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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: UT2004, Doom 3

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 109.64
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 113.86
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 120.18
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 122.41
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 121.22
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 129.66
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 120.91
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 117.71
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 124.07
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 115.36
as-convoy FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 70.34
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 73.1
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 76.82
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 74.55
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 73.45
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 87.22
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 85.33
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 80.53
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 79.43
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 74.76
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 150.44
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 156.65
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 163.97
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.11
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.15
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 181.18
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 175.29
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 161.39
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 172.21
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 158.42

We were a bit puzzled to see these results we expected the K8N Neo4 to beat all the other motherboards. As it is, the motherboard sits in third place. The Gigabyte SLI board boasted excellent results in this test.

Doom 3

Source: id Software

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

Doom3
LQ 640x480: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 102.7
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 108.2
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 108.7
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 110
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 107.4
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 114
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 112.8
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 109
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 117.5
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 111.4

In the last benchmark of the day the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI comes out on top, proving both that it is an excellent games platform, and that dual SLI 6600GT cards are a viable way for any hardcore gamer to go if they do not want to shell out for the high-end cards.

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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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