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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  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > MSI Computer K8N Diamond Plus

Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

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
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 324.98
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 307.08
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 335.86
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 339.97
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 326.41
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 331.68
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 329.27
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 334.67
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 322.26
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 333.07
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 320.96
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 342.14
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 325.86
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 108.74
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 102.24
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 111.31
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 112.25
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 110.43
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 110.13
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 109.64
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 110.55
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 108.76
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 110.13
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 108.29
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 112.63
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 108.41

It's starting to sound like a broken record, but the UT2003 framerates are in line with what we get with other nForce 4 motherboards.

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
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 124.28
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 104.71
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 118.89
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 120.08
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 117.85
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 126.81
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 124.46
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 117.5
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 115.53
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 116.97
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 114.88
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 119.44
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 118.06
as-convoy FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 84.55
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 67.68
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 76.41
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 77.22
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 76.19
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 85.77
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 84.06
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 75.91
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 74.99
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 75.52
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 74.62
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 76.87
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 75.52
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 172.37
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 142.59
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 164.5
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 166.84
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 162.98
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 176.01
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 173.55
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX Single) 162.53
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 159.16
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 161.68
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 158.49
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX Single) 173.91
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400 7800GTX SLI) 170.24

UT2004 framerates also sit where we would expect, it's nice to see that the flagship nForce4 SLI x16 chipset is no slower than the previous generation.

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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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