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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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Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

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 Benchmark Results
Motherboard 3DMarks Ranking
Asus K8V Deluxe 20178

Gigabyte K8NNXP

20061
Gigabyte K8NSNXP 20264

MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R (9800XT)

20464
MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R (5950 Ultra) 19681
MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R (9800XT, 223/446) 21255

In 3DMark we see that the MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R Platinum again pulls ahead of the competition. Because of the way the GeForceFX 5950 Ultra is designed, it does not do quite as well in 3DMark2001.

AquaMark3 Source: Massive Development

AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Because the benchmark extensively utilizes DirectX9, DirectX8 and DirectX7 functionality, it represents the requirements of typical gaming applications in 2003 and 2004.

AquaMark3 Benchmark Results (Processor)
Motherboard Points Ranking
Asus K8V Deluxe 8943

Gigabyte K8NNXP

9265
Gigabyte K8NSNXP 9312

MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R (9800XT)

9384
MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R (5950 Ultra) 9593
MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R (9800XT, 223/446) 9876

AquaMark3 Benchmark Results (Overall)
Motherboard Points Ranking
Asus K8V Deluxe 45606

Gigabyte K8NNXP

45346
Gigabyte K8NSNXP 46156

MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R (9800XT)

46207
MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R (5950 Ultra) 52421
MSI K8N Neo-FIS2R (9800XT, 223/446) 51225

Wow! It looks like nVIDIA really did optimize the NF3-250 for nVIDIA based videocards! That's one high stock AquaMark3 score, even when the system is overclocked with the Radeon 9800XT cannot catch up to the nVIDIA/nVIDIA combo!

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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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