Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details
you need to see at a glance to know which board is best. The chart we've
compiled below lists the highest overclocked Front Side Bus speeds we were able
to achieve while maintaining 100% stability.
P6N Diamond is not the fastest motherboard PCSTATS has had the pleasure of
overclocking for you, but it's certainly not slow. An overclocked speed of 478
MHz FSB is a very respectable figure, placing this MSI motherboard in the top 10
fastest boards tested thus far.
Intel Core logic vs. nVidia
If you're going to be
upgrading or building a new computer system soon, there is one thing you
absolutely have to know.
Intel isn't the only game in town when it comes to
nVIDIA has some very attractive chipsets, it's certainly
not fighting for scraps from the table like VIA or SIS.
At the upper end of the scale we have Intel's P35
Express, its X38 Express and forthcoming X48 Express, and nVIDIA's nForce 680i.
Remarkable considering the nForce 680i still has the feature set to compete with
Intel's latest and greatest!
As we saw in the benchmarks, MSI has
put together a very nice performance motherboard in its P6N Diamond. The nVIDIA
nForce 680i based mobo sports dual gigabit network cards, an onboard Creative
X-Fi 7.1 hardware soundcard and four PCI Express x16 slots among other features.
Where the MSI P6N Diamond really impressed PCSTATS was
in the benchmark results.
Those results showed us that at stock speeds the P6N
Diamond and its nForce 680i chipset stood in front of Intel P35 Express and X38
Express (on DDR2) motherboards in virtually test. The P6N Diamond is an
excellent workstation motherboard (although it would be a shame to get this
board simply for that) and despite some lower than expected memory bandwidth
results in Sandra, came in top spot in every 3D test PCSTATS threw its way. From
3DMark06 to Quake 4, FarCry and Doom 3 the MSI P6N Diamond is a gaming
The nVIDIA nForce 680i is a pretty good overclocking
platform, although not quite at the level of Intel's P35/X38 Express
motherboards. The MSI P6N Diamond was able to reach a very respectable 478 MHz
FSB. With a retail price of $215 CDN ($227 US, £109 GBP), the MSI P6N Diamond is a
steal. Other motherboards in its class usually run closer to $300, so tack on
good pricing and a full feature card and it's hard to resist what the MSI P6N
Diamond has to offer Intel Core 2 Duo users.
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