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MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital AMD 690G Motherboard Review

MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital AMD 690G Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this review PCSTATS will be testing out MSI Computer's K9AG Neo2 Digital motherboard. The MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital is one of the few full size ATX motherboards build on AMD's 690G northbridge and SB600 southbridge chipsets.
 79% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Oct 17 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
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 200/800 C2D E6600 Onboard Video) 15.6
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 200/800 C2D E6600 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 173.2
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
ASRock AliveNF7G-HDready (GF 7050PV 200/800 Onboard Video) 12.5
ASRock AliveNF7G-HDready (GF 7050PV 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 145.6
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
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3G (AMD 690G 200/800 Onboard Video) 9.5
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3G (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 141.6
MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital (AMD 690G 200/800 Onboard Video) 9.7
MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 144.3

Performance in Doom 3 with the onboard AMD 690G videocard is.... well.... a bit lacking. When a GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB videocard locked and loaded into the MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital motherboard, framerates skyrocket to 144FPS!

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
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 200/800 C2D E6600 Onboard Video) 5
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 200/800 C2D E6600 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 185
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
ASRock AliveNF7G-HDready (GF 7050PV 200/800 Onboard Video) 5
ASRock AliveNF7G-HDready (GF 7050PV 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 169
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
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3G (AMD 690G 200/800 Onboard Video) 4
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3G (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 162
MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital (AMD 690G 200/800 Onboard Video) 4
MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 163

Framerates in FEAR with the onboard AMD 690G videocard are worse than hand drawing the videogame frames yourself... almost. FEAR is an intensive game, and integrated videocards don't do this kind of application. When a GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB videocard is installed, the MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital motherboard boasts a healthy performance jumps to 163FPS.

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Contents of Article: MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital
 Pg 1.  MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital AMD 690G Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital Motherboard Gallery
 Pg 3.  Highlights Con't. and AMD's 690G Chipset
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the red MSI motherboard
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra, 3Dmark06
 Pg 7.  — Motherboard Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 8.  HD Content Playback and Max Motherboard Overclocking Chart
 Pg 9.  Full sized integrated motherboard

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