After the desperate fail of the Gigabyte motherboard with the Phenom processor last week: I indulged my motherboard addiction, took Michael Kleef’s valuable advice and purchased an ASUS.
Specifically, the ASUS M2A-VM HDMI board. Installed, upgraded the BIOS and it worked. Booted first time. In fact, a few driver installs later and the machine is working.
Performance change: As this machine is primarily a video capture and encoder machine, transcoding is an excellent measurement of performance change.I have a standard 5Gb video that I transcode using Microsoft Expression Encoder with a common output setting.
ASUS M2A-VM AMD Athlon 6000+ : 17m27s
ASUS M2A-VM AMD Phenom 9600 BE : 14m09s
This is a 18.9% improvement in performance.
The Windows Processor performance on the Processor changed from 5.4 to 5.9 (as you would expect)
Now to reconfigure the drivers for the digital video capture.