MSI K9N Platinum nForce 570 Ultra - Game Performance and Benchmarking

Article Index
MSI K9N Platinum nForce 570 Ultra
Board Layout - Up Close
A Pretty Standard BIOS
Test Setup, Network Performance and More
Applications Benchmarks
Application Benchmarks - Continued...
Game Performance and Benchmarking

Game Tests:

As mentioned previously we tested a few games on this motherboard.  We played Ghost Recon:Advanced Warfighter, Tomb Raider:Legend, Oblivion, Call of Duty 2, Prey, Age of Empires 3, and Half-Life 2:Episode 1.  We only published the results at stock speeds as overclocking yielded little to no performance improvement as our test rig is a little GPU limited with a 7600GT.

We have included several games in each of the graphs below in order to save some space and show how playable each game is on the system.

Ghost Recon:AW - Tomb Raider: Legend

You can see that Ghost Recon is much more demanding, but remains playable 1024x768 at high quality settings with 8xAF.  Tomb Raider: Legend just flies at 1280x1024.

The next couple of games that we played were Call of Duty 2 and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.  Oblivion is very CPU and GPU intensive and brings many systems to their knees.  We ran the benchmarks at 1024x768 and the results are listed below.

Oblivion - Call of Duty 2

The last series of games that we tested are Prey, Age of Empires 3 and Half-Life 2: Episode 1.  These games all ran very well on this system at 1024x768 and Prey was even playable at 1280x1024.  Take a look at the benchmarks below.

Prey - Age of Empires 3 - HL2:Episode 1

As we test more AM2 motherboards and graphics cards, we will compare the results from this motherboard with new boards and graphics cards.  The K9N Platinum is the grounds for a very solid system that can be built for a very good price and offers a great gaming experience.  This board has been 100% solid throughout testing - at stock speeds and when overclocked to 2.64GHz.

Conclusion:

This board has many of the latest features that we've all come to expect from a flagship motherboard and MSI brings it to market at a very decent price.  Although at first glance it appears to support SLI, it in fact has one 16x PCIe slot and the other is only a 1x PCIe slot.  You have the ability to run two graphics cards and four monitors, but no SLI.  It comes packed with Firewire, USB2.0, Dual GB Ethernet, High Definition Audio and MSI's Cell technology that makes it a decent tweaking board.  It is a very solid board that performed well throughout testing and it a good choice for virtually anyone building their own AM2 PC.

Pros:

  • Very inclusive bundle - everything you need.
  • Supports 8GB of DDR2.
  • Dual GB Ethernet.
  • Passive cooled chipset is silent.
  • Lot's of I/O options.

Cons:

  • A little disappointed with overclocking.

Here is how it all breaks down.

 

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
9/10
Performance:
8/10
Software Pack:
9/10
Stability:
9/10
Features:
9/10
Value:
10/10
Total Score 9.0

 

I would recommend the MSI K9N Platinum to everyone but hardcore overclockers and gamers.  For this crowd the MSI K9N SLI Platinum or K9N Diamond would be a better choice.

I'd like to thank MemoryExpress for sending this board over for use to review.  It's been a good time with our first AM2 motherboard review.  Look for more in the near future!

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