Review By Steve Angelly - September 28, 2005 Edited by Jonathan Martini
All component and system settings remained at default values throughout the gaming benchmarks. Specific settings for resolution and application of AA and AF are identified in the tables below. The intent of the tests was to compare performance between the single card and SLI configurations and to achieve stability in all stress tests of the video cards and system components.
Recorded scores are in frames per second (FPS) and were the result of averaging the scores of a minimum of three runs through the particular benchmark at the indicated settings.
Doom3, HL2, and FarCry make up the benchmark suite for this review. The latest patches/versions were used. Quality settings set to maximum detail in all benchmarks. Resolutions were set in the benchmark and AA/AF settings applied by the NIVIDA control panel. Forceware 77.77 drivers were used in all benchmarks.
Both setups played Doom3 at 1024x768, 8xS/16xAF, with no problems. Increasing the resolution changed the story as both configurations faltered at 1280x1024 or 1600x1200 with 8xS/16AF. 1280x1024 came close but I would not recommend it for smooth game play. However, both card configurations could handle up to 1600x1200, 4xAA/8xAF, without complaints.
Half-Life 2 (Coast Demo)
The processor caused a performance bottleneck in Half-Life 2. Both the 6 Series 7 Series processors are waiting for increased resolution or eye-candy settings so they can truly stretch their legs. The game played smooth throughout and the tests were run at 2053x1548 to further show the power of the graphics subsystem.
Far Cry (Regulator)
In game settings were set to "maximum details". Test Results are quite acceptable all the way to 1600x1200, 4xAA/8xAF. The lower resolutions were extremly smooth without any noticeable slowdowns.
The MSI P4N Diamond is a good candidate for a gaming rig as it proved to be stable with either card configuration and frame rates were good at high resolutions and high detail settings.