Abit AN-M2HD mATX Motherboard
To be perfectly honest, I feel that this review hasn't really shown the AN-M2HD in the best light. The fact that the AMD cpus are losing out to Intel's Core 2's has resulted in it looking like it can't keep up. And this simply isn't the case. It does exactly what it says on the tin (or box, as the case may be) and it does it well. As far as IGPUs go, the 7050 isn't too bad. While it would still be a better option to add in a graphics card for serious gaming, for very light play it did the job.
When looking at this board however, you must bear in mind exactly what it was designed and built for. Which is sitting in a small case, under a large TV, playing high definition video and audio. And this task it performed at a superb level. Coupled with the Arctic Cooler and Seasonic M12 the system was inaudible over even very quiet audio tracks
The next best thing about the AN-M2HD is its price. Coming in at the £50 mark and combined with the fantastic pricing on AMD's current range means that you could put together the basis of a HTPC for next to nothing. It can be found for £52 and a penny over at Komplett.co.uk
I had this board for a few weeks just to get an overall feel for how it would perform in the longer term. And after this time I can safely say that it would make a fine basis to an HTPC by anyone's standards. I'm therefore recommending it for anyone looking for a low cost home theatre solution and also awarding it the 'Value For Money' award, as its price is a major plus point.
- Integrated HDMI (Audio and video)
- Rock Solid
- Cheap as Chips
- Curious Overclocking Results
- IGPU Gaming Results
Thanks to abit
for providing the board for review.
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