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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!
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Apr 27 2006   Colin Sun  
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Voltage and overclocking options in the BIOS

MSI's BIOS is very well laid out and the options speak for themselves. Motherboard clock speeds can be adjusted between 200-450 MHz in 1 MHz increments. CPU voltage goes as high as 2.3V. Unless you have some serious cooling though, most will want to keep it under 1.85V.

There are memory divider options, as well as memory voltage settings which go up to 4.1V. Please note that MSI gives voltage options high enough to do some serious damage to your hardware if you are careless. If you are not familiar with overclocking you'll want to avoid maxing out these values.


MSI also includes a ton of memory tweaks, it will take even experienced overclockers quite some time to get use to all the different memory adjustments.

In the HyperTransport C51D Configuration screen we find the HyperTransport and NB/SB options.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI K8N Diamond Plus motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this nForce 4 SLI x16 based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboard: MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16)

Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890)
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480)
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 (ULi M1695)
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra)
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI)
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI)
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI)
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory:

2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500 DDR

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 81.95

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark04
PCMark05
3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003
UT2004
Doom 3

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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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