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MSI K7N420 Pro nForce Motherboard Review - K7N420 Pro - Page 5

With all the hype of the new nVidia nForce chipset, it is time to see just how well it can compete against some pretty solid contenders. How well did it fare? Come on in and join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the MSI K7N420 Pro Motherboard. Some of the results may come as a suprise.

| NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 17, 2001 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%      Manufacturer: Microstar (MSI)

Conclusion

 

In my mind, the nForce chipset has been one of the biggest hype, no delivery chipsets since the i820. Performance was reasonable, but even with the new technologies that nVidia has used, it still falls behind a plain-jane VIA KT266A board.

 

As for the MSI K7N420 Pro, I think that more thought of what goes where needs to be considered rather than trying to make it look good with large heatsinks and red PCB.

 

- Pro's

 

Reasonably fast

 

Integrated solution

 

Stable

 

Onboard Dolby 5.1 sound

 

Using AMD HyperTransport bridge link

 

- Con's

 

Expensive for an integrated solution

 

Wasted PCB space between AGP and PCI

 

Rating - 7.5/10

 

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