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MSI P4N Diamond Review - Page 5 of 10

TEST SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS

  • Intel Pentium 4 550J (3.4 GHz)
  • MSI P4N Diamond motherboard
  • 1024MB (2 512MB) Crucial 'Balistix' PC5300 (667MHz) DDR2 @ 200FSB
  • WDC WD740GD 'Raptor', 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA HDD
  • WD2000JB 200GB 7200 RPM IDE HDD
  • FSP 500W 'Blue Storm' PSU
  • ViewSonic P225 CRT - 22" monitor
  • 32-Bit Color / Vsync Disabled / 85Hz Refresh Rate
  • NVIDIA Geforce 7800GTX @ 430MHz/1.2GHz
  • (2) EVGA 6800 GTs @ 350MHz/1.1GHz
  • NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL 77.77 - Quality - Default Optimization Settings
  • Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0c

BIOS Settings

  • Memory Timings 4-4-4-12, 1T
  • 200MHz Front Side Bus (FSB)

BENCHMARK PROGRAMS

    SYSTEM/COMPONENT BENCHMARKS
    • Sandra 2005 v10.60 SR2a
    • PCMark 2005 v1.0.1
    • HD Tach v3.0.1.0
    SYNTHETIC GAMING BENCHMARKS
    • 3DMark 2003 v3.6.0
    • 3DMark 2005 v1.2.0
    • AquaMark 3 v1.53
    GAME BENCHMARKS
    • Doom 3 v1.0.1262
    • Half-Life 2 v1.5 (Coast Demo)
    • Far Cry v1.33 (Regulator Map v1.4.1)

SPECIFIC NOTES FOR THE TEST SETUP

Thermalright HSF Mount

I elected to use the same HSF that I have been using with the Intel 3.4E processor, the XP-90C from Thermalright. An extra heavy steel support mount is required on the backside of the motherboard to provide added rigidity and strengthen this area of the motherboard in order to allow it to support the heavy all-copper heatsink.

SATA Connectors

For SATA connections I went with some SATA cables that were already on-hand as they have a retaining clip. The SATA cables that ship with the motherboard are fine. However, the reason for the switch is that I kept inadvertently pulling out one or more of the connectors. This shoudn't be a problem throughout normal usage, but the stock cables kept getting disconnected as I was swapping video cards throughout the review while using I was using 4 HDDs. Thus, the change was made just for the expediency during test setup requiring the cards to be changed out and avoid any likelihood of the cables losing connection.

CPU-Z CPU Info

CPU-Z Memory Info

For this review default CPU and System Memory timings were used, as identified in CPU-Z. The LGA775 processor I will be using is locked so I am limited to the x17.0 multiplier. If you have an unlocked processor the multiplier selections will be available in the Bios. The RAM timings used is 4-4-4-12 1T as specified on the memory module.

Next Page: System Component Benchmarks

Last Updated on September 28, 2005


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