Tom's Socket AM2 Motherboard Summer Slam

Test Setup

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System Hardware
Socket AM2AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 (Windsor 90 nm, 2.80 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
RAM2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4.0-4-4-8)Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 XMS6404v1.1
Graphics CardMSI RX1900XTXVT2D512EGPU : ATI X1900XTX (650 MHz)RAM : 512 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
Hard Drive I (read)1x 150 GB 10.000 rpm, 8 MB cache, SATAIIWestern Digital WD1500ADFD
Hard Drive II (write)1x 150 GB 10.000 rpm, 8 MB cache, SATAIIWestern Digital WD1500ADFD
DVD-ROMGigabyte GO-D1600C (16x)
ATI GraphicCatalyst 6.8
ATI ChipsetCatalyst 6.8
Nvidia nForce 500 SeriesForceware 9.35
DirectXVersion : 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
OSWindows XP, Build 2600 SP2

Nothing too fancy here, but it is no slouch either : an Athlon 64 FX-62 CPU and 2 GB of DDR2-800 RAM with a CAS latency of 4. Not too shabby, indeed.

What are our expectations ? Well, frankly we’d be surprised if any board pulls ahead at any particular task. With the memory controller on the Athlon 64 die, performance shouldn’t deviate that much at all. The only real wildcard in the suite is the single Radeon Xpress 3200 chipset, and we’ll be surprised if any leads by any particular board falls outside the margin of error.

Benchmarks And Software

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Benchmarks and Settings
F.E.A.RVersion : 1.0 RetailVideo Mode : 1024x768Computer : HighGraphics Card : mediumOptions/Performance/Test settings
Quake 4Version : 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)Video Mode : 1024x768Video Quality : defaultTHG Timedemo waste.maptimedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
TMPEG 3.0 ExpressVersion : (no Audio)182 MB VOB MPEG2-source (704x576) 16:9
DivX 6.25Version : 6.25 (4 Logical CPUs)Certification Profile : High Definition ProfileMultipass, 3000 kb/sEncoding mode : Insane Quality
XviD 1.2.0Version : 1.2.0 SMP BetaEncoding type : Twopass - Single passProfile @ Level : DXN HT PALTarget size (kB) : 570000
Lame MP3Version 3.97 Beta 2 (11-29-2005)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 74 minwave to mp3160 kbps
OGGVersion 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 74 minwave to oggQuality : 5
WinrarVersion 3.60 BETA 4 (Dual-Core)(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)Compression = BestDictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion : 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Adobe Photoshop CS 2Version : 9.0.1VT-Runtime ScriptRendering from 5 Pictures (66 MB, 7 Filters)
PCMark05 ProVersion : 1.1.0CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player Media Encoder
SiSoftware Sandra 2007Version 2007.5.10.98CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMediaMemory Test = Bandwidth BenchmarkMemory Latency Test = ns
Windows Media Player 10Version :
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    ive had a headache with this board =/ didnt do my homework and bought a phenom x4 9600 and then found out its not compatible with this board =/ i also bought a evga geforce gts 250 512 mb card and it wont post on this board and i get no display, im assuming its just not compatible because i posted it on another board with a psu that was weaker than mine and it had a display. if anyone can shed light on my situation with this video card not posting on this board, would be great. as far as recommending this board, im not even sure its still in production, but i would not reccomend it. spend the extra cash and get a board that can handle a quad core and a modern gfx card. also the cpu fan mounting bracket had one of the tabs break off on me, so i had to get a new psu fan mount, so that gives you an idea of what high quality this board is anyways =/ plus i think i heard that epox went out of business.....
  • I bought two of these boards and both ended up with the same problem of a read-out of 4 red lights saying the processor is bad!Wrong!They are both fine and this is the worst board I have ever had!I will not be buying any more of MSI boards again!Still not sure what the problem is,but these are going straight to the trash!!!!