Review By Steve Angelly - September 28, 2005 Edited by Jonathan Martini
SYSTEM COMPONENT BENCHMARKS
SiSoft Sandra Results
Sandra results are slightly better than my AMD/nForce4 A64, 939, DDR setup except for memory bandwidth. Increasing the FSB to 250 MHz should bring this up closer to 6,000 MB/s levels. Buffered read and write results were almost identical which is as it should be using the same HDD.
PCMark05, version 1.0.1, was used to test the overall performance characteristics of the MSI P4N Diamond. This benchmark suite employs a number of tests that give weighted results. These results provide indications of performance for specific components and how these components contribute to the overall performance of a system. The comparative overall score is identified in PCMarks while the scores of various system components are listed relative to the application.
The only component change between the excerpts of the full test results listed below was swapping out the single 7800GTX for (2) 6800 GTs and activating SLI.
All tests were performed using default settings of the test system and associated system components. Resolution setting for this benchmark was set at 1024x768, high quality, with all other NVIDIA control panel settings at default.
PCMark 2005 Results - NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX
PCMark 2005 Results - NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT SLI
A slight overall performance increase was revealed in PCMark '05 mainly due to the 7800GTX scoring 6026 PCMarks to the SLI setup's 4681 in the overall graphics section.
HD TACH 3
Initial check of the WDC WD740GD Raptor's and WD2000JB's performance was provided by the latest version of HD Tach3.
HD Tach 3 - WD740GD
Although the burst speed is a little higher, the sequential read is slightly less than the reference (Blue) recording. Burst speed is normally 127.0 with this particular drive.
HD Tach 3 - WD2000JB
The age of my WD2000JB SE is starting to show it but still performs well with this board as an IDE drive.