It is a late socket 3 board that supports fast chips and the Pentium Overdrive. Windows 95 did run on machines, but not really all that well. The utility allows you to select the Front Side Bus frequency of your system, as well as tweak the core voltage from 2. This connector was also used later on early Pentium 4 boards, and is used here for a similar reason, to supply additional power. After all on-board graphics is all about reducing the cost. It is also close to the end of configuring major component with jumpers, replaced with auto-detection and software control. For every frame sent 8,, bytes have to be read the size of the frame buffer.

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The Socket board makes use of the same Intel BX chipset found in slot-1 motherboards, meaning that the features the market is used to have been ported over with a few new surprises.

There are not too many jumpers to configure, and those that are present have a silkscreen label to aid setting them. AsusHardwareMainboard. In service this probably would have been vef a good board and would have been capable of carrying some of the more cutting edge processors for the time.

Like other socket 3 boards this one has some cache on board in the form of the SRAM chips. I may be able to get a replacement, or I might have to hack this chip to disconnect the internal battery and attach my own external battery.

It seems they were one of the first to offer over-clocking as a feature quite early in the history of PCs. I had a quick look at benchmarks from the time and found it does nearly as well as some Mhz parts. Due to the fact that the Socket Celerons are clock-locked, MSI auto-detects the clock-multiplier of the installed CPU and doesn’t even bother with allowing you the option of configuring the inconfigurable setting, makes sense. They initially designed another socket, which was called socket 8, this saw limited production as there was a problem with how the cache was integrated onto the CPU.


Microstar MS Socket BX Preview

So how does this differ from a discrete graphics card? An unusual feature of this board is the un-populated footprint next to the main power supply connected. I found the manual for this board fairly quickly but was surprised to not find it on the ASUS website.

The CPU configuration block has no markings at all, requiring you to look up the manualwhich luckily is still available. After all on-board graphics is ms-6513 about reducing the cost. To ,s-6153 the fact they had a chipset like that they stuck stickers with the chip markings of veer manufacturers over the laser etchings.

These cache chips are marked as Writeback, which turns out to be the chip maker rather than the cache type. Not so much a technical achievement, but vet to see. They still cater to the over clocking market with a series of boards dedicated to it.

When this board was made SCSI was the go-to standard for server hard disks, mostly because of how much faster it was, but also because you could connect more disks to one controller.

MSI MS-6153 – motherboard – ATX – Socket 370 – i440BX

Although the RedHill guide says the graphic performance was reasonable compared to low-end cards. Intel’s highly criticized move back to a socketed design with the Socket seems to have been widely accepted by motherboard manufacturers, as all of the big names in the industry have already adopted the Socket platform in many of verr newer designs.

It does however require the CPU to communicate via the IO bus to issue scene data and rendering commands. The slot 1 design solved this problem by putting the CPU and cache in separate packages on an installable module. Today we return to the series on motherboards with a Socket 7 Intel chipset board made by Gigabyte.


Luckily standard AGP cards will work quite happily in this board. Judging by the date codes it was made in late This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Mother Board

Also note the very large power diodes very near to the SCSI port, quite an unusual feature! Last time I powered it on only one processor fan appeared to power up, I need to spend some time to determine if the power supply I have for it is the cuplrit or if this board has suffered some kind failure. The utility allows you to select the Front Side Bus frequency of your system, as well as tweak the core voltage from 2. There are also some rudimentary overclocking features on the board.

In this case if we were copying the same bitmap repeatedly we could half the bandwidth required as the whole bitmap could be stored in the cache.

Like other boards this age it has L2 cache chips, in this case K pipeline burst cache. The software bundled with the consists of MSI’s SoftCooler, a Software CPU Cooling Device that allows the processor to essentially “rest” while it is waiting for user input to begin processing another item, and depending on your CPU usage patterns, this software may significantly reduce the heat production and power consumption of your CPU. There are far fewer chips on this board compared to the older Gigabyte board I photographed last time.

Around the main chips are some of the reference silk-screen, which are quite handy, but are unfortunately quite distant from the jumpers they are a reference for!

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