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SiS 655FX Chipset Reference Motherboard

SiS 655FX Chipset Reference Motherboard - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the SiS655FX, the company is now positioned to be a key player in the Intel chipset market, offering better value to motherboard makers.
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External Mfg. Website: SIS Nov 03 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > SIS 655FX

A Look Around a Reference Board

The 655FX reference motherboard is about 2 cm longer then regular sized ATX motherboards and has several ports and connectors you are unlikely to find on any other board. The SiS 655FX Northbridge generates a fair amount of heat under power, but only a small active cooler is required to keep it operational. The SIS 964 southbridge does not feature any type of cooling attachment, though there are mounting holes which suggest that option is necessary in some circumstances.

The new SiS 964 Southbridge supports enhanced Ultra/133 data transfers (we'll get more into that in a bit) as well as two Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID (0 and 1 support). The SIS964 also natively supports 10/100 LAN as well as 1/10 Mb HomePNA (Phone Line) controller and eight USB 2.0 ports.

The SIS964 does get quite warm during operation, so it wouldn't surprise me to see manufacturers place a passive heatsink on the Southbridge in the future.

To enable the dual channel memory architecture you need to install the system memory in pairs and they must go in alternating DIMM slots.

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Contents of Article: SIS 655FX
 Pg 1.  SiS 655FX Chipset Reference Motherboard
 Pg 2.  — A Look Around a Reference Board
 Pg 3.  A unique layout of components
 Pg 4.  SiS 655FX Northbridge
 Pg 5.  What is HyperStreaming?
 Pg 6.  System Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2000, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2003, SpecviewPerf 7
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 11.  Competition for the i875P and i865PE

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