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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  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > MSI Computer K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI

Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99

Winstone 2004 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications in Windows XP.

Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2004
Business Winstone 2004: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 27
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 28.6
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) N/A
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) N/A
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 29.4
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 33.4
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 29.3
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 28.6
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 34.7
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 37.2
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) N/A
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) N/A
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 35.9
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 36.3
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 35.7
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 35.1

The MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI runs about middle of the pack here.

Winbench 99 Source: Zdnet

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphical, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP systems.

Winbench 99
Business Disk WinMark: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 30000
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 9990
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 19600
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 19400
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 19200
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 18900
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 8530
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 4060
High-End Disk WinMark: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 51800
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 34900
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 43300
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 41000
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 42600
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 36900
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 33600
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 31900
Business Graphics WinMark: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 1580
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 1700
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 1490
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 1580
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 1560
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 1710
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 1470
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 916
High-End Graphics WinMark: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 2470
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 2650
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 2460
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 2490
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 2480
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 2660
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 2230
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 2130

I was very surprised to see how weak the drive performance of the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI was. Hopefully newer nForce drivers will address this troublesome issue....

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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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