XFX GeForce 8200 Review :: XFX GeForce 8200 Layout

07-29-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

There is plenty of room around the CPU Socket for after-market cooling solutions like the CoolerMaster heatsink fan that we use in testing. The CPU area is clear for the most part with capacitors lining up the top of the CPU Socket. The form factor of the XFX 8200 is a micro-ATX board meaning that it can fit in extremely small cases without issue.


XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review

There are four DIMM Sockets for DDR2 memory. The memory slots are on the right hand side of the CPU cooler area, necessitated by the size of the board. The board supports up to 8GB of unbuffered non-ECC DDR2-1066MHz memory. This memory provides a maximum memory bandwidth to the system of 8.5GB/second as 1066x 64-bit /8 bits per byte) gives that figure. The board operates in Dual Channel memory mode when two memory modules are installed in same-colored slots.


XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review

Six SATA ports are on the XFX 8200 board. These are located on the far left-hand side of the board on the bottom edge. SATA devices have evolved beyond the SATA HDDs and include SATA DVD drives and other devices that involve storage or optical media. The more SATA devices the board sports the better. NVIDIA’s RAID controller allows RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 modes to be used. There’s also an IDE port and a FDD on the board for legacy devices.

The 24-pin power connector is on the bottom of the XFX board down below the CPU cooling area. The 8-pin power connector is on top of the board on the right hand corner under the IO as it should be. The positioning of both power connectors is perfect for cable management from the PSU as they are located in positions that allow direct cable routing instead of routing the power cable around IDE cables as some motherboards require.


XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review

There are three USB 2.0 headers on the board, bringing the total supported by the motherboard to 10 including the four on the rear panel IO. The board is missing a Firewire connection but you can use a Firewire card to add it to the board if you wish. There are two fan headers for external fans on the left hand side of the board and the CPU fan header. The CPU fan header is on the left hand side of the CPU cooling area.


XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review

NVIDIA’s GeForce 8200 chip is cooled by a heatsink with the XFX logo on it. A heatpipe leads out from the chip to a larger heatsink on the rear of the board atop the CPU cooling area. The MCP78 controls all of the functions of the NB and SB on a regular motherboard with both of those chips. XFX decided to take the IDE port and put it under the SATA ports on the board. The FDD controller is on the far left hand side of the board.


XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review
XFX GeForce 8200 Review

The integrated audio is based upon Realtek’s ALC889A CODEC, their latest audio CODEC that is fully High Definition Audio compliant. The board has 6 jacks for the onboard audio solution allowing up to 7.1 Surround Sound to be used by the XFX 8200. Discrete audio solutions on the market today are a bit unnecessary as High Definition Audio is good enough for most people on the market. The IDT SoundMAX solution has Sonic Focus abilities, one of the few AMD motherboards to support it.

The rear IO on the board is extremely interesting. There are the standard PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports found on virtually every motherboard in the last 20 years. Four USB 2.0 ports allow connection of USB devices. There is a HDMI port that allows the user to connect a HDMI monitor to the board. A D-sub connector is also present, allowing the connection of an analog CRT monitor. A LED display lies atop the HDMI port allowing you to monitor the status of the motherboard. An eSATA port is present as well as a RJ-45 jack for the Gigabit LAN.