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Leadtek K7N420-DA nForce Motherboard Review - Benchmarks - System Productivity

When the original nForce based motherboards were in production, they were supposed to be the greatest thing since bread and butter. Unfortunately, their performance was nothing to be proud of. But nVidia hasn't given up on the idea of a chipset for AMD processors with decent built-in graphics. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Leadtek K7N420-DA Motherboard. It is based on the newest 420D nForce chipset and again has onboard graphics. But can they pull themselves out of the hole that they dug last time around? Let's find out!

| NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 3, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 6.5%      Manufacturer: Leadtek

Real World System Productivity

 

SysMark 2002

 

SysMark 2002 is a simulated system performance benchmark using real installed applications, thus making it a real word benchmark. SysMark 2002 incorporates the following Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity applications: Office Productivity includes Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Microsoft Access 2002, Netscape Communicator 6.0, Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred v.5, WinZip 8.0 and McAfee Virus Scan 5.13. Internet Content Generation includes Adobe Photoshop 6.01, Adobe Premiere 6.0, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.1, Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 and Macromedia Flash 5.

 

 

 

While we expected to see the nForce perform better in the Business part, the nForce is certainly a disappointment in that area. Testing shows that it's not Leadtek's fault but rather poor design on the nForce chipset as the MSI nForce board also suffered the same problems. In the Internet Content Creation part we see that the disappointment of the nForce continues. With its less than stellar memory controller it is getting left far behind.

 

Winstone Business

 

Business Winstone tests your computer's word processing, spreadsheet and presentation application ability using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Both Content Creation and Business Winstone 2001 give you great examples of real-world performance.

 

 

Again, the nForce boards show they have not been fully optimized. This is poor quality on nVidia's part.

 

Winstone Content Creation

 

Content Creation tests your computer's ability to create and manipulate images, webpages etc using real-world programs such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver, then gives you an overall score.

 

 

Again very disappointing, even for nVidia. We come to expect more from nVidia. Lets pray the next chipset holds more towards better performance.

 

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