Where the GeForce 8200 wasn't suitable for games, the HD3200 from AMD has no problem performing like graphicscards in the lower price range. The motherboard gets a pretty high 3DMark 01 score and decent results in various smaller games.
I couldn't get 3DMark06 and 03 to work with this motherboard. I tried reinstalling drivers and 3DMark software without any luck. 3DMark 01 did work to my surprise. I blame the drivers for the lack of success and I'm positive that AMD is working on new drivers.
AquaMark3 is an older benchmark, based in DirectX 9. But it's a good benchmark for the level of games you could expect to play on machines with integrated graphicscards.
The HD3200 doesn't come close to the 8800GTX, but still manages to keep the frame rate above 25 most of the time. This is at 1024x768, Aniso X4 and Details V. High. Not bad at all.
What I didn't have the opportunity to test was HD video playback. This is where the chipset matters because the integrated graphicscard works as an accelerator for the video. Remember that a HD video requires a player that supports the graphicscards functions, like PowerDVD.
Conclusion: The motherboard delivers good results in performance and stability. AMD's new chipset is a perfect match for people who wants HD support and the ability to play games. The motherboard has an HDMI output which is a must if you're building an HTPC for the flat screen today. This saves you from buying expensive DVI to HDMI cables. The motherboard doesn't use the best components but still looks like a solid solution.
- HDMI connection on the motherboard. - Acceleration of HD Video (ATI AVIVO HD 2) - Good OC qualities - Fast graphicscard
- Drivers aren't 100 % ready yet. - Metal capacitors could have been used.
MSI K9A2GM-FIH with Radeon HD 3200 (UK)JanMSI K9A2GM-FIH with Radeon HD 3200 (UK)