nV News Deals Shop Archive Search Files Forum Feed Articles IRC Chat GeForce.com


Search Site
Ads by Google
Links To NVIDIA
Drivers
Products
Communities
Support
NVIDIA Blog
News Room
About NVIDIA
GeForce Technology
CUDA
DirectX 11
Optimus
PhysX
SLI
3D Vision
3D Vision Surround
Articles
GeForce GTX 580
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 480
GeForce GTX 465
GeForce GTX 460
GeForce GTS 450
GeForce GTX 295
GeForce GTX 280
GeForce GTX 260
GeForce GT 240
GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 8800 Ultra
GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GT
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 7950 GX2
GeForce 7950 GT
GeForce 7900 GTX
GeForce 7900 GS
GeForce 7800 GTX
Watercooling Project
My Book 500GB
Raptor Hard Drive
Guide To Doom 3
EVGA Stuff
EVGA E-LEET
EVGA Precision
GPU Voltage Tuner
OC Scanner
SLI Enhancement
EVGA Bot
EVGA Gear
Reviews and Awards
Associates
Benchmark Reviews
Fraps
GeForce Italia
GPU Review
Hardware Pacers
LaptopVideo2Go
MVKTECH
News3D (NVITALIA)
OutoftheBoxMods
OSNN.net
Overclocker Cafe
PC Extreme
PC Gaming Standards
PhysX Links & Info
TestSeek
3DChip (German)
8Dimensional
MSI K8N Diamond Plus Review Page 3 of 6

Creative's Sound Blaster Audigy 7.1 SE Chip

The K8N Diamond Plus comes equipped with Creative's CA0106 chip; the same chip as found on the K8N Diamond and P4N Diamond. This chip supports up to 8-channel and SPDIF audio effect and allows you to attach 2, 4, 6, or 8 speakers for better surround sound effect. Still one of the major pluses for the Diamond-series is the sound capability. While it does not appear to be much more than a Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit solution it does offer improved sound capability over the competition. In addition, it seems to offer slightly more improvement over previous offerings in the series with a better signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio. The SNR ratio lists a 106 dB rating compared to the previous 100 db rating on the K8N Diamond and P4N Diamond.

Onboard USB 2.0 Connections

Located at the bottom of the board are an additional three on-board USB 2.0 connection (JUSB1, JUSB2, JUSB3), just like on the P4N and K8N. These are great for adding more USB connections at the rear of the case using the supplied bracket but more so if your case has provisions for front-mounted USB connections. I will be using my newly acquired Antec P160W aluminum case so these three connections will be provide up to six more USB 2.0 ports making a total of 10 USB connections provide by the motherboard.

Front Panel Connections

Front panel power switch, HDD LCD, reset switch, and speaker connection are neatly arranged and color-coded located in a relatively easily accessed position at the right lower corner of the board.

Serial ATA Connections

The six SATA2 connections are all in a row at the right edge of the board. The labeled SATA1 thru SATA4 connectors are for NVIDIA SATA2/RAID compatible drives and the extra listed SATA5 and SATA6 are Silicon Image SATA2/RAID solutions. All SATA2 connections are rated 3Gb/s capable.

Core Cell

The now familiar Core Cell chip is present and provides a number overclocking and monitoring solutions through the Core Center software program available on the utility disk.

DIMM Slots

Four DIMM slots providing up to 4 GB installed system ram are located on the top right side of the board. Color-coded with channel 'A' as 'green' and channel 'B' as 'purple' makes me think I must be color-blind. Looks more like an aqua color and a pale blue. Nevertheless, to avoid confusion I like to see Dimms of the same color represent dual-channel combinations. This, however, is not the case as dual-channel is represented by Dimms of different color and different channel. This is clear once the manual has been consulted and pages 2-6 and 2-7 have been carefully read. The paragraph on page 2-6 identifies required populated Dimms for dual-channel and the following chart on page 2-7 further supports clarification.

In the pic above, orientation of the Dimms numbering scheme begin with Dimm #1 at the top and continuing to Dimm #4 at the bottom. That makes Dimm #1 and Dimm #3 Channel 'A' and Dimm #2 and Dimm #4 as Channel 'B' (this is clearly silk-screened on the motherboard at the top-left of Dimm #1). I installed one double-sided PC3200, 1GB memory module, in Dimm #1 (green, Channel 'A') and one of the same memory modules in Dimm #3 (purple, Channel 'B') to achieve a working dual-channel configuration for this review. In addition, I tried matched pairs of 512MB memory modules that I have on-hand from Mushkin, OCZ, Corsair, and PDP without any problems in dual-channel configurations and the motherboard properly identified each configuration installed as dual-channel.

Also, in the pic are shown the two yellow IDE slots, the white 24-pin power connector, and the black FDD slot.

VDIMM Jumpers - Before and After

This is interesting, it's like a DON'T TOUCH warning. For the curious, myself included, I removed the seal so you won't have to and risk voiding the warranty. As you can see under the seal are the jumpers for increasing the VDimm on the system memory. I will max the voltage supplied to the ram at probably 2.8V and leave it at that. What is surprising, and a little scary, is that you can up the voltage to as high as 4.1 volts by manipulating these jumpers...can you say WOW! Think I will delay playing around with these for a while and keep my ram. But for you extreme overclockers, here it is!

Next Page: BIOS, Overclocking, Benchmarking

Last Updated on April 10, 2006


Table of Contents

Advertisement

nV News - Copyright © 1998-2014.
Search Products
Search
for


Ads by Casale
Tweaks
Metro: Last Light
PlanetSide 2
Miscellaneous Links
AutoDesk 123 Design
Build Your Gaming PC
FPS vs. Frame Time
Free Games And MMOs
GeForce SLI Technology
HPC For Dummies
PC Game Release Dates
Play Classic PC Games
Steam Hardware Survey
Video Game Designers
TechTerms Dictionary
GPU Applications
AMD GPU Clock Tool
AMD System Monitor
ATITool
aTuner
EVGA E-LEET
EVGA OC Scanner
EVGA Precision
EVGA Voltage Tuner
Gainward ExperTool
GPU-Shark
GPU Voltage Tuner
Fraps
FurMark
GLview
GPU Caps Viewer
GPU PerfStudio
GPU Shark
GPU-Z
MSI Afterburner
nHancer
NiBiTor
NVClock (Linux)
NVFlash
NVIDIA Inspector
NvTempLogger
NVTray
PowerStrip
RivaTuner
SLI Profile Tool
The Compressonator
3DCenter Filter Test
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
PhysX Applications
Cell Factor Revolution
Cryostatis Tech Demo
Cube Wall Demo
PhysX FluidMark
Fluid Physics
NV PhysX Tweaker
NVIDIA OPTIX 2
PhysX Downloads
PhysX at YouTube
Add-In Partners
AFOX
ASUS
AXLE
BFG Technologies
BIOSTAR
Chaintech
Colorful
ELSA
emTek
EVGA
GAINWARD
GALAXY
GIGABYTE
FORSA
FOXCONN
Inno3D
Jaton
Leadtek
Manli
MSI
Palit
PNY
Point of View
Prolink
SPARKLE
XFX
ZOGIS
ZOTAC