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Exclusive Peek : MSI 845G Max-L motherboard
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 21st May, 2002

Graphics Performance

We tested the board with an Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU running at only 400MHz FSB. Intel has yet to launch the 533MHz FSB CPU which is why we tested it with what we have currently. Since this is only a preview, we'll have more overclocking results in the full article. In order to compare the graphics performance, we used an ABIT Siluro GeForce2 MX 200 with the board and ran the same benchmarks. Here are some preliminary findings :-

In 3D Mark 2001SE, you can see that the 3D graphics performance with the 845G chipset is rather disappointing even when compared with the GeForce2 MX 200. This is largely due to the fact that hardware T&L is supported on the GeForce2 MX 200 and not on the 845G. The Intel 845G only managed to run with software T&L and I guess you can pretty much make the conclusions yourself right here.

We used Quake 3 Arena to test its OpenGL performance and the trends were more or less the same with 3D Mark 2001SE. We compared the performance with a GeForce2 MX 200 and you can guess by now, how much more speed you can get by spending a little more on a GeForce2 MX 400 or even an entry-level RADEON 7000.

However, we should just take these results with a pinch of salt. Since Intel has yet to launch the 845G, the drivers are still quite immature. Since the driver sent to us is probably an early revision, there might still be a chance that the final release would contain better optimizations.

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