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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: 3DMark05, AquaMark3

3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is the latest version of the highly favoured 3DMark graphics benchmarking series. It is the first benchmark to require DirectX®9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 or higher!

3DMark05
Overall: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4482
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4959
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5015
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4774
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4678
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5146
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 5579
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 5563
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 5583
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 6209
CPU: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4824
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4920
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5546
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4713
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4654
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5110
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 4614
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 4925
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 5321
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 5158

There should be no surprise at how fast the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI is in 3D benchmarks given the available memory bandwidth according to Sandra. Again some very nice numbers!

AquaMark3 Source: Massive Development

AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of computer systems. Because the benchmark extensively utilizes DirectX9, DirectX8 and DirectX7 functionality, it represents the requirements of typical gaming applications in 2003 and 2004.

AquaMark3
1024x768 Processor Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 10785
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 11669
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 11413
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 10948
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 11261
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 11698
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 11352
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 11127
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 11641
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 11367
1024x768 Overall Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 65964
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 72641
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 69761
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 67336
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 67482
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 71365
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 74136
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 72904
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 79748
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 78136

In AquaMark3, nothing even comes close to the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI no matter what videocards are used. Very impressive. A score of 80k while stock in AquaMark3 is very good! It's also starting to become obvious that using twin 6600GT cards in SLI mode is a great alternative to an expensive top end video card like the X800XT. Great news for gamers.

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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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