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MSI K8N Diamond Plus Review Page 5 of 6

Unreal Tournament 2004

For a DX8 game benchmark UT2004 was used. The resolution of 1024x768 and lower were not used because results are CPU-bound. Maps used for benchmarking were dm-rankin, as-convoy, and br-colossus. Good performance in any of the resolution/settings displayed.

DIRECTX 9 BENCHMARKS

For testing DX9 Aquamark 3 is used to represent the synthetic benchmark although using an actual game engine. AM3 still provides a good test for evaluating graphic card performance in a graphically stressed DX9 environment. Results were very consistent and even exceeded previous scores I had obtained on nForce4 x8 SLI motherboards by as much as 6% using this same SLI configuration.

Aquamark 3

The benchmark results displayed solid numbers and the K8N Diamond equipped with both the 6800 GS cards in SLI and the single 7900 GT exhibiting good performance with excellent stability. In this benchmark the 7900 GT came out convincingly ahead at all benchmarks and settings although close at 1600x1200, 4xAA/8xAF.

F.E.A.R

For the DX9 game test I used the current popular game F.E.A.R.

Comparison scores were obtained using two x8 PCI-e motherboards (EVGA 133-K8-NF41 and an EPOX 9NPA+ SLI) benchmarking the game at a resolution of 1280x960 in the in-game settings with antialiasing and ansiotropic filtering applied as identified. The variable, of course, being the different motherboards with all other components remaining the same.

F.E.A.R. Settings


F.E.A.R. Test Results


The MSI K8N Diamond Plus maintained performance level much better as antialiasing was applied and increased. While the game is playable on the other two nForce4 x8 PCI-e SLI motherboards at 1280x960, 4xAA/16xAF, performance results were not as severely affected with the K8N Diamond Plus at the higher AA and AF settings.

OPENGL BENCHMARK

Doom3 was used for OpenGL testing. The game runs smooth under both system setups with the K8N Diamond Plus using maximum in-game settings. Vsync was disabled and High Quality was selected in the driver panel.

Doom 3


Next Page: Benchmarking Continued and Conclusion

Last Updated on April 10, 2006


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