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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 May 11 2007   C. Sun  
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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.

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Contents of Article: MSI 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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