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XFX Motherboard Roundup

XFX Motherboard Roundup

Conclusion

XFX 610I/7050 and 630i/7150

In our review the very reasonably priced  610i and 630i took on one of the most feature packed Intel motherboards, with onboard graphics, available in the sub £80 price range and throughout the tests the XFX products performed very well. They were consistently on par or slightly ahead of the G33 based motherboard when testing desktop performance in applications such as Cinebench. This was particularly surprising considering the use of single channel memory on the XFX products. When testing gaming not only did they provide some competitive performance the features offered by XFX’s onboard graphics were superior.

When we compare the two socket 775 XFX motherboards against each other we see that they are for the most part identical. There are various branding and marketing differences, but in the real world both boards were able to accept the same components, even if not officially listed on the XFX website. The only major difference between the two products is graphics core speed (630 on the 7150 against 500 on the 7050) and the option to use HDMI out on the 7150. This small bump in performance costs approximately £4 and really seems a no brainer to us unless you are on an extremely tight budget.

As we stated earlier in the review these two boards are manufactured by MSI and as a result had no issues with the quality of components or workmanship. There was one issue which concerned us though and that is the placement of the SATA ports. If a larger graphics card is placed in the PCI-Express 16x slot it can interfere with the SATA ports requiring the use of low profile cables or the loss of at least two ports. Some additional thought at the design stage really would have been beneficial.


XFX 610i

Scan.co.uk £39


XFX 630i

Scan.co.uk £43

GeForce 8200
The bizarre choice of model name may cause potential motherboard customers to browse past the GeForce 8200, but anyone observant enough to realise this is not a graphics card would be in for a treat. In all of our desktop tests the XFX board was able to outperform the AMD 780G based product and in some cases such as the Sisoft Sandra memory bandwidth test there was a significant advantage for the Nvidia based board.

The design of the 8200 was slightly better than its Intel based counterparts due to the positioning of the SATA ports, which are not impacted by longer PCI-Express cards. We were also pleased to see the use of an external clear CMOS button as well as a useful LED status display and all of the outputs we would expect on a newly released product. The BIOS on the 8200 was also impressive and offered control of enough settings to keep most enthusiasts happy, even down to configuration of the onboard GPU clockspeed.

There is one area where the 8200 is not as competitive as we would like with the 780G and that is onboard graphics performance. In this area the XFX board can fall a little behind the competition from AMD, however when a discrete GPU is added the board performs very well. Depending on the choice of add-in graphics we also have the option to use GeForce Boost which combines the new card with the onboard graphics for enhanced performance.


XFX 8200

Scan.co.uk £53

Summary:
XFX have achieved what they set out to do, provide consumers with an alternative to the market leading solutions which are already available to buy. The GeForce 8200 is priced competitively but the 630i really excels in this area undercutting G33 based products by up to £35. There is also the additional benefit of the excellent support process XFX have in place which features a good warranty as well as the ability to chat online with a support representative in real-time.

 

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Stuart Davidson

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