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MSI K8N Diamond Plus nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review

MSI K8N Diamond Plus nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Instead of waiting for the videocard bandwidth crunch to roll around, nVIDIA introduced the nForce4 SLI x16 chipset. And from this came MSI's latest overclocking motherboard deluxe!
 89% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Apr 27 2006   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
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 27712
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 26165
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 27900
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 28430
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 31552
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 27963
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 31156
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 27941
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 31130
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 28311
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 31340
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 28432
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 31456

3DMark2001 numbers are in line with the other nForce4 SLI motherboards. This benchmark cannot take advantage of the extra bandwidth available on the PCI Express bus when running in SLI mode.

3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is best suited for the latest generation of DirectX9.0 graphics cards. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.

3DMark05
Overall: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 7588
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 7568
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 7676
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7680
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11617
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7681
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11697
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7672
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 11578
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 7646
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 11605
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 7636
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 10716
CPU: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 5044
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 4881
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5549
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5493
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5355
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5513
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5416
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5499
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5227
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 5440
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 5418
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 5281
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 5521

3DMark05 is one of the heavier benchmarks out there, but it doesn't take advantage of the extra bandwidth provided by the nForce4 SLI x16 chipset when running in SLI mode. This might also be due to the GeForce 7800GTX not being able to utilize that extra speed.... Future videocards might notice a larger difference here, we'll have to wait and see.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer K8N Diamond Plus
 Pg 1.  MSI K8N Diamond Plus nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Creative Audio Hardware
 Pg 3.  User friendly Aspects and nForce4 SLI x16 chipset
 Pg 4.  Cooling the nForce4 SLI x16 Chipset and Overclocking!
 Pg 5.  Voltage and overclocking options in the BIOS
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusion

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