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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.
 82% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Apr 12 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
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4678
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 5517
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 5526
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5146
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5580
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5579
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5583
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5575
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 5579
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5572
CPU: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4824
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4920
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4654
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 5096
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 5113
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5110
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5014
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4614
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5321
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4748
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 5110
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4560

The overall score is what we'd expect but the CPU score is the lowest of the group by a fair margin, which really surprised us. Odd result here for the K8N Neo4 Platinum.

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
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 11261
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 11264
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 11487
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 11698
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 10943
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 11352
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 11641
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 11146
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 11152
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 10836
1024x768 Overall Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 65964
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 72641
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 67482
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 76179
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 78416
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 71365
Epox EP-9NPA+ (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 72163
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 74136
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 79748
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 73879
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 80026
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 73473

The processor portion of AquaMark3 also reports slightly lower numbers, but overall the K8N Neo4 Platinum does alright on this benchmark.

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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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