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MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI Motherboard Review

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The motherboard supports Socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processors with HyperTransport running at a smooth 1 GHz.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Feb 24 2005   C. Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > MSI Computer K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI

Fast and well equipped, that's MSI for you...

The K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI has all the regular NF4-SLI goodness as well as a whole host of nice integrated features that we can certainly appreciate. Standard equipment includes an additional Serial ATA II/RAID Silicon Image Sil3132 controller, IEEE 1394, a Sound Blaster Live! 7.1 hardware audio controller and two Gigabit NICs - there are also two PCI Express x16 slots just waiting for SLI compatible cards.

AC'97 audio has come a long way in the last year but it's still no match for a dedicated hardware soundcard like the 96kHz/24-bit Sound Blaster Live! 7.1 featured on this board.

The advantages of this hardware solution include higher quality audio output, better environmental audio support for games, and best of all, the Sound Blaster Live! does not sap any CPU resources!

While there are rounded cables included with the board, they are of poor flexibility, and not of much use over standard IDE cables. The benchmarks were pretty nice across all of the tests, though the K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI was a bit slower than a few of the other motherboards we've tested recently in office based applications. In the 3D arena, the K8N Neo4 routinely took top spot, and when it wasn't first, the motherboard was never far behind the leader.

The MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI is a decent overclocker from what we can tell, reaching a respectable 238 MHz in our tests. I have a feeling the board could have gone higher if there was better cooling on the nForce4-SLI chipset, but you can't win them all. With a retail price of $239 CDN ($192 US), the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI is an affordable Socket 939 Athlon64 SLI-compatible board that should keep the enthusiast happy.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI
 Pg 1.  MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Lot of integrated peripherals!
 Pg 3.  nForce4 Technology Loving
 Pg 4.  Overclocking, BIOS and test system specs
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 12.  — Fast and well equipped, that's MSI for you...

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