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MSI K8N Neo3-F Motherboard Review

MSI K8N Neo3-F Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: This motherboard supports all AMD Athlon64 and Sempron Socket 754 processors and up to 2GB of single-channel DDR memory.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Jun 20 2005   C. Sun  
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MSI give end users a whole bunch of memory tweaks to toy with in the K8N Neo3-F BIOS. From regular CAS Latency, RAS to CAS and row Precharge to Row to Row delay, Read to Write delay and Refresh period, it's all there. Tweakers will be in here for quite some time figuring out what works best with their systems.

In the 'Cell Menu' we find the motherboard's overclocking options. Dynamic overclocking is disabled by default, and was kept disabled throughout testing. MSI allow users to change the motherboard clock frequency from 200-400 in 1 MHz increments. HyperTransport is set to 4x by default but during testing we had no problems running it at 1 GHz. CPU clock multiplier adjustments are available depending on your processor. The maximum CPU voltage is 1.55V, DDR voltage 2.85V and NF4 chipset voltage 1.85V.

PCStats Test System Specs:

AMD Athlon64 4000+
AMD Athlon64 3200+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
10 x 200 MHz = 2.0 GHz


ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (ALi M1689)*
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro)*
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra)*
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890)**
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra)**
Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra (NF4 Ultra)**
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI)**
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI)**
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra)**
AOpen n250a-FR (NF3 250)*
Asus K8N4-E Deluxe (NF4-4X)**
MSI K8N Neo3-F (NF4-4X)


Asus X800XT/VTD*
MSI RX800XT-VTD256**


2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
74GB Western Digital Raptor SATA
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: Seasonic Super Tornado 400W
Software Setup

WindowsXP SP2
VIA 4in1 4.56V
Forceware 6.53
Catalyst 5.4

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2004
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
Doom 3

PCstats has upgraded its test platform with a couple of 74GB Western Digital WD740 Raptor hard drives, replacing the trusty 40GB WD IDE HDDs as test drives. Please keep that in mind when viewing the office and disk benchmarks.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer K8N Neo3-F
 Pg 1.  MSI K8N Neo3-F Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  What's an AGR video slot?
 Pg 3.  — The MSI Neo3-F BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche 4
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Conclusion: A Good Upgrade Option

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