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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.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Feb 24 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001

PCMark04 Source: FutureMark

The latest version of the popular PCMark series, PCMark04 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including whole applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark04 to maintain a smaller installation size while still giving accurate results.

PCMark04:
Overall Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4804
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5042
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4992
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4943
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4927
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5024
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 4924
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 5034
CPU Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4552
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4620
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4558
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4546
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4563
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4564
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 4578
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 4609
Memory Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4968
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5737
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5043
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4984
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4994
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5757
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 5017
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 5790

PCMark04 likes the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI quite a bit more. Those are some impressive numbers!

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, 3DMark 2001 SE continues to provide a good overall system benchmark. 3DMark2001 SE was created in co-operation 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 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.

3DMark2001SE:
Motherboards: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 27601
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 29144
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 28908
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 28383
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 28127
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 27766
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 27429
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 21860
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 28976
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 23676

In 3DMark the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI does very well despite using the slower X800XT videocard instead of the X800XT PE. The board also scores about 10% more than the Gigabyte SLI motherboard which is pretty significant.

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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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