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MSI K8N Neo3-F Motherboard Review

MSI K8N Neo3-F Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: This motherboard supports all AMD Athlon64 and Sempron Socket 754 processors and up to 2GB of single-channel DDR memory.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Jun 20 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 109.64
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 113.86
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 121.22
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 126.86
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 115.55
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 114.65
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 124.07
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 122.5
AOpen n250a-FR (NF3 250 200/400) A64 3200+ 96.2
Asus K8N4-E DLX (NF4 200/400) A64 3200+ 105.8
MSI K8N Neo3-F (NF4-4X 200/400) A64 3200+ 109.51
as-convoy FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 70.34
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 73.1
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 73.45
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 85.57
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 74.68
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 73.97
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 79.43
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 78.59
AOpen n250a-FR (NF3 250 200/400) A64 3200+ 64.02
Asus K8N4-E DLX (NF4 200/400) A64 3200+ 71.39
MSI K8N Neo3-F (NF4-4X 200/400) A64 3200+ 73.48
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 150.44
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 156.65
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.15
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 176.08
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 158.58
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 161.03
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 172.21
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 169.47
AOpen n250a-FR (NF3 250 200/400) A64 3200+ 137.52
Asus K8N4-E DLX (NF4 200/400) A64 3200+ 148.5
MSI K8N Neo3-F (NF4-4X 200/400) A64 3200+ 154.45

The UT2004 numbers are very impressive. The MSI K8N Neo3-F teamed up with the Athlon64 3200+ can almost match much more expensive systems!

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 102.7
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 108.2
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 107.4
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 115
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 108.5
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 120.3
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 117.5
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 115.7
AOpen n250a-FR (NF3 250 200/400) A64 3200+ 95.1
Asus K8N4-E DLX (NF4 200/400) A64 3200+ 103.3
MSI K8N Neo3-F (NF4-4X 200/400) A64 3200+ 106.9

Doom 3 illustrates that the systems are very close. Again the K8N Neo3-F surpasses its Socket 754 brethren and reaches for the stars.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer K8N Neo3-F
 Pg 1.  MSI K8N Neo3-F Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  What's an AGR video slot?
 Pg 3.  The MSI Neo3-F BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche 4
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Conclusion: A Good Upgrade Option

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