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MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital AMD 690G Motherboard Review
MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital AMD 690G Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Oct 17 2007   C. Sun  
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HD Content Playback and Max Motherboard Overclocking Chart

AMD AVIVO High Definition Content Playback

Source: AMD.com

Playing high definition content on current generation PCs can bog down even the fastest processors because there is more data to handle. AMD's AVIVO is a collection of different video technologies that share a common name, like Centrino or ViiV for example. First and foremost, AMD's AVIVO includes a hardware accelerator for MPEG-2/DVD Microsoft Windows Media HD video standards (WMV HD) and H.264 standards. AVIVO is built into the Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H's Radeon Xpress 1250 videocard and helps to enable such features as Home Theatre PCs (HTPC) or Personal Video Recorders (PVR) with the appropriate 3rd-party software applications. AVIVO can automatically adjust gamma and colour correction, and that should enhance picture quality too. High Fidelity Colour allows for 10-bits per colour channel, which translated basically means a more vibrant picture. There is also a high quality 12-bit analog-to-digital converter to reduce picture noise as well.

To test AVIVO's HD accelerating capabilities, we played the High Definition Blu-Ray movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen through CyberLink PowerDVD 7.2 Ultra. CPU utilization was monitored during playback through Task Manager to give a general indication of system load.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportHigh Definition Content Playback Utilization Results
720p Resolution:
CPU usage is high when playing "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" Blu-Ray movie but then again it's suppose to be, this is a new high definition format right. Usage jumped between 60-70% on average but that still leaves a fair amount for background tasks.

PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart

Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details you need to see at a glance to know which board is best. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest overclocked Front Side Bus speeds we were able to achieve while maintaining 100% stability.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportMaximum AMD Motherboard Overclocking Results
Motherboards MHz Ranking
Abit FATAL1TY AN9 32X (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 353
Epox EP-MF570 SLI (nVIDIA nForce 570 SLI) 335
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 325
DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 325
MSI K9N SLI Diamond (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 325
Asus M2N32 WS Professional (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 315
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 312
ASRock AliveNF7G-HDready (GF 7050PV) 312
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (AMD CrossFire Xpress 3200) 310
MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital (AMD CrossFire Xpress 3200) 306
Asus M2R32-MVP (AMD CrossFire Xpress 3200) 305
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (nVIDIA nForce 570 SLI) 294
Biostar TF7050-M2 (nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV) 285
MSI K9N Diamond (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 285
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H (AMD 690G) 284
Asus M2N32-SLI (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 266
Epox EP-AF550G Pro (nVIDIA GeForce 6100) 250
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (nVIDIA GeForce 6150) 248
ECS AMD690GM-M2 (AMD 690G) 232
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890) 230
Biostar TA690G AM2 (AMD 690G) 223
Biostar Tforce 6100 AM2 (nVIDIA GeForce 6100) 219
Typical Test System Specifications: AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+, 2GB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF DDR2 Memory, MSI NX7800GTX-T2D256E. Please see individual review for more specific test details.
If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:Overclocking the CPU and Memory, Overclocking the Videocard

The MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital motherboard performs overclocks well for its class, and even manages to come ahead of a few higher performance motherboards. We're certainly impressed; if MSI put more voltage options in the BIOS we can only imagine the possibilities... ;-)

Conclusions are up next on the MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital motherboard. Is it good or bad? A deal or gear to avoid? Find out right after the jump.

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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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