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MSI P965 Platinum Intel Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review

MSI P965 Platinum Intel Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In general we found that the MSI P965 Platinum motherboard performed very well in practically all the benchmarks tossed its way.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Dec 05 2006   Colin Sun  
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Motherboard Benchmarks - Quake 4

ID Software Quake 4 1.3

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Quake 4 1.3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 154.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 152.9
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 150.5
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 146.4
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667 PD 840) 127.3
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800 PD 840) 150.5
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 PD 840) 113.8
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX Single) 203.5
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 200/800 Core 2 Duo GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 198.7
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.5
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.8
Asus P5B (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 191.4
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.8
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.6
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.4
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 200/800 Core 2 Duo) 202.1

In the final test of the day the MSI P965 Platinum performs very well in Quake 4. Gamers will definitely be pleased with the performance of this MSI Motherboard... or any other P965 or 975X board for that matter.

Conclusions: P965 and Core 2 Duo Processor - better than 975X?

Intel has put itself in a little bit of a bind, its P965 Express chipset is not only just as fast as the high end 975X Express, it's also paired with a more advanced Southbridge and costs less! Talk about a win win situation for consumers, well apart from the IDE issue. Whatever the case, there is a literal flood of P965 Express based motherboards to choose from right now - indicating that the Intel Core 2 Duo is a very strong processor for the moment.

The MSI Computer P965 Platinum motherboard is certainly worthy of your attention if you plan on upgrading an Intel-based PC anytime soon. With a price tag that won't break the bank, $154 CDN ($135 US, £68 GBP), the MSI P965 Platinum motherboard is aggressively positioned considering what's included in the package. From Gigabit networking to IEEE 1394a, 7.1 channel Intel Azalia High Definition Audio and 7 Serial ATA II ports, this socket 775 Intel motherboard has a lot of value. To make things even sweeter, the MSI P965 Platinum overclocked to a very respectable 375 MHz FSB.

Overall the MSI P965 Platinum motherboard is extremely easy to work, has a good level of expansion options, and performed well in the benchmarks with a single PCI Express x16 videocard. Crossfire's an option too, but with the results we've already seen from a Core 2 Duo E6600 based computer, I'm not sure the Crossfire cost is really worth it here. Particularly since the second PCI Express x16 slot is a PCI-e Lite slot with 4 PCI Express lanes to its name. Although to be fair, since PCSTATS didn't test Crossfire we'll reserve our comments on that front.

In general we found that the MSI P965 Platinum motherboard performed very well in practically all the benchmarks tossed its way. Most if not all Core 2 Duo motherboards are in a similar position, so whether you're building a work computer, or a gaming computer, the MSI P965 Platinum is a solid foundation. There was a slight blip in FarCry numbers, but all other tests came in as expected. There hasn't been a better time for Intel users to upgrade, and if you get a MSI P965 Platinum you'll certainly be satisfied. It's fast, well equipped and exactly what Santa should put under the XMas tree.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer P965 Platinum
 Pg 1.  MSI P965 Platinum Intel Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel P965 Express Chipset Overview
 Pg 3.  P965 Platinum Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  Overclocking and the BIOS
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  — Motherboard Benchmarks - Quake 4

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