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MSI K7N2G-ILSR nForce2 Motherboard Review

MSI K7N2G-ILSR nForce2 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Well equipped with SATA/IDE RAID, 10/100 LAN, IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, 6-channel audio, TV-out and of course nVIDIA's integrated video.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Feb 19 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > MSI K7N2G-ILSR

Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone2002

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AthlonXP 2700+
Clock Speed:

13 x 166 = 2.16 GHz

Motherboards:

MSI K7N2-L
MSI K7N2G-ILSR

Chipsets: nVIDIA nForce2 SPP
nVIDIA nForce2 IGP
Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro (not used with the K7N2G)
Integrated GeForce4 MX

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2

Hard Drive: 20GB Maxtor DiamondMAX+
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK6 w/37 CFM YS Tech
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA Hyperion 4.45
nVIDIA nForce 2.00
Catalyst 2.5
Benchmarks

SysMark 2002
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2002
PCMark2002
3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena

We all know how fast the nForce2/Radeon 9700 Pro is, and for this review it was not used. Our tests with the MSI K7N2G-ILSR are based entirely on the use of the integrated GeForce4 MX GPU.

BAPCO Sysmark 2002 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. The applications used during testing have been updated and most importantly for AMD users, the new SysMark2002 uses the Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which supports the AthlonXP's SSE instructions.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Internet Content (FSB/Memory) Sysmarks Ranking
1. K7N2-L - 166/400 274
2. K7N2G-ILSR - 166/333 280
3. K7N2G-ILSR - 175/350 296

Office Productivity (FSB/Memory)

1. K7N2-L - 166/400 171
2. K7N2G-ILSR - 166/333 183
3. K7N2G-ILSR - 175/350 189

Yes, I know nForce2 runs fastest when the memory is running in sync with the FSB, but this shows that pretty well too. Overclocking brings a slight performance boost.

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP.

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Content Content (FSB/Memory) Score Ranking
1. K7N2-L - 166/400 31
2. K7N2G-ILSR - 166/333 31.3
3. K7N2G-ILSR - 175/350 33.2

Business Winstone (FSB/Memory)

1. K7N2-L - 166/400 45.1
2. K7N2G-ILSR - 166/333 44.3
3. K7N2G-ILSR - 175/350 45.5

The Winstone 2002 benchmarks show that MSI's the two motherboards perform about the same (no big surprise). Since we're testing this board based on its integrated video chipset, benchmarks for the FIC AU11, Epox 8RDA+ and Asus A7N8X motherboards which did not make use of the IGP, are not included here.

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Contents of Article: MSI K7N2G-ILSR
 Pg 1.  MSI K7N2G-ILSR nForce2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Close up with the K7N2G-ILSR
 Pg 3.  Around the Socket: Heatsink Clearances
 Pg 4.  The K7N2G-ILSR BIOS:
 Pg 5.  — Benchmarks: SysMark2002, Winstone2002
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winbench99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: QIII and Conclusion

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