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MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R Platinum NF3-250Gb Motherboard Review

MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R Platinum NF3-250Gb Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: When AMD integrated a memory controller into the Athlon64 processor, they took away one of the key performance features that differentiates one chipset from another.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI May 18 2004   Colin Sun  
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BIOS continued

We'll get to the DOT Ranger overclocking in a second, first for the more experienced overclockers you can change the motherboard clock speed from 200-300 MHz in 1 MHz intervals. The AGP speed can be set independent of the motherboard from 66-100 MHz, again in 1 MHz steps.

HyperTransport speeds can be adjusted from 1x (200 MHz) to 5x (1 GHz), but 4x (800 MHz) is default. Maximum memory voltage is 2.85V, AGP voltage 1.85V and CPU voltage 1.81V. The MSI K8N supports CPU multiplier adjustments, but only integer numbered multipliers! By that I mean you cannot select .5 multipliers like 9.5, 8.5, 7.5, etc.

MSI uses military ranks to designate the various DOT (Dynamic Overclocking Technology) settings but I think MSI might have gotten some of these ranks backwards , last time I checked General is a higher rank than Commander.

As you can see Private will only overclock your system 1% when under load while Captain will increase your system speed by 5% and Commander to 11%. By default, DOT is enabled and is set to Captain, obviously for testing DOT was disabled.

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Contents of Article: MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R
 Pg 1.  MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R Platinum NF3-250Gb Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The NF3-250Gb Chipset
 Pg 3.  MSI CoreCell Chip and Overclocking
 Pg 4.  — BIOS continued
 Pg 5.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi, PCMark2002
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2003 and Conclusions

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