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MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review

MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Built upon the nVidia nForce3 Ultra chipset, the MSI K8N Neo2 supports the socket 939 AMD Athlon64 or AthlonFX processor, and will support up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Oct 01 2004   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusion

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced OpenGL game to date, it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limits. At its highest setting Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrows videocards will have a hard time running everything. The framerates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Doom 3 - LQ 640x480
Video Card FPS Ranking
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra, 200/400) 78.9

MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra, 236/392)

76.3

Doom 3 is very videocard dependant, which is why we make a point of benchmarking motherboards at such low detail and resolution. Still, it's nice to see that performance figures are is good.

Conclusions:

The K8N Neo2 Platinum certainly looks like a modern motherboard; its DIMM slots are above the CPU socket, and it has one heck of an core logic chipset. From our time testing the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum we came to notice a few quirks... For starters, the third and fourth Serial ATA headers are up next to the CPU socket (why?)and the Clear CMOS jumper is too close to the last PCI slot. These things are trivial, however.

Our biggest issue with the motherboard resides with confusing labels on the DDR slots. As the labelling seems to indicate, to enable the dual channel DDR memory controller install memory into slots one and three, or two and four. This is incorrect. After reading the users manual it becomes clear that what MSI is actually discribing is installing memory in slots one and two, and three and four. Or in other words one DIMM on channel A and one DIMM on channel B, for dual channel setup. Most other manufacturers use DIMM colours to coordinate which two slots should be used. MSI on the other hand uses them to represent the two 64 bit channels.

Ultimately, the performance we were looking for from the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum is there, and it's excellent. Considering the benchmarks we tossed at it, the K8N Neo2 was more than able to keep up with the other K8T800 Pro and nForce3 Ultra motherboards.

In terms of overclocking? Well the results were a bit frustrating, but overclocking can sometimes be like that. Given the only real option for socket 939 Athlon64 and AthlonFX platforms are based upon VIA and nVidia chipsets, the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum certainly makes a good case for itself. It is packed with features thanks to the nForce3 Ultra, it is enthusiast friendly, and it is stable. If it had PCI Express it would be darn near impossible to beat!

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Contents of Article: MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
 Pg 1.  MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Nvidia does RAID
 Pg 3.  nForce3 Ultra
 Pg 4.  The nVIDIA Firewall
 Pg 5.  Overclocking and the nVIDIA BIOS
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 13.  — Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusion

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