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MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R K8T800 Motherboard Review

MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R K8T800 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Now that the Athlon64 era is upon us you will soon be bombarded with all types of Athlon64 based peripherals.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Sep 23 2003   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the Athlon64

Overclocking the Athlon64 3200+ on the MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R is very much like overclocking a Pentium 4 processor now that AMD has multiplier locked the processor. It may take a while for a seasoned pro to get use to the new process.

Now don't get too upset about AMD locking multipliers, if I were them I'd do the exact same thing. I believe it was the fake/modified AthlonXP's selling for inflated prices that prompted this move.... but don't quote me on that.

Anyway getting back to the fun stuff, because the memory controller and clock generator are built into the core of the Athlon64 3200+ processor, overclocking the processor can be a lot more tricky as memory controllers tend to max out very quickly. Also, not much is known about the integrated clock generator and about how high it can go.

Using the stock AVC HSF we started to raise the clock speed of the entire motherboard. At around 210 MHz 'FSB' we ran into a few stability problems but raising the memory voltage to 2.8V fixed that. At 221 MHz 'FSB' we again ran into memory related issues and had to run the memory at 6:5 memory divider (DDR333 mode).

We were a bit surprised that the Corsair XMS3500 CAS2 DIMM's maxed out so quickly as they easily ran at 225-230 MHz 'FSB' in dual channel mode with the most aggressive timings on an nForce2 based motherboard. Perhaps the Athlon64's integrated memory controller was starting to max out?

With the 6:5 memory divider enabled we seemed to hit a wall at 223 MHz FSB. No matter what we tried we couldn't get the Athlon64 3200+ processor to run any faster. Another interesting aspect of trying to figure out the sweet spots of a new processor; no matter what the Vcore was set to, the voltage the processor received stayed at 1.5V. I'm not sure what the explanation for this is, but I'm sure the situation for enthusiasts will be clearer in the upcoming weeks.

On a side note, I found myself reading the K8T Neo-FIS2R's manual because the Athlon64 and accompanying peripherals are so new, so thankfully MSI did a good job describing every little trivial thing. It's hard to find much not to like about the K8T Neo-FIS2R; dual BIOS' would have been nice to have for one. MSI bundled in four Serial ATA power connectors but only one actual Serial ATA connector... which was a bit odd. Any way, on with the benchmarks of this K8T800 socket 754 Athlon64 motherboard!

Test System Spec's

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:


Pentium 4 3.2C*
AthlonXP 3200+
Athlon64 3200+

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
11 x 200 MHz = 2.2 GHz
10 x 200 MHz = 2 GHz


Intel D875PBZ
Albatron KX18D Pro-II


nForce2 Ultra 400


ATi Radeon 9800 Pro


2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK6 w/36CFM Delta
AVC Sunflower
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
nVIDIA nForce 2.45
Intel INF 5.02
VIA 4in1 4.49
Catalyst 3.7

Workstation Benchmarks

Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
Winbench 99
SiSoft Sandra 2003
AquaMark 3
Quake III Arena

* - HyperThreading was enabled during the Intel tests.

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Contents of Article: MSI K8T Neo
 Pg 1.  MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R K8T800 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Socket 754-class A64
 Pg 3.  VIA K8T800 core logic
 Pg 4.  New Thermal Solutions Athlon64
 Pg 5.  The K8T-Neo's BIOS
 Pg 6.  — Overclocking the Athlon64
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2002, Winstone 2002
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 11.  UT2003 Benchmarks and Conclusions

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