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MSI P4N Diamond NF4-SLI Intel Edition Motherboard Review

MSI P4N Diamond NF4-SLI Intel Edition Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Since the MSI P4N Diamond is based on the nForce4 SLI chipset, it supports running two nVidia GeForce 6xxx videocards in SLI mode. The innovation is the switchless changeover.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Sep 13 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004

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
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 256.83
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 243.79
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX Single) 252.5
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX SLI) 245.74
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX Single) 251.26
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX SLI) 243.61
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 FPS Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 85.1
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 83.09
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX Single) 85.27
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX SLI) 84.25
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX Single) 85.03
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX SLI) 83.76

In UT2003 framerates between the systems are very close. It's interesting to see that the SLI setup actually slows things down.

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
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 91.86
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 89.7
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX Single) 88.88
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX SLI) 88.23
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX Single) 92.38
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX SLI) 90.49
as-convoy FPS Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 62.3
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 61.07
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX Single) 63.14
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX SLI) 56.81
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX Single) 62.77
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX SLI) 62.18
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 127.32
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 125.34
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX Single) 130.5
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX SLI) 119.18
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX Single) 129.95
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX SLI) 127.53

UT2004 framerates are nice and high, traditionally Intel chipsets have always performed better than the competition but this obviously is not the case. It is nice to see another high performance alternative to Intel's chipsets!

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer P4N Diamond
 Pg 1.  MSI P4N Diamond NF4-SLI Intel Edition Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  NF4-SLI Chipset Cooling
 Pg 3.  Oooo Switchless SLI!
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Diamond
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions...

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