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MSI K9AGM2-FIH AMD 690G Motherboard Review

MSI K9AGM2-FIH AMD 690G Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The integrated ATi Radeon X1250 videocard is good for desktop 2D applications, but if gaming is in your cards you will need to install a standalone PCI Express x16 videocard...
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer May 11 2007   Colin Sun  
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Motherboard Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR

ID Software Doom 3 1.3 Source: id Software

Doom 3 takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Doom 3 1.3
HQ 1024x768 FPS Ranking
Asus A8N-VM (GF 6150 200/400 939 FX-60 Onboard Video) 8.2
Asus A8N-VM (GF 6150 200/400 939 FX-60 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 122.7
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF 6150 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard Video) 8.9
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF 6150 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 142.6
Biostar TF7050-MM2 (GF7050 200/800 Onboard Video) 12.4
Biostar TF7050-M2 (GF7050 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 144.3
ECS AMD690GM-M2 (AMD 690G 200/800 Onboard Video) 9.6
ECS AMD690GM-M2 (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 141.5
MSI K9AGM2-FIH (AMD 690G 200/800 Onboard Video) 9.9
MSI K9AGM2-FIH (AMD 690G 200/800 GF8800GTS 320MB) 140.7

If you plan on gaming with the MSI K9AGM2-FIH motherboard you'll want to get a stand alone PCI Express videocard. None of the onboard video options are fast enough to run Doom 3 with these settings at this resolution. If gaming is not in the cards for you, the graphics are sufficient to run Windows Vista with Aeroglass turned on.

Sierra FEAR 1.08

Source: Sierra

FEAR is Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features. With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to follow.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSierra FEAR 1.08
1024x768 FPS Ranking
Asus A8N-VM (GF 6150 200/400 939 FX-60 Onboard Video) 4
Asus A8N-VM (GF 6150 200/400 939 FX-60 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 167
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF 6150 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard Video) 4
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF 6150 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 163
Biostar TF7050-MM2 (GF7050 200/800 Onboard Video) 5
Biostar TF7050-M2 (GF7050 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 167
ECS AMD690GM-M2 (AMD 690G 200/800 Onboard Video) 3
ECS AMD690GM-M2 (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 157
MSI K9AGM2-FIH (AMD 690G 200/800 Onboard Video) 4
MSI K9AGM2-FIH (AMD 690G 200/800 GF8800GTS 320MB) 160

Trying to play FEAR with an onboard videocard is a no go. There simply isn't enough processing power available from any of the onboard graphics chipsets. When a GeForce 8800GTS 320MB videocard is installed, the MSI K9AGM2-FIH comes to life and we see frame rates of 160FPS.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer K9AGM2-FIH
 Pg 1.  MSI K9AGM2-FIH AMD 690G Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD 690G / ATI RS690 Chipset
 Pg 3.  MSI K9AGM2-FIH Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  AMD AVIVO for High Definition Content
 Pg 5.  Overclocking Options and BIOS Breakdown
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 8.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 9.  AMD's Answer to HDMI Integration

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