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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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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Dec 29 2006   Max Page  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06

FutureMark 3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is best suited for the latest generation of DirectX9.0 graphics cards. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.

3DMark05
Overall: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 7866
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 7700
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 7661
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 7896
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (RD580 200/800) 7842
Asus M2R32-MVP (RD580 200/800) 7883
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 7908
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 7866
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 12306
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 7869
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 12353
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 7943
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 12315
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 7859
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 12399
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 7934
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 12367
CPU: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 6513
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 6225
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 6508
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 6621
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (RD580 200/800) 6637
Asus M2R32-MVP (RD580 200/800) 6717
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 6718
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 6513
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 6543
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 6615
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 6602
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 6663
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 6517
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 6876
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 6665
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 6756
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 6694

The MSI K9N Diamond performs at the same speed as the other nForce 590 SLI motherboards tested recently. All good so far.

3DMark06 Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

3DMark06
Overall: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 4437
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 4346
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 4374
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 4442
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (RD580 200/800) 4438
Asus M2R32-MVP (RD580 200/800) 4434
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 4450
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 4437
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 6837
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 4435
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 6837
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 4443
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 6812
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 4446
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 6842
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 4439
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 6847
CPU: Points Ranking
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 1936
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 1590
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 200/800) 1641
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 1960
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (RD580 200/800) 1938
Asus M2R32-MVP (RD580 200/800) 1943
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800) 1971
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 1936
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 1963
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 1952
Epox MF570 SLI (NF 570 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 1954
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 1944
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800 GeForce 7800GTX SLI 1958
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 1959
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 1946
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX Single) 1943
MSI K9N Diamond (NF 590 SLI 200/800 7800GTX SLI) 1963

3DMark06 results mirror that of 3DMark05, the MSI K9N Diamond motherboard performs quite well here but doesn't stand out from the crowd. Anyway you cut it, the K9N Diamond is a good gaming platform.

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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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