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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: PCMark04, PCMark05

PCMark04 Source: FutureMark

The latest version of the popular PCMark series, PCMark04 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including whole applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark04 to maintain a smaller installation size while still giving accurate results.

PCMark04:
Overall Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 4780
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 4645
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4949
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4839
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 4985
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4974
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4945
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 4826
CPU Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 4545
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 4350
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4577
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4589
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 4578
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4516
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4561
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 4563
Memory Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 5616
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 4908
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5614
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5712
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 5676
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5663
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 5643
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 5577
HDD Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 6819
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 6013
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 7024
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 6999
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 7063
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 7011
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 6722
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 7014

The overall score is slightly less than the other motherboards we compared the K8N Diamond Plus against. It's a bit of a surprise since the CPU, memory, and HDD benchmark figures are all in line with similarly equipped platforms.

PCMark05 Source: FutureMark

PCMark05 is a premium tool for measuring both normal home use and simple 3D performance of the latest PC hardware. There are 11 system tests - each one is designed to represent a certain type of PC usage. By running these tests, PCMark05 stresses the components in a similar manner as they are stressed in normal home usage.

PCMark05:
Overall Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 4569
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 4465
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4676
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4708
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 4716
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4685
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4665
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 4597
CPU Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 3402
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 3375
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 3416
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 3419
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 3451
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 3423
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 3422
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 3468
Memory Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 4473
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 4204
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4425
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4449
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 4562
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4487
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 4453
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 4347
HDD Points Ranking
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 6710
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400) 5493
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 6951
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI 200/400) 6945
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400) 6945
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 6974
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 6875
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16 200/400) 6950

PCMark05 numbers are pretty good overall. The MSI K8N Diamond Plus keeps up with the best of them.

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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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