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XFX Motherboard Roundup

XFX Motherboard Roundup

Socket AM2+ GeForce 8200

Like its socket 775 counterparts the AM2+ based GeForce 8200 motherboard has very distinctive box styling with useful specifications such as connectors and memory speeds. Inside we find a bundle which is similar to the 630i but this time there is no free game.

From looking at the basic specifications and layout of the board we can see that the GeForce 8200 (not really the best name for a motherboard is it?) is higher specification than the 630/610 we looked at earlier in the review. There are two PCI slots and two PCI-Express, a 1x and a 16x. There are six SATA 2.0 connectors as well as single IDE and floppy sockets and once more power is supplied through twenty four and four pin PSU plugs. Official DDR2 support hits 1066MHz and  the  8200 is stated to be compatible with CPUs that have a maximum TDP of 95w, once again though we have good news regarding this.  Our test CPU of choice is the 9850 Black Edition which is a 125w chip and on the 8200 it ran without issue. 

On the back panel are PS/2, eSATA, firewire, three USB 2.0, GBLAN and 7.1 Audio which a strong configuration. Additionally there is a status LED which helps diagnose issues, clear CMOS button and three video outputs. The first is a standard VGA with the second being a HDMI output and the third is DVI.

As the GeForce 8200 connects to a HDMI port on the back of the board it should come as no surprise that HDCP is supported but the impressive features and specifications do not stop there. This GPU contains four ROPs, 16 unified shaders, a 64 Bit bus capable of connecting up to 512MB of system memory. The core speed on this model is 500MHz with shaders set to 1200MHz. Like the other GeForce 8 series products the 8200 supports DirectX 10.0. The 8200 is also capable of Hybrid SLI and as a result GeForce Boost which we will cover later in the review.

The BIOS used on the 8200 is American Megatrends based though laid out completely differently to the 630/610i. There are two screens of real interest in here and the first is Advanced Chipset Settings. In this section we can control Hybrid SLI as well as the onboard VGA. The second screen for enthusiasts is the JUSTw00t! section. This screen is responsible for control of settings such as memory speed and timings, CPU Voltage up to 1.45v, and GPU overclocking.

 

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