Conclusion: The NVIDIA GeForce 8300 chipset has shown some potential to become one of the best integrated GPUs for HTPC use. Despite its aim towards budget gamers and/or HTPC users, it is not skimping on the features. The inclusion of PCI express 2.0, DirectX 10 capable graphic ability, offload HD encoding to GPU, Hybrid SLI, 12 USB ports, and RAID, provide excellent additions to the chipset.
Summary: After extensive testing, we can conclude that the Asus M3N78 Pro and its Geforce 8300 chipset is a success. Compared directly to Gigabyte's GA-MA78GM-S2H and its AMD 780G chipset, the nVidia chipset board has the power efficiency edge in all areas, saving up to 11W depending on the load. For a low power system, 11W is a sizable amount. High definition playback was comparable, but again more energy efficient. Only in 3D performance did the M3N78 Pro fall a bit short.
Pros: Excellent, efficient high definition playback, Low power consumption, HybridPower reduces power draw modestly, Overclocks well, Good fan control, Express Gate convenient for simple tasks
Cons: 3D performance lacking, HybridPower savings much less than expected
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