What's the better on-board video- SiS 730S or S3 Savage4 3D?

Sandor

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I'm building a budget computer for a friend, and was trying to decide which mobo to get. It came down to the ECS K7SEM (with SiS 730S video) or either Biostar M7VKG or the MSI 6340M v3.0 (both with S3 Savage4 3D). Each has advantages, but the most noticable one to my friend would be the video, especially during DVD playback. Thanks for the advice!
 

rondeemc

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I have several of the MSI in use and they are very good boards (ie stable). I don't have any running dvd but one of our other stations is a Pentium II @ 400 with an 8meg nvidia board. The video on either of these is better then that and the processors will be quite a bit better then the Intel. The MSI does not have on-board monitoring of temp. I have no experience with ECS but it would be nice to have the onboard ethernet but the stats page doesnt mention supporting XP's which the MSI does.
 

eplebnista

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Hello,

I'd go with the ECS, as it has an AGP slot for future upgrades. I think the performance is very similar between the GPU's used on the boards.

hth,
eplebnista
 

Sandor

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Seems like both kinds would probably do what I want. After further review, I think I'm going to go with one I just stumbled across- PC Chips 810LMR. From what I gather ECS and PC Chips are basically the same company, but it seems the 810LMR has a 266FSB, and the K7SEM only has 200FSB.
 

DieHardware

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<< it seems the 810LMR has a 266FSB, and the K7SEM only has 200FSB >>

They both use the same chipset and both can run at 266FSB. The 810 comes with an AMR modem and the newer revision has 4-channel sound, and the ECS uses a seperate chip for it's NIC.