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MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Motherboard Review

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: This board can use any Socket 939 Athlon64/FX processor and can be stuffed with up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Apr 12 2005   Colin Sun  
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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
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 29.4
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 27.3
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 29.5
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 33.4
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 29.7
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 29.3
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 30.6
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 28.6
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 32.2
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 32.1
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
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 35.9
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 36.2
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 37.4
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 36.3
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 39.6
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 35.7
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 39.2
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 35.1
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 39.7
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 39.2

In the Winstone 2004 tests, the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard performs on par with the fastest Athlon64 motherboards on the market. Very impressive.

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
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 19200
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 10700
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 9220
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 18900
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 28300
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 8530
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 26700
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4060
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 27100
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 28200
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
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 42600
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 38500
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 35500
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 36900
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 61500
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 33600
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 64000
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 31900
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 60700
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 61500
Business Graphics WinMark: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 1580
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 1700
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 1560
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 1640
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 1660
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 1710
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 1710
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 1470
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 1670
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 916
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 1680
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 1620
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
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 2480
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 2560
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 2570
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 2660
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 2600
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 2230
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 2570
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 2130
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 2600
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 2600

The WD Raptor drive really does boost HDD scores very nicely. The other scores are what we would expect from an nForce 4 motherboard.

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Contents of Article: MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum
 Pg 1.  MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Some more info on the K8N Neo4 Platinum
 Pg 3.  BIOS Features
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 5.  — Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  A good well rounded option

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