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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.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Sep 13 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, 3DMark 2001 SE continues to provide a good overall system benchmark. 3DMark2001 SE was created in co-operation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001SE:
Motherboards: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 22257
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 21723
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX Single) 22557
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX SLI) 24882
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX Single) 22643
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX SLI) 24388

3DMark numbers between all platforms is pretty close, running two GeForce 7800 GTX's in SLI does improve things slightly.

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
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 7207
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 7126
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX Single) 7237
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX SLI) 8426
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX Single) 7200
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX SLI) 8446
CPU: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 6397
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 6201
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX Single) 6001
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800 GTX SLI) 5868
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX Single) 6485
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667 7800GTX SLI) 6512

With a single GeForce 7800GTX, 3DMark05 numbers are good but I am very surprised to see that running two GeForce 7800GTX's in SLI only increase the overall score by around 1200 points! 3DMark05 is a very videocard intensive test and in the AMD world, the score increases almost 80%, hopefully subsequent driver releases will increase overall performance when running SLI...

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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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