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Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: The Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H motherboard mixes things up a little and nicely illustrates the flexibility of AMD's Phenom II and Athlon II processors - DDR3 and DDR2 memory compatibility.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Sep 03 2009   Julian Apong  
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DX10 Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis

Call of Juarez

Source: Techland

While Call of Juarez pulls off all the classic FPS mechanisms with aplomb, it also features interesting variations that give it the air and feel of a true Western movie. The player has the genuine impression of being a pistol-packing hero in an age when armed confrontation was the daily grind for many adventurers. The Developers have incorporated a classic shooting system as well as two extra game modes.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCall of Juarez - DirectX10
1024x768 Low Settings: Points Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 34.9
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 5.8
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 33.9
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 6.5
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 31
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 onboard HD 3300 video) 25.4
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 29.7
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 onboard HD 3300 video) 15.6
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 28.9
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 13.2
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 86.3
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 11.8
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 85.9
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 11.7
MSI 785GM-E65 (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 86.4
MSI 785GM-E65 (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 12.3
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 86.2
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 12.5
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 28.4
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 7.7
1600x1200 High Settings: Points Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 7.7
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 2.2
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 8.2
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 2.4
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9.3
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 onboard HD 3300 video) 3.1
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9.9
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 onboard HD 3300 video) 3.1
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 9.7
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 2.3
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 25.6
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 2.4
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 25.1
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 2.3
MSI 785GM-E65 (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 25.9
MSI 785GM-E65 (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 2.6
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 25.7
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 2.4
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 7.1
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 1.4

All of the AMD 785G chipset motherboards have difficulty keeping up with Call of Juarez, even at low-details. You really need a discrete graphics card in order to run this game.

Crysis 1.2

Source: Electronic Arts

Crysis is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Crytek. Crysis uses Microsoft's new API, DirectX 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the new engine—the CryEngine 2—that is the successor to Far Cry's CryEngine. CryEngine 2 is among the first engines to use the DirectX 10 framework of Windows Vista, but can also run using DirectX 9, both on Vista and Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis 1.2 (no AA) - DirectX10
1024x768 LQ Points Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 69.7
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 6.81
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 23.32
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 3.5
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 22.66
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 onboard HD 3300 video) 24.95
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 23.77
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 onboard HD 3300 video) 24.94
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 49.77
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 24.96
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 45.44
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 3.79
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 44.93
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 3.77
MSI 785GM-E65 (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 45.18
MSI 785GM-E65 (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 3.56
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 45.36
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 3.39
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 21.41
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 3.4
1600x1200 HQ Points Ranking
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 14.91
Intel DG45ID (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 1.68
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 12.92
Asus P5Q-EM (Intel G45 200/800 C2D E6750 Onboard G45 ) 2.8
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 13.14
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 onboard HD 3300 video) 3.58
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS 320MB) 11.81
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 onboard HD 3300 video) 3.6
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 11.84
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard HD 3300 video) 3.21
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 37.3
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 2.72
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 36.4
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 2.71
MSI 785GM-E65 (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 37.32
MSI 785GM-E65 (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 2.74
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE GTS 250) 37.37
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G 200/1066 AM3 Phenom X4 955BE IGP HD 4200) 2.16
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 12.64
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ onboard nF 750a video) 1.66

Crysis is still a powerhouse when it comes to graphics, and when paired up with the Geforce GTS 250 the Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H does a good job of keeping pace. The Radeon HD 4200, if it isn't obvious, finds itself overwhelmed by the demands of Crysis.

It's time for some final thoughts on the Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H motherboard! AMD 785G and DDR2 worthwhile?

Gigabyte's GA-MA785G-UD3H is a versatile motherboard for 1-2 year old AMD PCs in need of a quick upgrade.

New PC builders with dreams of a Phenom II or even Athlon II would be better served by an AMD 785G platform and DDR3 memory. With support for AMD Sempron, Athlon and Phenom processors in socket AM2/AM2+ flavours, the Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H allows migration to a great integrated chipset with your existing collection of dual channel DDR2 memory... It's just that there's no point in buying into DDR2 modules now if you're building a budget PC or HTPC from scratch.

Care of the ATI Radeon HD 4200 come display outputs in Analog, DVI and HDMI formats on the GA-MA785G-UD3H motherboard. Monitors, LCD displays and even big screen HD TVs will connect to this board with ease. Best of all, AMD 785G's integrated Radeon HD 4200 makes watching High Definition content on the computer a smoother process even if a lowly Athlon II CPU is used.

In PCSTATS tests the Radeon HD 4200 IGP barely handled FPS 3D gaming by itself, but excelled against regular desktop work, HD playback from the hard drive and Blu-ray playback. If you need a PC for 3D gaming, install a PCI Express x16 videocard such as the Radeon HD 4770. That model isn't too costly, and the benefits are dramatic compared to gaming on an integrated graphics processor. Hybrid Crossfire's impact on 3D gaming is underwhelming, so PCSTATS doesn't recommend that path. However, CrossfireX works wonderfully with two decent videocards.

Looking over the benchmarks I think it's worth pointing out that the IGP performance difference between AMD 785G motherboards with 128MB of sideport memory and those without is minimal, but not insignificant.

It was only in certain synthetic benchmarks that the lack of sideport memory, and to some extent the greater memory bandwidth of the sideport equipped DDR3-based platforms, produced real advantages for the DDR3-AMD 785G motherboards. As I said before, for 1-2 year old AMD PCs in need of a quick upgrade the GA-MA785G-UD3H motherboard is a fine option for less than $100. If you're building an AMD 785G based PC from scratch, stick to DDR3 memory and a socket AM3 processor.

Overclocking results were interesting, the bus speed rose to a modest 265MHz and the Radeon HD 4200 overclocked by a hefty 275MHz above stock. The impact of IGP overclocking is modest, but based on PCSTATS tests the extra heat may lead to system instability. The passive northbridge heatsink Gigabyte are using with the AMD785G is fine for stock speeds, but most definitely needs airflow if you have plans for IGP overclocking.

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The bottom line is that the Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H motherboard is a cost-effective AMD 785G platform, in particular for existing PCs powered by a socket AM2 AMD processor. If your current AMD chip is socket AM2, you should consider a board like Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H as a quick way to extend your initial PC investment a little further.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  Introducing the AMD 785G / Radeon HD 4200 chipset
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Motherboard and IGP, BIOS screenshots
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 & Test System Specs
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 8.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 10.  — DX10 Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis

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