System Setup and Benchmarks

The system setup for this review was setup with the specs we used in our 939-pin processor review.  This includes the Radeon 9800XT video card and ATA hard drive in order to make the results comparable to most recent, past reviews.  Also, as all the current generation of Athlon 64 motherboards will perform nearly identically with the same processor and other components, I decided to just compare the performance of the K8N Neo2 against the NVIDIA reference board to see if MSI was able to get some more performance out of the chipset with the extra time they had. 

Athlon 64 (939) Test System Setup

CPU

 Athlon 64 FX-53 @ 2.4 GHz

Motherboards

MSI K8N Neo2 NF3 Ultra Motherboard
NVIDIA NF3 Ultra Reference Motherboard

Power Supply 

Antec 550W TrueControl

Memory 

2x512MB Corsair PC3200LL Pro Series

Hard Drive

40GB 7200RPM Western Digital EIDE

Sound Card

Creative Labs Live!

Video Card

ATI Radeon 9800XT

Video Drivers

ATI Catalyst 3.10

DirectX Version

DX 9.0b

Operating System

Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1

 

The benchmarks used were:

  • SiSoft Sandra 2004 SP1
  • AIDA32
  • Cachemem
  • Quake III: Arena
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
  • X2: The Threat
  • 3D Mark 2001: SE v330
  • PC Mark 2002
  • Business Winstone 2004
  • Content Creation Winstone 2004
  • Sysmark 2004
  • Webmark 2004
  • LAME MP3 Encoding
  • XMPEG / DivX Encoding
  • WinRAR Compression
  • SPECviewperf 7.1
  • CineBench 2003
  • ScienceMark 2.0 Beta
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