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
|Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533)
|Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533)
|Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX
|Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX SLI)
|MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX
|MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX SLI)
Looks like SLI on the Intel side is still a bit rough
around the edges still, and may actually degrade performance a bit. Still on a
while, the MSI P4N Diamond motherboard performs very well.
MSI's P4N Diamond offers a
After totally dominating the AMD market
and giving AMD users a taste of SLI, it is Intel's turn to feel nVIDIA's wrath.
I think it's safe to say that nVIDIA has already won the all-important
"marketing" battle, as the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset specs are more
impressive than Intel's own 955X.
MSI has built a pretty well rounded motherboard here.
The MSI P4N Diamond with its nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset under the hood
offers a lot of functionality, and gaming oriented features like, you guessed it
- switchless SLI. Furthermore, this Socket 775 motherboard supports all the
latest and greatest Intel Pentium 4/XE, Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition
processors which operate at 800/1066 MHz FSB.
The P4N Diamond has a whole host of goodies such as an
additional Serial ATA II/RAID controller, a Creative SoundBlaster Live! 7.1
soundcard, IEEE 1394 and dual Gigabit NICs. The P4N Diamond is also the only
switchless nForce4 SLI Intel motherboard on the market. If MSI has missed
something, there is an open PCI Express x1 and two open PCI slots for your
The motherboard itself is a breeze to work with. If an
overclocking adventure goes too far there is an actual clear CMOS button to rest
the BIOS with, instead of fiddling around with a jumper.
MSI also includes everything but the kitchen sink with
this motherboard, although I wish it would choose higher quality rounded cables.
The MSI P4N Diamond is a high performance board and you
better have good case cooling if you are planning on using this board for
Looking back at the benchmarks, we can see that the MSI
P4N Diamond flew through the tests, often outperforming Intel 955X motherboards
which is impressive. Things were even sweeter in 3D benchmarks although SLI
performance was a bit disappointing in 3DMark05. The motherboard is a decent
overclocker as well and I was able to push it as high as 253 MHz! With a retail
price of $240 CDN ($212 US) the MSI P4N Diamond
motherboard is darn fast, and anyone who picks one up will not be
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