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MSI 785GM-E65 Motherboard and AMD 785G Chipset Review

MSI 785GM-E65 Motherboard and AMD 785G Chipset Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: MSI's 785GM-E65 motherboard is built around the AMD 785G and SB710 chipsets, and features 128MB integrated DDR3 SidePort memory. MSI has adapted the AMD 785G chipset into a micro-ATX form factor, an ideal size for small home and office computers, and best of all Home Theatre PCs.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Aug 13 2009   Julian Apong  
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MSI 785GM-E65 Motherboard Highlights

Let's start off by taking a quick look around MSI's 785GM-E65 motherboard.


From left to right: PCI Express x1 slot, PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot with x16 bandwidth, and a pair of 32-bit PCI slots. Along the bottom edge of the 785GM-E65 board are audio, COM and EEE1394a firewire headers. The red DIP switch is for overclocking the bus speed 10%-20%.


In the lower left corner we find the AMD SB710 southbridge behind a small passive heatsink. The MSI 785GM-E65 motherboard has five 3Gb/s SATA II ports which can run in RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and JBOD modes. There are three USB headers (that can be split into six USB 2.0 connections), IDE, and the front panel I/O header.


MSI's 785GM-E65 board supports up to 16GB of DDR3 800/1066/1333MHz memory in four DIMMs. Along the bottom edge of the board is the ATX 24-pin power connector, IDE and floppy connectors and a printer port header.


Socket AM3 is compatible with Phenom II and Athlon II processors. While those processors are backwards compatible with socket AM2+/AM2, AM2 processors are not pin-compatible with socket AM3. Next the CPU socket are solid state capacitors, low RDS chokes and power MOSFETs under a passive heatsink. The MSI 785GM-E65 has a 4-phase power supply, indicated by the cluster of LEDs at the bottom right of this photo.


AMD's 785G chipset is power efficient enough it can be cooled with a small passive aluminum heatsink under normal desktop work loads. The 785G incorporates an integrated Radeon HD 4200 GPU and 128MB of DDR3-1333 SidePort memory. It can also share upto 512MB of system memory, if needed. The GPU will cause the heatsink temperature to rise significantly after a few rounds of intensive 3D gaming, so it's worthwhile having airflow go over this heatsink.

The AMD 785G chipset that powers the MSI 785GM-E65 is a brand new design from one of the biggest microprocessor manufacturers. Let's take a look at just how well it performs...

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Contents of Article: MSI 785GM-E65
 Pg 1.  MSI 785GM-E65 Motherboard and AMD 785G Chipset Review
 Pg 2.  ATI Stream and HD Acceleration
 Pg 3.  High-Definition Content Playback Tests
 Pg 4.  — MSI 785GM-E65 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Motherboard and IGP, BIOS screenshots
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Test System Specs & SYSmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 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.  Conclusions: AMD 785G - the next IGP Evolution?

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