iXBT Labs - Computer Hardware in Detail






MSI 6524 (SiS 650) Mainboard

This is the first board on the SiS650 and the first on a chipset with an integrated graphics core meant for Intel Pentium 4 processors which we were able to get. We tested this board completely including the whole package of graphics tests.

Accessories of the OEM package:

  • Documentation: a user manual in English;
  • CD with software including:
    • drivers;
    • utilities from AMI and Award for the Suspend-To-Disk function;
    • WinFlash from Award for BIOS flashing from Windows;
    • LiveBIOS;
    • Fuzzy Logic 3;
    • PC Alert;
    • GoodMem;
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader;
    • X-Setup - for adjusting most of Windows parameters;
    • PC-Cillin 2000 - popular antivirus packet;
    • 3Deep - for adjusting color balance;
    • VNC - for remote computer access.

The layout is not convenient, but it is typical of all boards of this format: all functional connectors are placed compactly. One of the serial ports is made in the form of a connector direct on the board as its place on the rear panel is taken by a VGA connector.

The feed circuits incorporate 8 capacitors of 2200 uF, 3 of 1800 uF and 2 of 1500 uF.

There are the following controllers: AC'97 codec ALC201A from Avance Logic (audio solution) - the chip supports SPDIF, but the respective connector is lacking, though there is one for audio-outs for the front computer panel; as well as a network controller supporting 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RTL8100L from Realtek.

Non-unsoldered connectors: Wake-On-LAN and Wake-On-Ring connectors.

Brief characteristics of the board: memory slots - 2 SDR SDRAM; expansion slots - AGP/ 3 PCI/ CNR; I/O ports - 2 COM/ LPT/ 2 PS/2/ 6 USB; dimensions - 245x230 mm.

Adjustment can be carried out with:

jumpers and switches Jumper to clear up CMOS
BIOS based on v6.00PG from Award Setup of memory timings + CAS Latency, System Performance
Setup of memory frequency + PC100, PC133, PC166
Setup of AGP bus +
Setup of PCI bus -
Changeable scaler of AGP and PCI buses -
Manual assignment of interrupts -
Changeable FSB frequency + 100, 105, 108, 112 MHz
Changeable CPU multiplier + x8 - x50
Changeable core voltage -
Changeable memory voltage -
Changeable chipset voltage -
Changeable AGP bus voltage -

Minimal settings and the format mean that this solution is designed for budget system, and a solution on the Intel Pentium 4 will the the most optimal as far as price is considered.

Test results:

Write a comment below. No registration needed!

Article navigation:

blog comments powered by Disqus

  Most Popular Reviews More    RSS  

AMD Phenom II X4 955, Phenom II X4 960T, Phenom II X6 1075T, and Intel Pentium G2120, Core i3-3220, Core i5-3330 Processors

Comparing old, cheap solutions from AMD with new, budget offerings from Intel.
February 1, 2013 · Processor Roundups

Inno3D GeForce GTX 670 iChill, Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphics Cards

A couple of mid-range adapters with original cooling systems.
January 30, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1

An external X-Fi solution in tests.
September 9, 2008 · Sound Cards

AMD FX-8350 Processor

The first worthwhile Piledriver CPU.
September 11, 2012 · Processors: AMD

Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge

Trying out the new method.
September 18, 2012 · Processors: Intel
  Latest Reviews More    RSS  

i3DSpeed, September 2013

Retested all graphics cards with the new drivers.
Oct 18, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, August 2013

Added new benchmarks: BioShock Infinite and Metro: Last Light.
Sep 06, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, July 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 and AMD Radeon HD 7730.
Aug 05, 2013 · 3Digests

Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Golden Sample Graphics Card

An excellent hybrid of GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GeForce GTX 660.
Jun 24, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

i3DSpeed, May 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770/780.
Jun 03, 2013 · 3Digests
  Latest News More    RSS  

Platform  ·  Video  ·  Multimedia  ·  Mobile  ·  Other  ||  About us & Privacy policy  ·  Twitter  ·  Facebook

Copyright © Byrds Research & Publishing, Ltd., 1997–2011. All rights reserved.