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MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI Motherboard Review

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The motherboard supports Socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processors with HyperTransport running at a smooth 1 GHz.
 82% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Feb 24 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003

Comanche 4 Source: Novalogic

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique test as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player "Eagle's Talon" mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo will measure your system's performance in the standard frames per second format. The benchmark was run with audio disabled.

Comanche 4
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 78.26
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 79.88
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 79.6
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 78.96
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 79.51
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 80.54
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 79.87
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 78.77
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 81.83
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 81.24

Only one other motherboard is able to break the 80 fps barrier in Comanche 4. The MSI K8N Neo4 is one smoking board!

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them) and many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2 The Threat
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 189.189
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 192.078
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 192.69
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 203.556
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 198.56
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 197.482
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 198.145
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 188.146
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 211.237
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 194.682

In X2: The Threat, the excellent memory bandwidth of the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI powers it to number one spot despite using a slightly slower videocard.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 - Flyby:
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 342.59
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 353.64
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 352.42
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 343.52
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 346.19
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 357.077
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 349.53
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 288.54
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 364.11
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 301.41
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 107.93
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 111.36
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 111.71
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 108.12
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 109.58
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 112.15
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 109.88
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 102.31
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 115.15
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 107.01

UT2003 at low resolutions is an excellent test of system performance and here we see the K8N Neo4 is in front by more than just a hair.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI
 Pg 1.  MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Lot of integrated peripherals!
 Pg 3.  nForce4 Technology Loving
 Pg 4.  Overclocking, BIOS and test system specs
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 12.  Fast and well equipped, that's MSI for you...

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