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windwithme
09-21-2006, 09:09 AM
In the early 2006, the K8N Diamond Plus on Socket939 platform by MSI.
That board with high quality hardware audio, heat pipe and real good overclock ability with high performance, good on cost/performance ratio.

MSI K9N Diamond was born to be Diamond After AMD transfer to AM2 platform.
Build with NVIDIA’s finest nForce590 SLI chipset based, support EPP technology and DDRII memory.

Diamond series means top class.
Take a first look on BOX design.

“The Diamond heart” MSI Diamond logo still the main theme in front.
http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/6118/k9nd1pk4.jpg





Inside stuff
High-end product bundle with many cables and disks.
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/2359/k9nd2gw2.jpg






K9N Diamond Mobo overview
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/8015/k9nd3tf1.jpg





http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/6097/k9nd4ej7.jpg

windwithme
09-21-2006, 09:11 AM
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4404/k9nd5sv8.jpg





The left down corner
2X PCI Express X16
2X PCI Express X1
2X 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots
Build in Sound Blaster Audigy SE HW audio, still be the best quality MoBo audio. High quality 24bit/192kHz sampling rate, 106dB with EAX ADVANCED HD environment surround audio with the fibre-optical and S/PDIF output.

http://img128.imageshack.us/img128/1083/k9nd6yo1.jpg






Right down corner
The red button for Clear CMOS.
6 SATAII port, support RAID 0 or 1,0+1, 5 and JBOD disk array mode
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4518/k9nd7hd6.jpg






Up right corner
4 DDRII DIMM slot
1 IDE port and 24pin power connector.
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4122/k9nd8pl6.jpg

windwithme
09-21-2006, 09:12 AM
Up left corner
CPU Socket and PWM design
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/8434/k9nd9cl6.jpg





North Bridge/ South Bridge with pipeline heatsink design.
Slow fan works quiet.
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/9130/k9nd10et9.jpg






http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4006/k9nd11pi7.jpg





Use all Japan capacitor.
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/2841/k9nd12yg8.jpg

windwithme
09-21-2006, 09:13 AM
IO port
Dual Gigabit LAN design
1394/ fibre-optical out put and 4 USB2.0 port.
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/2460/k9nd13lp9.jpg





Test platform setup
CPU:AMD AM2 Althon64 X2 4800+
MB: MSI K9N Diamond
DRAM:Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C3
VGA:ELSA 730GT 256B3 DTV
HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
Cooler:Tower112
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/3121/k9nd14la2.jpg




DDRII 803 CL3 3-3-9 1T 2.2V stable and good performance
http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/1628/k9nd800bp0.jpg






CPU default 2.4GHz, DDRII 800 with CL=3,3,3,9 1T setup
SIS Sandra bandwidth turbo up to 9018MB/S
This is the best record with default setup on both AMD and Intel platform I’ve
ever seen so far.

http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/802/k9n800sisyu2.jpg

windwithme
09-21-2006, 09:13 AM
CPU FSB up to 345Mhz stable.
It’s also the best record AM2 motherboard when I use same 4800+ X2 processors to overclock.
http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/5033/k9nd345iq6.jpg


Diamond series always match their Diamond quality, powerful multimedia function, also with good overclock ability.
This Mobo will give AM2 platform some impact to encourage the momentum.

windwithme
09-23-2006, 05:42 PM
BIOS intro
Main page
http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/1601/k9ndb1ht3.jpg



Chipset link bandwidth
http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/842/k9ndb2xm5.jpg




Frequency and voltage page.
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/1046/k9ndb3zp2.jpg





CPU extra voltage.
Up to more 0.3V for overclock.
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/7002/k9ndb4nm3.jpg

windwithme
09-23-2006, 05:43 PM
AM2 support DDRII 400/533/667/800
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/2943/k9ndb5by6.jpg





Memory configuration setup page.
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/3433/k9ndb6hv1.jpg






Multiple adjust and basic voltage.
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/3616/k9ndb7bo5.jpg





Many detail voltage adjust
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/528/k9ndb8qx6.jpg

windwithme
09-23-2006, 05:43 PM
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/5489/k9ndb9pl5.jpg






NVIDIA tech. page.
The 590 SLI support EPP technology setup also in this page.
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/1249/k9ndb10xr3.jpg




Boot up screen
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/5631/k9ndb11bq7.jpg




Test plasform setup
CPU:AMD AM2 Althon64 X2 4800+
MB: MSI K9N Diamond
DRAM:Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C3
VGA:ELSA 730GT 256B3 DTV
HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
Cooler:Tower112
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/5304/k9nd14ms3.jpg

windwithme
09-23-2006, 05:45 PM
The UI of build in Audige SE hardware audio
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/6990/k9ndsejt0.png





Memory 1GBX2 DDRII 1083 CL4 4-4-12 2.3V stable
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/2126/k9nd1083kj8.jpg





ELSA 7300GT DDR3 SLI overclock test.
3DMARK2003
http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/4115/k9nd2003fc6.jpg





3DMARK2005
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/5484/k9nd2005is5.jpg

windwithme
09-23-2006, 05:46 PM
3DMARK2006
http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/2232/k9nd2006mp6.jpg






MSI K9N Diamond
Positive points:
1.Full and deluxe package
2.Copper pipeline chipset heatsink with FAN.
3.4 phase PWM design with JAPAN capacitors.
4.Build in best mobo audio with SB Audigy SE hardware audio.
5.CPU FSB can up to 345MHz
6.Only need 2.2V to reach DDRII 800 1T CL=3,3,3,9



Negative points:
1.No big advantage compare with K8N Diamond Plus.
2.Top memory voltage is only 2.3V, not enough.
3.DDRII overclock should up to 1120~1160MHz to get better performance.
4.Wish we can have build in eSATA and debug signal design.


I recommend this product for under 215USD.
Good on spec design and overclock ability, the only discount is memory overclock ability and not enough spec. improve.
But according to the cost/performance and multimedia, this still a recommend product.

windwithme
09-29-2006, 09:28 AM
MSI new mobo software
Dual CoreCenter
Include main page and sub system page.

CPU, mobo and other system temp. monitor.
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/5655/k9nds1km2.png




CPU, GPU and other part FAN speed adjust and monitor.
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/2356/k9nds2lk3.png





CPU, GPU memory and other chipset voltage adjust and monitor.
You can adjust a part of them to overclock.
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/7691/k9nds3wg4.png





Frequency and CPU utilization, you can adjust CPU and GPU (MSI) frequency.
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/9207/k9nds4qz7.png





The Dual CoreCenter is very detail, also apply all the mobo adjustable function with detail mode. The only point to improve is the panel color design.

windwithme
09-29-2006, 09:29 AM
Test platform setup
CPU:AMD AM2 Althon64 X2 4800+
MB: MSI K9N Diamond
DRAM:Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C3
VGA:MSI 7600GT SLI silent version
HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
Cooler:Tower112
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/7876/k9nd15md6.jpg





The MSI 7600GT SLI testing numbers.
VGA OC 633/1680Mhz
3DMARK2003
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/6646/k9nd7603oh6.png






3DMARK2005
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/6305/k9nd7605fu1.png







3DMARK2006
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/8868/k9nd7606kp8.png