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Asus P2-M3A3200 HTPC Review



Phenom Processor
Athlon 64 X2 Processor
Athlon 64 Processor
Sempron Processor
Socket AM2+/AM2
System Bus up to 5200 MT/s (AM2+)
2000 MT/s (AM2)
1600 MT/s (AM2)
Chipset North Bridge: AMD RS780G
South Bridge: AMD SB700
Memory 2 x DIMM
Dual DDR2 800/667/533
Support max. 4GB
Expansion Slots 2 x PCI-e x 1
1 x PCI-e x 16, 1 x PCI-e x 1 (Optional: with VGA card)
Graphics Integrated ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD3200 Graphics
Max. resolution: 2048 x 1536
Support Microsoft DirectX 10
OnBoard VGA / max share MEM 256M
IDE 1 x ATA 100
LAN 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
LAN Chip Realtek RTL8111C
Audio Realtek ALC883
Azalia 8 Channel
Dimension (mm) W x H x D 91mm (W) x 275mm (H) x 357mm (D)
Drive Bays 1 x 3.5" Internal
1 x 5.25"
Front Panel 2 x USB2.0
1 x Microphone
1 x Headphone
1 x 4-in-1 Card Reader (MS, MS Pro, MMC, SD)
1 x IEEE 1394 (4pin)
1x CF Card Reader
Rear Panel 4 x USB 2.0
1 x Line-in/Line-out/Mic-in
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x RJ45 LAN
1 x Back Surround LR/Side Surround LR/Center LFE
1 x S/PDIF-out (Optical)
1 x D-sub
1 x HDMI
1 x Serial Port
Power Supply Peak 200W (PFC)
O/S Support Windows Vista
Windows XP
Manageability PXE
WOR by Ring
Noise Level Idle mode: 31dB
Accessory CPU Cooler
Optional Functions VGA Card (HD3450)
Key Features AMD Cool & Quiet
ASUS AI manager
ASUS CrashFree BIOS3
ASUS Ez Flash
ASUS My Logo2
AntiVirus Solution



  • Fully High Definition Video and Audio Supported: P2-M3A3200 offers hardware decode of high definition content and supports H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video formats for Blu-ray disks. The support of DirectX10 which equips New 3-D graphics-rendering capabilities in games and high-end 3-D applications. Plus the theater-like HD 8 channel audio, a new experience of home entertainment is evolved.
  • Magic Space & Creation of Design: The small size, 8.9L, contains all the possibilities. The leather-touch and high brightness polishing surface treatment combined with a slim & elegant design fits all surroundings.
  • All-Around Multimedia Platform: P2-M3A3200 enriches your life by providing rich features for multimedia applications. It includes D-sub, HDMI, S/PDIF out, 8-channel HD audio, CF, MS, MS Pro, SD, MMC card readers, and etc. It provides users a convenient platform to connect peripherals in daily life.
  • Excellent thermal & acoustic solution: The highly integration of mechanism and MB design creates the best placement and air flow. Besides that, ASUS unique Q-Fan Technology can detect the CPU lording and temperature automatically. By these two ways, P2-M3A3200 provides the best thermal & acoustic solution and quiet working environment.
  • The latest Hybrid CrossFire technology (Optional: with VGA card): Easily maximize the graphics performance. With ASUS HD3450 VGA card and Hybrid CrossFire technology, the graphics performance of 3Dmark06 score increased more than 50%. Also you can enjoy the multi-display up to 4 displays to increase the productivity.
  • SPLENDIDâ„¢ Video Intelligence Technology (Optional: with VGA card): The exclusive SPLENDID Video Intelligence Technology from ASUS optimizes overall display for the best results in image preview, movie playback, and gaming. Delivering video performance with intelligent color, brightness, contrast, and sharpness corrections. It also provides different video preset modes and 3 preset skin tone.

All information courtesy of Asus @http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=1&l2=3&l3=483&l4=0&model=2562&modelmenu=1

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Case
  3. Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Temperatures
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  9. Testing: Specview 10 & PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: Bioshock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World In Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06
  20. Testing: Extras
  21. Conclusion
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