Test Configuration

Processor(s): Intel Celeron 366
RAM: 1 - 64MB Memory Man PC100 SDRAM DIMM
Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar AC35100 - UltraATA
Video Card(s): Matrox Millennium G200 (8MB SGRAM - AGP)
Bus Master Drivers: Microsoft Win98 DMA Drivers
Video Drivers: MGA Millennium G200 Release 1677-411
Operation System(s): Windows 98
Motherboard Revision: MSI MS-6153 Pre-release Revision 0B


Windows 98 Performance

  Winstone Quake 2
Business 98 Business 99 Quake 2 demo1.dm2 crusher.dm2
Intel Celeron 366 (66MHz FSB) 26.0 18.1 15.1 11.0
Intel Celeron 413 (75MHz FSB) 27.7 19.3 17.0 12.0
Intel Celeron 458 (83MHz FSB) 29.6 20.6 20.9 13.3

The Final Decision

The MS-6153 brings high quality, performance, reliability, and stability to the table without removing itself from the low-cost pricing bracket.  Who said a low-cost motherboard had to be a poorly made one?  Not Microstar.  The MS-6153 is a clear example of how Socket-370 motherboards should be made, with the high-end user in mind, yet without the high-end budget to complement that.   Once the board finally ships, AnandTech will take another look at the final release, hoping to see some of those higher FSB settings enabled, and maybe even a couple more surprises, an improved user's manual would be desired, especially for those that would be setting up a system for the first time.

How it Rates

AnandTech Motherboard Rating

Performance 83%
Price 83%
Ease of Use 90%
Overclocked Stability 85%
General Stability 88%
Quality 88%
Documentation 65%
Reliability 85%
Overall Rating 83%

The New Rating System
Each motherboard is rated in 8 areas, Performance, Price, Ease of Use, Overclocked Stability, Stability, Quality, Documentation, and Reliability.

Do not compare newer scores to older ones, the newer scores are much more aggressive

  • Performance - How well the motherboard compares to others in its class

  • Price - How competitive the price of the motherboard is when compared to others in its class

  • Ease of Use - How easy it is to setup the motherboard, jumper settings, jumperless configuration etc...

  • Overclocked Stability - How stable the motherboard is at overclocked CPU/Bus speeds

  • Stability - How stable the motherboard is at normal CPU/Bus speeds

  • Quality - How much effort went into producing the motherboard

  • Documentation - How helpful is the manual and bundled support manuals

  • Reliability - How long will this motherboard last, will it fail? Deals with quantity/size of capacitors, known bugs, etc...

  • Overall Rating - an average of the eight above areas

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