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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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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Apr 12 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001SE

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
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4927
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 4874
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 4874
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5024
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4995
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4924
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4924
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5034
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 4985
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4887
CPU Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4552
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4620
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4563
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 4545
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 4514
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4564
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4572
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4578
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4550
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4609
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 4578
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4565
Memory Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4968
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5737
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4994
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 5616
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 5646
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5757
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5637
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5017
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4982
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5790
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 5676
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5961

Despite SiSoft Sandra reporting lower than average memory bandwidth, PCMark04 disagrees. The MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum does very well here, scoring highest on the memory test.

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
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 28127
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 28268
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 28195
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 27766
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 28134
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 27429
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 28976
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 27141
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 28265
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 27685

3DMark2001 scores are decent for the K8N Neo4 Platinum.

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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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