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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: X2: The Threat, UT2003

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them) and many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2 The Threat
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 189.189
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 192.078
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 198.56
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 208.974
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 172.74
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 171.042
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 211.237
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 185.347
AOpen n250a-FR (NF3 250 200/400) A64 3200+ 167.462
Asus K8N4-E DLX (NF4 200/400) A64 3200+ 173.749
MSI K8N Neo3-F (NF4-4X 200/400) A64 3200+ 176.229

X2: The Threat framerates are very good. In fact, we see similar numbers from some of the more expensive Athlon64 4000+ systems!

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 - Flyby:
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 342.59
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 353.64
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 346.19
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 352.72
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 346.29
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 349.16
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 364.11
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 361.62
AOpen n250a-FR (NF3 250 200/400) A64 3200+ 298.66
Asus K8N4-E DLX (NF4 200/400) A64 3200+ 293.99
MSI K8N Neo3-F (NF4-4X 200/400) A64 3200+ 300.68
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 107.93
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 111.36
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 109.58
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 111.01
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 109.04
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 108.81
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 115.15
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 114.12
AOpen n250a-FR (NF3 250 200/400) A64 3200+ 94
Asus K8N4-E DLX (NF4 200/400) A64 3200+ 91.42
MSI K8N Neo3-F (NF4-4X 200/400) A64 3200+ 94.14

Again single channel memory holds the K8N Neo3-F back, but it does manage to best its Socket 754 competition.

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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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