PCSTATS Main Page Follow PCSTATS on Facebook PCSTATS RSS Feed PCSTATS Twitter Feed + Motherboards
+ Videocards
+ Memory
+ Beginners Guides
News & Advanced Search  Feedback?
[X]   Directory of
Guides & Reviews

Beginners Guides
Weekly Newsletter
Archived Newsletters

 

Contact the Suite 66 Advertising Agency
Seagate Backup Plus Slim External USB 3.0 2TB Hard Drive Review

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...
 85% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer May 11 2007   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > MSI Computer K9AGM2-FIH

AMD's Answer to HDMI Integration

nVIDIA completely dominates the entry level AMD market, but with the arrival of the ATI RS690 / AMD 690G, AMD will give nVIDIA a run for its money. Feature wise the AMD 690G supports everything the new nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV does, and as you saw in PCSTATS's benchmarks the performance difference between the two is almost negligible.

The MSI K9AGM2-FIH motherboard is a good simple mainstream platform for building an AMD Socket AM2 motherboard. For 2D tasks, like regular office work, surfing the web and the like, this motherboard is a perfectly suitable and quite inexpensive. The onboard Radeon Xpress 1250 videocard handles 2D applications just fine, and is Windows Vista Aeroglass compliant. Better still, the onboard HDMI connector allows the MSI K9AGM2-FIH to output video at 1920x1080 (1080p), HDCP content included.

In the benchmarks we saw that the MSI Computer K9AGM2-FIH motherboard performed at about the same level as the new nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV, so the competition is likely to heat up between these two. When it came to the 3D stuff, the onboard Radeon Xpress 1250 videocard was quickly overpowered by the 3D games. Of course, the same is true for the GeForce 7050 onboard graphics card too. If you're a gamer, use the money you saved on the MSI motherboard and pick up a good PCI Express videocard like the GeForce 8800GTS 320MB. That is what PCSTATS tested this board with, and as you saw from the benchmarks it handled much better in 3D games as a result.

With a retail price of $88 CDN, ($80USD, £40 GBP), the MSI K9AGM2-FIH motherboard is an inexpensive choice no matter how you look at it. With HDMI and HDCP support, this board could be the foundation for the perfect little low cost PC or HTPC for your multimedia needs. With AMD venturing into chipsets now, it's good to know its 690G chipset can stand on its own two feet.

Find out about this and many other reviews by joining the Weekly PCstats.com Newsletter today! Catch all of PCSTATS latest reviews right here.

Related Articles
Here are a few other articles that you might enjoy as well...
- Biostar TF7050-M2 GeForce 7050PV Motherboard Review
- Biostar TA690G AM2 AMD 690G Motherboard Review
- Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus nForce 650i Motherboard Review
- ABIT AB9 Pro Intel P965 Express Motherboard Review
- ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme nForce 590SLI Motherboard Review

< Previous Page © 2017 PCSTATS.com Motherboards News»

 

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

SEARCH PCSTATS 
Use the power of Google to search all of PCSTATS and the PCSTATS Forums. Tell us what you think of this new feature - FEEDBACK?
   12 / 11 / 2017 | 2:17PM
Hardware Sections 


google
 
PCSTATS Network Features Information About Us Contact
FrostyTech
TransmetaZone
BeginnersPC
PCSTATS Newsletter
PCSTATS Forums
ShoppingList Assistance
Tech Glossary
Technology WebSite Listings
PermaLink News
Archived News
Submit News (Review RSS Feed)
Site Map
PCstats Wallpaper
About Us
Employment
Privacy Policy
Advertise on PCSTATS

How's Our Driving?
© Copyright 1999-2017 www.pcstats.com All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of Use.