The test: The following hardware has been used for the test:
CPU: AMD X2 5000+ BE & AMD X2 4100+ Ram: 2GB Kingston PC 6400 PSU: Seasonic 500Watt Graphics: Onboard (Geforce 8200) HD: 40GB Western Digital
The following benchmarks have been used:
PCMark05 Sisoft Sandra 2007 3DMark06 3DMark 2001
There’s no doubt that the GeForce 8200 isn’t intended for games where you want a decent frame rate. There’s simply not enough power available when starting a game or 3Dmark. I tried running UT3 but without much luck. The frame rate is unbearable.
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. Word is that Nvidia should be fine tuning their drivers, so we’re hoping to get better benchmark results.
Conclusion: The motherboard is not designed for a gamer that demands high performance for the latest games. The motherboard is made for a different group of people, with the need of a “Home Theater”. The possibility of adding a graphicscard, providing better performance, I won’t comment on. At the moment it’s limited with graphicscards that supports this new technology, and you should wait to see what happens in the next generation of graphics cards.
But if you need a motherboard solely for the home theater with HDMI connections and a little overclocking potential, this board is perfect. But don’t expect too much of the drivers right now.
• HDMI connection on the motherboard • Up to 6 SATA connections and RAID • Good components • HD Video acceleration
• Drivers need to be optimized • Very weak graphicscard for gaming
MSI K9N2GM-FD/FIH med GeForce 8200 (UK)JanMSI K9N2GM-FD/FIH med GeForce 8200 (UK)