MSI mPC 51PV Small Form Factor PC

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Our Test Systems and PCMark05

How we configured our test systems: When configuring our test systems for the following set of benchmarks, we first entered their respective system BIOSes and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High-Performance Defaults." The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows XP Professional (SP2) was installed. When the Windows installation was complete, we installed the drivers necessary for our components, and removed Windows Messenger from the system. Auto-Updating and System Restore were then disabled, and we set up a 1024MB permanent page file on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance," installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drives, and ran all of the tests.

HotHardware's Test Systems
AMD & Intel Inside!

System 1:
Athlon 62 X2 5000+ (2.6GHz)

MSI mPC51PV

(NVIDIA nForce C51PV)

2x512MB Corsair PC-8500

CL 4-4-4-12 - DDR2-800

GeForce 7900 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce Drivers v8.26
NVIDIA Forceware v91.47
DirectX 9.0c

System 2:
Athlon 62 X2 5000+ (2.6GHz)

Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
(NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI)

2x512MB Corsair PC-8500

CL 4-4-4-12 - DDR2-800

GeForce 7900 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
nForce Drivers v6.86
NVIDIA Forceware v91.47
DirectX 9.0c
System 3:
Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz)
Pentium XE 965 (3.73GHz)

Intel D975XBX Motherboard
(975x Chipset)

2x512MB Corsair PC-8500
CL 4-4-4-12 - DDR2-800

GeForce 7900 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel INF 8.0.1.1002
NVIDIA Forceware v91.47
DirectX 9.0c
Futuremark PCMark05
Synthetic CPU and Memory Benchmarks

"The CPU test suite is a collection of tests that are run to isolate the performance of the CPU. The CPU Test Suite also includes multithreading: two of the test scenarios are run multithreaded; the other including two simultaneous tests and the other running four tests simultaneously. The remaining six tests are run single threaded. Operations include, File Compression/Decompression, Encryption/Decryption, Image Decompression, and Audio Compression" - Courtesy FutureMark Corp.

The MSI mPC 51PV hung alongside Asus' M2N32-SLI in PCMark05's CPU performance module, but ultimately fell shy of the mark set by the full sized board.  Asus has been known to goose clock speeds a bit even at default settings though, and the mPC 51PV isn't designed for hardcore enthusiasts, so we harp on the <200 point different seen here.


"The Memory test suite is a collection of tests that isolate the performance of the memory subsystem. The memory subsystem consists of various devices on the PC. This includes the main memory, the CPU internal cache (known as the L1 cache) and the external cache (known as the L2 cache). As it is difficult to find applications that only stress the memory, we explicitly developed a set of tests geared for this purpose. The tests are written in C++ and assembly. They include: Reading data blocks from memory, Writing data blocks to memory performing copy operations on data blocks, random access to data items and latency testing."  - Courtesy FutureMark Corp.

PCMark05's memory performance module also had the MSI mPC 51PC finishing just behind the Asus MSN32-SLI board.  The Intel-based systems took the lead here, but we'll be focusing on the performance of delta separating the AMD powered rigs in this article.  The Intel scores are here for reference purposes only.


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