Anandtech:The Fastest Pentium 4 Motherboard we've ever tested!-- 655 M

Latest Update: Thu, 13 Feb 2003


" ...we can safely say that MSI®'s 655 Max motherboard is the fastest Pentium® 4 motherboard we've ever tested, albeit by a relatively slim margin over Rambus solutions based on Intel®'s 850E chipset. While E7205 boards were more or less the performance equivalent of PC1066 Rambus equipped systems, MSI®'s 655 Max has clearly taken the performance lead..."

Amazingly enough, that is, the highest FSB overclock we've been able to achieve out of any P4 motherboard has been 166MHz FSB What's even more impressive is that the MSI™ 655 Max was able to reach 168MHz FSB fairly easily and was, for the most part, quite stable. However, we experienced a couple device failures (keyboard and mouse) at 168MHz FSB that wasn't remedied until we brought it down to 165MHz FSB. Overall we're thrilled at these overclocking results.

Motherboard Specifications
CPU Interface
SiS® 655 North Bridge
SiS® 963 South Bridge
Bus Speeds
up to 250MHz (in 1MHz increments)
Core Voltages
Supported up to 1.60V (in 0.025V increments)
I/O Voltages Supported
DRAM Voltages Supported
up to 2.8V (in 0.1V increments)
Memory Slots
4 184-pin DDR DIMM Slots
Expansion Slots
1 AGP 8X Slot
6 PCI Slots
Onboard RAID
Promise PDC20376 controller
Onboard USB
2.0/IEEE-1394 USB 2.0 supported through South Bridge
Agere FW803 FireWire controller
Onboard LAN
Broadcom 5702 Gigabit controller
Onboard Audio
C-Media CMI9739A controller
Onboard Serial ATA
Promise PDC20376 controller
BIOS Revision
A6730SSP VB.0BC 01072003

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