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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: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat

Comanche 4 Source: Novalogic

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique test as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player "Eagle's Talon" mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo will measure your system's performance in the standard frames per second format. The benchmark was run with audio disabled.

Comanche 4
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 81.5
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 79.5
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 82.97
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 83.37
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 81.52
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 82.62
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 81.6
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 82.81
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 80.05
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 82.77
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 80.15
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 81.47
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 82.55

Comanche 4 numbers are dead flat. This is par for the course since all the motherboards are running at the same speed with the same settings.

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
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 198.165
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 186.798
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 201.418
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 201.274
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 242.746
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 216.091
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 245.341
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 201.013
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 239.701
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 202.903
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 243.103
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 204.461
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 247.18

X2: The Threat framerates are good, users can see the MSI K8N Diamond Plus falls in line with nForce4 SLI framerates.

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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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