A Walk About in SLS (28-5-2005)
Here’s the regular dosage of VR-Zone’s SLS Walk About. Look in here for the latest finds and updates right from the heart of the best IT shopping center, Sim Lim Square.
A new week has came by, and VR-Zone presents the latest around Sim Lim
First, over at Fuwell, we saw the new MSI K8MM-V. Priced at
$ 149, this simple
motherboard is a no frills board targeted at budget users. Based on VIA K8M800
chipset, it offers onboard S3 Unichrome graphics, with ability to share up to
64MB of frame buffer. Also, an interesting addition to this board, onboard SATA
RAID. Together with VIA’s VT8237R, this board offers SATA RAID capabilities.
Other amenities like DDR400 support, onboard 6 channel audio, 10/100 onboard LAN
are also present. Not bad a budget board!
The packaging of the box. Pretty much like other budget “V” class boards.
The label on the packaging, with some quick specifications.
The board itself. Signature red PCB, as usual.
The southbridge present for this board. With VT8237R, SATA would be supported
thru this chip, and to top it off, SATA RAID capabilities, like stripping and
mirroring are supported. Impressive for a budget board to have these
The I/O connectors on the board. Pretty standard over here, with VGA out,
common for most budget boards.
The silkscreen label available on this board. PCB Version 1 for the board we
An interesting note that we found, this cheap board comes with all branded
capacitors, like these here. Good!