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Biostar TF8200 A2+ GeForce 8200 Motherboard Review

Biostar TF8200 A2+ GeForce 8200 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: As integrated graphics processors (IGP) have matured they've also started gaining features and capabilites that were once the sole province of discrete videocards.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar Dec 15 2008   Julian Apong  
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nVidia's Take on Integrated Graphics

AMD users on a tight budget have been treated to very compelling collection of integrated graphics chipsets from which to pick. The Biostar TF8200 A2+ is no exception. A large part of this motherboard's appeal comes from its integrated nVidia Geforce 8200 chipset.

The Geforce 8200 compares well against AMD's 780G and 790GX chipsets in many of the benchmarks we threw at it today. Both platforms feature a form of hybrid graphics for Crossfire or SLI, HDMI output, and onboard HD content decoding. Reducing the power draw of a discrete graphics card via Hybrid Power is a feature that's still exclusive to the Geforce 8200. In practical terms, the feature is novel but not particularly decisive.

The performance of nVidia's Geforce 8200 chipset is neck-and-neck with AMD's Radeon HD 3200-based graphics found on AMD 780G-base motherboards. Neither IGP is suitable for hardcore gamers looking to play the newest 3D titles, but should be sufficient for older 3D games, and completely fine for everyday 2D desktop applications. Hybrid SLI is largely pointless in my opinion. When paired up a Geforce 8500GT the resulting framerates aren't fast enough to play today's games or justify the added cost of a value-oriented PCI Express videocard.

You'll be better served by adding in a card like the Radeon HD 4850 when your budget permits, if gaming's your thing. The Biostar TF8200 A2+ motherboard offers up a PCI Express x16 slot for that very reason.

On the Home Theatre Output front, you get HDMI 1.3A, DVI-D and VGA outputs to play with. nVidia's hardware-based video decoding delivers 1080i content, but the CPU load on our Athlon 64 5000+ based test system was over 60%. Comparable tests on AMD 780G/690G platforms were half this. In real world terms it will deliver good HD playback, but if you plan on doing much else while watching a movie you may encounter playback issues.

For all of its integration, the TF8200 A2+ requires a few extra purchases in order to get the most out of it - there are only four available USB ports, and scant little bundeled in the box. For a motherboard that costs around $100 CDN ($80 USD, 40 GBP), this is unfortunately pretty common.

Stil, for anyone planning to build a home theatre PC that operates quietly, or a cost effective PC with HD content decoding capabilities, the Biostar TF8200 A2+ is a worthy platform to consider.

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Contents of Article: Biostar TFA8200 A2+
 Pg 1.  Biostar TF8200 A2+ GeForce 8200 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the Biostar TF8200 A2+ motherboard
 Pg 4.  Motherboard IGP/VGA Benchmarks: 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  Motherboard IGP/VGA Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007, SuperPi
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2008
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  — nVidia's Take on Integrated Graphics

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