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MSI K7N2-L nForce2 Motherboard Review

MSI K7N2-L nForce2 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: nVIDIA's original nForce chipset had lots of potential and made a lot of promises, but in the end it fizzled out big time.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Jan 30 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001, QIII Arena

3DMark2001 SE Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001 SE Benchmark Results
Processor 3DMarks Ranking
1. AD77 Infinity - 166/333 14275
2. K7N2-L - 166/400 15073
3. K7N2-L - 175/350 16054

Stock speeds, the K7N2-L is about 800 3DMarks faster then the AD77 (KT400) motherboard! That's a huge performance difference for just a motherboard!

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees.

Quake III Arena Fastest demo001 (SYSTEM)
Processor FPS Ranking
1. AD77 Infinity - 166/333 290.4
2. K7N2-L - 166/400 333.7
3. K7N2-L - 175/350 369.6

Quake III Arena Fastest nv15demo (CPU STRESS)
Processor FPS Ranking
1. AD77 Infinity - 166/333 80.6
2. K7N2-L - 166/400 94
3. K7N2-L - 175/350 105.6

Quake III has always been a bandwidth hog and it seems like 3D applications like the added bandwidth of the nForce2! A 43 FPS difference in demo001 is huge !

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Contents of Article: MSI K7N2-L
 Pg 1.  MSI K7N2-L nForce2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Over clocking and heatsink Clearances
 Pg 3.  The Wonderful Blue BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2003, PCMark 2002
 Pg 7.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001, QIII Arena
 Pg 8.  nForce2 is the real deal

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