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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [09.18.08]
Manufactured by: Abit



The fact is, gaming performance is almost entirely based on the graphics processor in the system. The CPU won't change things much, as long as they're in the same category and price range, and the motherboard/chipset being used certainly won't change much either. Things may improve here and there, but overall, expect to see similar performance from systems using the same graphics card.

In the case of the A-N78HD though, there are two things to consider. First there is our normal 'gaming performance' benchmarks, where we compare performance to another motherboard using the same video card. We also have to test the performance of the onboard GPU as well. Let's get on with it!

The following settings were used in each game:

ET-QW: 1024x768, 16:10, HOC Outskirts, High Quality
Crysis: 800x600, Low Quality, CPU Benchmark
UT3: 800x600, Standard Config
HL2-E2: 1024x768, High Quality

Well this is about as big of a difference you'll see when the only thing being changed is the motherboard. Thanks to AMD 770's lousy performance, the GeForce 8200-based A-NF78HD is able to consistently outperform the competing motherboard.

With that out of the way, let's see how he 8200 itself does. We'll be comparing it to an 8800GT, which can be had for just around $150

Yeah, things don't look too good for the 8200, when trying to benchmark DX10 software. And this is using the "Entry Level" preset. What happens when we try use an older benchmark?

The moral of the story is: Don't count on the GeForce 8200 to play games that came out after 1997 or so. If you're wondering how it did in real games - it failed to complete any tests in what we would call 'playable' settings. In other words, the only way this would even be able to get more than 30 fps in today's games would be to run it in 640x480 or even lower. Forget it.

Unfortunately we can't test GeForce Boost, since we don't have a 9500/9600 card here. According to Nvidia it can double performance. But of course, 20 fps doubled is still 40 fps, and that's with really low settings, and that's only on games that benefit from SLI. If you plan on playing games with this motherboard, you are absolutely going to have to buy a discrete video card for it.

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