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MSI P6N Diamond nForce 680i Motherboard Review

MSI P6N Diamond nForce 680i Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Believe it or not, there are high performance motherboards out there for Intel's latest and greatest CPUs which don't have an Intel chipset at their heart. Top of that list is the nVidia nForce 680i.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Nov 02 2007   Colin Sun  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3., Quake 4

CryTek FarCry 1.33 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.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCryTek FarCry 1.33
Regulator LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 185.2
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 170.27
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 171.25
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 175.26
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 262.14
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 248.63
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 258.65
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 245.21
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 243.21
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 242.41
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 241.05
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 242.58
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 242.31
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 238.41
Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 242.47
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 245.81
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 252.04
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066 C2D E6750 GF) 245.68
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 333/1066 C2D E6750) 262.41
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (333/1333 C2D E6750) 258.13
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 C2D E6750 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 265.7
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 C2D E6750 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 253.5

With a single GeForce 7800GTX the MSI P6N Diamond motherboard comes in top spot in the FarCry tests. SLi does nothing for this game.

ID Software Doom 3 1.3 Source: id Software

Doom 3 takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. 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.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Doom 3 1.3
LQ 640x480: Points Ranking
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800 A64 5000+) 148.4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.5
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 144.3
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI 200/800 A64 5000+) 141.1
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 206.8
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 204.3
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 206.7
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 203.5
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 206.3
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 205.9
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 205.7
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 206.7
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 205.8
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 205.3
Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 203.5
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 210.6
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 212.5
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066 C2D E6750 GF) 245.3
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 333/1066 C2D E6750) 233.4
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (333/1333 C2D E6750) 223
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 C2D E6750 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 247.6
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 C2D E6750 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 244.5

The MSI P6N Diamond motherboard does very well here in Doom 3, again it comes out on top spot followed closely by the Gigabyte Intel X38 Express motherboard. Again, SLI has no impact.

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: Points 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
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 203.7
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 200.6
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 203.5
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (NF 590 SLI 266/800 C2D E6600 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 198.7
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.5
MSI 975X Platinum (975X 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.8
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.8
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.6
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.4
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 202.1
Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 (P965 266/800 C2D E6600) 201.2
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 205.8
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 266/1066 C2D E6600) 207.5
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 333/1066 C2D E6750 GF) 233.6
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 333/1066 C2D E6750) 227.9
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (333/1333 C2D E6750) 223.6
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 C2D E6750 GeForce 7800GTX Single) 233.1
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i 333/1066 C2D E6750 GeForce 7800GTX SLI) 231.6

Quake 4 results confirm what the other benchmarks have been saying, the MSI P6N Diamond and the nVIDIA nForce 680i platform is very fast! PCSTATS final thoughts on this motherboard come next, but first let's find out where the MSI P6N Diamond stands in the maximum motherboard overclocking chart!

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Contents of Article: MSI P6N Diamond
 Pg 1.  MSI P6N Diamond nForce 680i Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  MSI P6N Diamond Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  The nVIDIA nForce 680i Chipset
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Diamond
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004 Continued
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 13.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3., Quake 4
 Pg 14.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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