Until four or five months ago, I never owned video cards able to run AA, so it really wasn't a big deal not being able to run AA during the testing. Every game had respectable FPS, all were very playable with no stuttering. Moreso than much bigger systems running AA.
So what? What are we talking about here? Well, we're talking about building a rig for a relatively small amount of money that are able to play these games with respectable FPS. Think about it.a newly released $79 video card, 4GB of DDR2 memory at under $75 bucks , $140-$170 for a respectable CPU, $85-$100 for an operating system, and the ASRock AOD790GX/128M, which should sell for around $100. This will be a power sipping rig that should get sufficient power from a $100 power supply, throw in a case, and we're talking about a rig for under $700. A rig that will play Crysis for under $700, and not using a bunch of year or two old technology!
The AOD790GX/128M is the first motherboard with onboard graphics I've had in a very long time. Even without a discreet video card, there are some respectable graphics. Throw in a lower-end video card, and see much more than you'd expect.
The board has all of the features you'd expect from a much more expensive motherboard, as ASRock boards always do. There is stuff here for everyone, gamers, overclockers, and general enthusiasts. This board does not have to be the platform for merely an economy rig, but would do just fine for a much higher-end rig.
I found nothing to dislike about this board. I couldn't find the AOD790GX/128M for sale in the states, though I expect it to sell in the $100-$125 range. ThinkComputers.org gives the ASRock AOD790GX/128M AMD 790GX Motherboard a 10 out of 10 score.
- A nice platform for a low-budget rig, as well as a higher-end Phenom rig
- Integrated graphics work well alone, even better with a "mainstream" ATI video card
- Features for all levels of enthusiasts