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Foxconn A7DA-S AMD 790GX Motherboard Review

Foxconn A7DA-S AMD 790GX Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The AMD Radeon HD3300 integrated graphics built into the Foxconn motherboard PCSTATS is testing in this review has plenty of power for 2D desktop activities.
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Dec 09 2008   Julian Apong  
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Blu-Ray and High Definition Content Playback Benchmarks

High Definition Content Playback - HDD

Source: AMD.com

Playing high definition content on current generation PCs can bog down even the fastest processors because there is more data to handle. To test the integrated graphics processor's capabilities at HD content accelerating capabilities, we played the High Definition video clip, "The Discoverers" at 720P and 1080i while monitoring the percentage of CPU utilization through Task Manager. Lower results are best.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportHDD 720p/1080i Video Playback (Discoverers Video Clip)
720P (Avg): Percentage Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 17
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 200/800 C2D E6600 Onboard G33 Video) 18
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 30
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard HD 3200 Video 30
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (AMD 690G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard Video) 35
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard GF 8200 video) 60
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Geforce Boost w/h GF 8500GT) 54
1080i (Avg): Percentage Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 20
ECS G33T-M2 (Intel G33 200/800 C2D E6600 Onboard G33 Video) 22
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 49
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard HD 3200 Video 53
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (AMD 690G 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Onboard Video) 49
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard GF 8200 video) 64
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF 8200 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ Geforce Boost w/h GF 8500GT) 59

Compared to the Intel DG45ID G45-based motherboard, the Foxconn A7DA-S and its AMD 790GX integrated graphics chipset handle these 720p and 1080i videos being played back from the hard drive well, but not as quickly as the two Intel platforms.


The AMD 790GX northbridge with 128MB dedicated DDR3-1333 memory and the AMD SB750 Southbridge uncovered.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportBlu-Ray High Definition Content Playback Tests

Blu-Ray High Definition content demands a lot of PC processing resources during playback, if CPU load becomes too high that can lead to jittery video quality or other artifacts. Many integrated graphics processors now feature Blu-Ray and High Definition H.264, VC1 and M-PEG2 content acceleration decoders to offload this processing from the CPU, freeing up system resources for other tasks.

The PCSTATS Blu-Ray HD content playback test scenario monitors average CPU utilization. It's simple and to the point. The motherboard's integrated graphics processor is taxed in the same way it would be in your home theatre environment, and average percent CPU utilization monitored with Windows task manager. Lower CPU utilization values are best, provided video playback remains smooth and stutter free.

How the Test is Conducted:

Each integrated graphics motherboard is connected to an ASUS MK241 wide screen 1920x1200 (1080P) resolution LCD display with an HDMI cable. The Blu-Ray movie "10,000 BC" (VC1 encrypted) is then played back from Chapter 22 on an ASUS BC-1205PT blue-ray combo drive, using WinDVD Platinum software and the average fluctuation of CPU load recorded.

(The ASUS MK241 supports HDMI-audio, so sound quality is monitored on the speakers, if motherboard is able to output HDMI-audio.)

Motherboard Core Logic IGP Blu-Ray Playback
CPU Utilization

Video Playback
Quality

Intel DG45ID (Intel G45) Intel GMA X4500HD 32% - 38% No issues
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX) AMD HD3300 14% - 24% No issues

Thanks largely to AMD's unified video decoder the Foxconn A7DA-S motherboard skirts the Blu-Ray HD content playback test with flying colours - CPU utilization hovers between 14%-24% at full 1080i playback, with no noticeable signs of video disruption.

Okay, on to the highlights of the Foxconn A7DA-S motherboard are up next!.

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Contents of Article: Foxconn A7DA-S
 Pg 1.  Foxconn A7DA-S AMD 790GX Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD 790GX Chipset - Videocard or IGP?
 Pg 3.  — Blu-Ray and High Definition Content Playback Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Highlights - Foxconn Photo Gallery
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the AMD 690G and the BIOS
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview, SuperPi
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2008, PCMark Vantage
 Pg 8.  Motherboard IGP/VGA Benchmarks: 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 9.  DX10 Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 10.  Extra performance worth the extra price?

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