The MSI RS480M2-IL is pretty much the only mobo available for the Athlon64 socket 939 proccy's that has integrated graphics. I find a lot of forum members comparing the MSI RS480M2-IL and the nForce4 series. I recently purchased a rig with the MSI RS480M2-IL. My first choice was an nForce4 based mobo but I couldn't afford to add a graphics card right now, so I bought this instead. So am I satisfied with it? Lets find out. My rig: MSI RS480M2-IL mobo Athlon64 3000+ S939 Venice Transcend 2x512 MB DDR400 RAM (3 3 3 8 ) Seagate 80 GB SATA HDD 7200 RPM VIP ATX cabinet with 400w PS (No additional cooling in the case) Other components don't affect the performance so no use mentioning them. I think this rig is fairly similar to what most of us would be considering purchasing right now. Features: Socket 939 proccy PCI-E x16 slot 3 PCI slots Integrated Radeon Xpress200 graphics 4 DIMM slots (upto 4 GB memory) Supports dual channel mode Onboard RAID 0 or 1 Onboard AC97 6 channel sound 2 IDE channels 4 SATA ports 8 USB 2.0 ports 1 Firewire port 10/100 Mbps ethernet integrated SPDIF connector S-video out Composite video out 1 Serial port Performance: I don't believe in synthetic benchmarks, so no 3DMark and Sandra scores here. I've used Fraps 2.6.3 to test the FPS in a few games. All scores are calculated without disabling essential programs during testing (avast!, Spyware Guard, Spybot-SD resident) as that is how the PC is mostly used. All games were tested at the maximum possible PLAYABLE frame rate. GTA San Andreas: Visual FX quality: High Anti aliasing: Off Resolution: 1024x768x32 21 FPS Might seem a little less, but I found the gameplay quite smooth. No One Lives Forever 2: Visual quality: Max Effects (AA/AF/Bump mapping): On Resolution: 1024x768x32 37 FPS 37 FPS with everything at max. NFS Underground 2: Visual quality: Medium Effects (AA/AF/Bump mapping): Off Motion blur/Particle system/Light trails: On Resolution: 800x600 22 FPS Playable, but not without disabling a few effects. Unreal Tournament 2004: Visual quality: High Anti aliasing: Off Resolution: 1024x768x32 39 FPS Very quick load times and no lag during gameplay. The quality can be pushed higher, but this seems good enough. Half-Life 2 Visual quality: High Anti aliasing: Off Resolution: 1024x768x32 29 FPS We know Half-Life 2 obviously works well with ATI graphics, but this was just incredible. C&C Generals Zero Hour: Visual quality: High Resolution: 1024x768x32 30 FPS I couldn't figure out how to disable the frame limiter. But what matters is that it delivered the max possible FPS throughout the test at the highest settings. Positives: Reasonably priced socket 939 mobo Great graphics (by integrated graphics standards) PCI-E x16 slot Firewire port SPDIF connector S-video, composite video connectors Runs very cool without any additional cooling Comes with good quality round IDE cables Enough space around the socket for a larger heatsink Supports 4 GB RAM in dual channel Really easy to update/flash the BIOS Negatives: No overclocking Dosen't match up to the nForce4 chipset Integrated graphics uses up system memory No SATA2 support No support for NCQ No Gigabit ethernet No PCI-E x1 slots Really old sound chipset (AC 97) Conclusion: Quite obviously it loses out to the nForce4 in pretty much all performance benchmarks. But if you have a shoestring budget and can't afford a graphics card right now, this is the board for you. If you intend to use a dedicated graphics card, the nForce4 is a much better buy. Note that I don't exactly have the fastest RAM (3 3 3 8 ). I haven't disabled my antivirus and antispyware applications. Expect better performance by disabling all other applications.