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ASUS M3A78-T AMD 790GX Socket AM2+ Motherboard Review

ASUS M3A78-T AMD 790GX Socket AM2+ Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The on-board Radeon HD 3300 VGA powers the HDMI port that's located on the I/O panel of the ASUS M3A78-T motherboard, along with Analog-VGA and DVI display outputs. The HDMI port can output High Definition content at 1080p.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Feb 26 2009   Julian Apong  
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Total System Power Draw Comparisons

Here's how the ASUS M3A78-T motherboard stacks up in real life against a couple different motherboards. We have no way of directly measuring motherboard power draw, so PCSTATS measures total system power draw and compares that in CPU-loaded (max value recorded in Prime95) and idle states (at Windows Vista desktop).

An Extech 380803 AC Power Analyzer and A-PFC compliant PC Power and Cooling 750W power supply were used for these tests.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSystem Power Draw Tests: (PCPower 750W PSU)
Desktop Idle (W) Watts Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 Onboard) 68
ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 131
ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45 Onboard) 72
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX GF 8800GTS 320MB) 155
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX onboard HD 3300) 91
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX GF 8800GTS 320MB) 131
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX onboard HD 3300) 61
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a GF 8800GTS 320MB) 110
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a onboard nF 750a) 45.4
Prime95 Stressed (W) Watts Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 Onboard G45 ) 121
ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 224
ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45 Onboard G45 ) 122
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX GF 8800GTS 320MB) 214
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX onboard HD 3300) 153
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX GF 8800GTS 320MB) 192
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX onboard HD 3300) 121
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a GF 8800GTS 320MB) 187
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a onboard nF 750a) 127
3DM06 IGP Stressed (W): Watts Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 Onboard G45 ) 115
ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45 F 8800GTS 320MB) 182
ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45 nboard G45 ) 119
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX F 8800GTS 320MB) 238
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX nboard HD 3300 video) 144
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX GF 8800GTS 320MB) 223
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX onboard HD 3300) 124
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a GF 8800GTS 320MB) 226
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a onboard nF 750a) 118

As expected, power consumption numbers are up across the board, and can be attributed to having a higher-clocked processor with an extra core sitting in the ASUS M3A78-T's CPU socket. Since this is the first time PCSTATS has used the Phenom II 720 processor in a review it's not possible to get a fair assessment on the M3A78-T's power performance relative to other motherboards.

Let's take a closer look at the ASUS M3A78-T's layout and special features, click the next page for close-ups.

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Contents of Article: ASUS M3A78-T
 Pg 1.  ASUS M3A78-T AMD 790GX Socket AM2+ Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Testing 1080P HD Video Playback
 Pg 3.  — Total System Power Draw Comparisons
 Pg 4.  ASUS M3A78-T Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 5.  AMD 790GX Chipset - Videocard or IGP?
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the AMD 790GX and the BIOS
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007, Sandra 2009
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 11.  DX10 Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 12.  ASUS M3A78-T - Everything to Everyone?

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