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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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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Apr 27 2006   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99

Winstone 2004 Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2004 runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete these activities to produce its performance scores.

Content Creation Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications in Windows XP.

Winstone 2004
Business Winstone 2004: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 27.3
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 29.1
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 30.3
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 32.7
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 32.2
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 31.2
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 31.9
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 32.1
Content Creation 2004: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 36.2
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 36.4
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 39.5
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 39.7
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 39.7
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 39.6
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 39.6
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 39.3

Winstone 2004 results among the reference motherboards are quite close. One thing is clear though, the AMD Athlon64 is a quick workstation platform and the nForce 4 chipset really does dominate.

Winbench 99 Source: Zdnet

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphical, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP systems.

Winbench 99
Business Disk WinMark: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 10700
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 13600
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 27900
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 26300
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 27100
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 26400
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 15000
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 27800
High-End Disk WinMark: Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 38500
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 46800
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 62900
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 61200
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 60700
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 61700
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 61600
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 61700

nVIDIA hard drive performance has always been pretty nice. In Winbench the MSI K8N Diamond Plus performs exactly as expected.

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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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