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"Looking at this MSI version, it's very much a standard implementation of the GeForce 9300. Performance too followed the book, with this board showing negligible differences with the ASUS. The only difference came when we measured the temperature of the heatsink that's cooling the chipset. The MSI P7NGM-Digital had a much cooler heatsink compared to the ASUS. Besides that, there were some minor differences, with the MSI having a decent board layout though it could have been better.
When it came to pricing however, the MSI too had a slight advantage, as it goes for US$109, US$10 less than the ASUS. One will do fine with either choice, so besides the razor-thin price difference, it boils down to the specifics, like the ASUS having rear S/PDIF outputs which the MSI lacked while the MSI came with FireWire, something that the ASUS did not include. The real winner here is the consumer, with the number of motherboard vendors offering GeForce 9300/9400 boards increased from the last time we reviewed them (when there was just the ASUS)."
"The good news is that the integrated graphics of the GeForce 9300 do live up to their billing of being up to 5x faster than a G31 - as you saw in the comparisons to the G35 IGP, it SOUNDLY beats the Intel IGP for gaming. Quite frankly, the board is quite usable for low end gaming, and I don't doubt that most games can be run at acceptable frame rates at 1024x768 as long as you don't go overboard with anti-aliasing and AF. Unfortunately we did not have a GeForce 8400 or 8500, so I was unable to try out the Hybrid SLI.
At this time, I have to say that I think the BIOS's need a bit more maturity, but even with the poor memory performance, it is quite usable as a low end gaming / general purpose desktop box. I already know from previous experience with Nvidia GPU's that it does a good job with MPEG decoding."
"So if the GeForce 9300 has all this going for it, why isn't it the best integrated graphics chipset on the market? Because it doesn't feel finished yet. Nvidia has yet to get CAS 4 memory timings working with motherboards, and while that probably won't affect the vast majority of prospective users, it gives me the impression that this chipset was rushed out the door. Also, Nvidia has admitted that an Advance Path feature that should lower memory access latencies isn't even enabled in the current drivers. The GeForce 9300 needs a little polish.
Fortunately for Nvidia, the GeForce 9300's hardware foundation appears to be solid. Assuming that Advance Path can be made to work properly, all that's needed is a round of BIOS and driver updates to tie up the platform's loose ends. With those issues resolved, I'd heartily recommend the GeForce 9300 for home theater PCs and consumer desktops alike."