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Abit AN-M2HD High Definition Motherboard

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I will use the Overclockersclub.com benchmarking suite to test the Abit AN-M2HD High Definition Motherboard, as well as the other two motherboards chosen to perform for comparison. Our suite contains many of the benchmarks you have seen in our video card reviews, plus other benchmarks that will determine CPU, chipset, HDD, rendering and file transfers, to name but a few. Settings on all boards will be default, except for memory, which will be set to 667 instead of auto. This will eliminate any variables and allow us to see how well these boards perform right out of the box. Again, I will reiterate that this system is for the purposes of building an inexpensive extra PC or an HTPC.


Testing Setup:

  • AMD 64 6000+ AM2 CPU
  • Abit AN-M2HD (nVidia Onboard Graphics)
  • 1GB Mushkin HP5300
  • Apevia 450W PSU
  • Maxtor Diamond Max 9 100 GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Apevia X-Qpak2 Case
  • Windows XP Pro SP2
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • BenQ FP222WH Monitor

Comparison System:

  • AMD 64 6000+ AM2 CPU
  • Motherboard #2: ECS AMD690GM-M2 (ATI Onboard Graphics)
  • Motherboard#3: ECS AMD690GM-M2 (ATI Onboard Graphics)
  • 1GB Mushkin HP5300
  • Apevia 450W PSU
  • Apevia X-Qpak2 Case
  • ThermalTake Mozart Case (Gigabyte)
  • Ultra 800W X-Finity PSU (Gigabyte)
  • Maxtor Diamond Max 9 100 GB SATA Hard Drive
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • Windows XP Pro SP2
  • BenQ FP222WH Monitor



The system tests we will be using are listed below:

  • Apophysis 2.2
  • PcMark 05 Professional
  • Sisoft Sandra XI
  • Sciencemark
  • Cinebench 9.5
  • HD Tach 3.1
  • SpecViewperf 9.0
  • WinRAR


We will start with Apophysis. This program is used primarily to render and generate fractal flame images. We will run this benchmark with the following settings:

  • Resolution: 2048 x 1200
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 256MB

The measurement used is time to render, in minutes, to complete.


Lower is Better


WinRAR is a tool to archive and compress large files to a manageable size. We will use 10MB, 100MB and 500MB files and test the time needed to compress these files. Time will be measured in seconds.





The Abit An-M2HD comes in second when rendering in Apopysis, but when compressing files, since all three boards are within a margin, I feel it is too close to call.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Board)
  3. Installation & Closer Look (The Bios)
  4. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  5. Configuration
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing (Apopysis and WinRar)
  8. Testing (Specview)
  9. Testing ( PC Mark05 Professional)
  10. Testing ( Sandra X1 Professional)
  11. Testing ( ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune)
  12. Testing (Far Cry)
  13. Testing (F.E.A.R.)
  14. Testing ( Call of Duty II)
  15. Testing ( Quake 4)
  16. Testing (NFS Most Wanted)
  17. Extras
  18. Conclusion
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