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MSI K9N Diamond nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

MSI K9N Diamond nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: If you're a gamer, multimedia enthusiast, or future indie rock star mixing tracks for your debute CD, the MSI K9N Diamond is a board well worth your attention.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Dec 29 2006   Max Page  
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Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4

FarCry Source: Ubisoft

Real-time editing, bump mapping, static lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows, and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features that the CryENGINE offers. The game was set to Ultra quality and the Ubisoft's Regulator demo was run.

FarCry
Regulator LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 171.25
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 149.91
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 84.69
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 185.2
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (RD580 200/800) 170.45
Asus M2R32-MVP (RD580 200/800) 167.04
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 170.27
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 171.25
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 169.45
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 172.61
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 170.43
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 169.19
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 165.1
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 175.26
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 168.8
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 173.15
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 167.4

FarCry results with a single Geforce 7800GTX videocard, or two in SLI, are in line with the other nForce 590 SLI motherboards tested recently.

Doom 3 Source: id Software

At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom 3:
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 144.3
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 138.4
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 96.6
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 148.4
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (RD580 200/800) 143.9
Asus M2R32-MVP (RD580 200/800) 145
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 144.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 144.3
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.3
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 145.2
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.6
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 146.7
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 142.6
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 141.1
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.2
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 142.1
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.8

The MSI K9N Diamond does very well in Doom 3. The framerates between all Socket AM2 motherboards is very close, it's great to see how consistent things are.

Quake 4

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.

Quake 4
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 150.5
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 142.8
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 113.8
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 154.4
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (RD580 200/800) 148.7
Asus M2R32-MVP (RD580 200/800) 148.2
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 152.9
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 150.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 150.1
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 150.6
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 150.3
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 154.8
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 152.2
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 146.4
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 145.2
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 155.6
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 153.7

In the final benchmark of the day, the MSI K9N Diamond finishes up very strong. If you plan on building a gaming system in the near future the MSI K9N Diamond is definitely a board worth considering.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer K9N Diamond
 Pg 1.  MSI K9N Diamond nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Creative Audigy SE Sound System
 Pg 3.  Flagship AM2 Chipset - nForce 590 SLI
 Pg 4.  MSI K9N Diamond Motherboard Highlight
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Diamond Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Prelude to Benchmarks and System Specs / Sysmark Results
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Socket AM2 Gaming Done Right?

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