Summary: It is always important to have in mind the audience a given product is targeted to. MSI K9AGM2-FIH and AMD 690G are clearly targeted to digital home PCs, where gaming isn’t the most important factor. For this PC class, video quality, connectivity options and size are more relevant.
For the user willing to build a digital home PC using an AMD 690G-based motherboard, MSI K9AGM2-FIH is a far better option than competing products such as ASUS M2A-VM, ECS AMD690GM-M2 and...
Excerpt: It has now been nearly 12 months on since ATI and AMD made the big move to become one company and so far things have not been as rosy as AMD would have liked. AMD has not been able to come up with a new processor technology to combat Core 2, and it is only just recently that the Radeon HD 2900 series came out; nearly 4 months after nVidia released its DirectX 10 part. One thing we will not deny is that the addition of the ATI chipset business to AMD is a definite bonus.
Summary: If you have an AM2 processor which you want to use in Media Center PC, or as a spare system ... then the MSI K9AGM2 is ideal. It performs adequately giving you fair scores in all the benchmarks. The AMD 690G chipset is a real plus, giving you onboard X1200 graphics. Other good points include the support for HDMI, firewire and onboard gigabit LAN.
However, I do have mixed feeling about the MSI K9AGM2 motherboard. On one hand, it's a pretty feature packed motherboard ...
Summary: Aimed very much at the media centre crowd, this motherboard has the features and the passive cooling to make it a hit in the living room. The popularity of media centre systems looks likely to increase in the future, and the 690G chipset could be beautifully positioned to produce some excellent motherboards with just such a market in mind.
Excerpt: Ever since AMD bought ATI, we've been waiting to see what could be achieved by combining the minds of these two juggernauts. The first offering comes in the form of a new chipset: the 690. This comes in two flavours - the cut-down 690V and the more exciting 690G - and this is one of the first motherboards to feature the 690G.
Summary: Системная плата K9AGM2-FIH формфактора microATX в исполнении компании MSI — неплохая основа для построения компактного и тихого персонального центра развлечений за разумные деньги.
Pros: Продемонстрировав приемлемую для своего класса производительность, продукт MSI произвел приятное впечатление. Среди выявленных особенностей платформы в целом отметим скоростные качества дисковой подсистемы и лучшую организацию взаимодействия между ядрами ЦП.
Cons: Потенциал видеоподсистемы этого продукта довольно скромен при емкости ОЗУ до 1 Гбайт.