MSI at Computex 2002 in Taipei
MSI is presenting some interesting products at Computex 2002 in Taipei, some of which we would like to take a closer look at. The 'MSI Online Exhibition' at Computex 2002 is also praiseworthy, as it enables any interested reader to find out more about the new products.
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One of the interesting things there is the '850E Max MS-6592' , which also uses the ICH4 as a representative of the i850E chipset from Intel, although this should actually be intended for the i845E/G. MSI is thus moving up on this bandwagon, as Gigabyte announced a few days ago ( we reported ). In addition, the board has two 32-bit RIMMs that can be equipped with up to 2 GB of RAM. This means that the dual configuration, which was still necessary with 16-bit RIMMs in order to achieve 32-bit, is a thing of the past and you can now only use one module. In addition, the '850E Max' offers two 'Serial ATA' and one 'Parallel ATA133' interface via Promise 20375 Serial ATA Raid Controller. At least here nothing stands in the way of the breakthrough of the new generation of hard drives, which are still not available on the mass market.
With the '648Max MS-6585' MSI also brings a Pentium4 board with SiS648 northbridge and SiS963 southbridge. What is surprising is that the SiS648 was actually announced a few months ago in combination with the SiS962 Southbridge and not with its successor. This change had already been announced in the last SiS roadmaps. In addition to 6 USB2.0 ports, AGP8x and MuTIOL533, the dual-channel DDR333 support is likely to cause a stir. Unfortunately, MSI does not talk about Firewire with the '648Max MS-6585', although the SiS963 Southbridge supports this as well.
But things are also interesting in MSI's AMD warehouse.
With the ' N18Ultra MS-6570 ' MSI sends a Socket 462 board with Nvidia's Crush 18 (NV18) into the race. In addition to USB2.0, the Crush18 offers DDR333/266 and AGP8x support. The performance of the integrated graphics should be in the range of a GeForce4 MX440.
The 'KT4Ultra MS-6590' is equipped with VIA's KT400 and thus offers DDR400/333 and 266 support for the first time for AMD's SocketA platform. Nothing needs to be said about the obligatory USB2.0 and AGP8x support, except that the sense of AGP8x is still in the stars, at least for the moment. VIA also has to put up with the question of what DDR400 is doing with the current AthlonXP. The data transfer rate of the CPU is already exhausted at 2.1GB, so that DDR266 is completely sufficient. Even DDR333 cannot always convince in connection with VIA's KT333 and in some cases has to admit defeat to the KT266A with DDR266. The advertising effect is all the greater and certainly not insignificant for inexperienced buyers.
But the most interesting is probably the 'K8A Gem MS-6589' , the one from AMD's 8151 North and 8111 Southbridge has and is designed for Socket 754. Thus the new AMD Claw Hammer is supported. Under the item 'CPU Frequency', MSI specifies 1.6GHz, so that one can assume that the first Claw Hammer available on the market will only be clocked at 1.6GHz. It would even be below the clock frequency of the current AthlonXP 2100+, which is operated at 1733MHz. The two DIMM slots of the K18A offer space for a maximum of 3GB DDR333. USB2.0 and onboard LAN should of course not be missing. The layout of the new board seems to take some getting used to and also the information from MSI that assigns 3 PCI slots to the board amazes us in view of the 5 PCI slots on the board.
AsFinally, we would like to briefly mention the 'CD-RW MS-8348' . This 48x12x48x burner can now write CDs just as quickly as it can read them. He writes CD-RWs at 12x speed.
If you feel like more, it is best to take another look at MSI's homepage for Computex 2002.