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Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AMD 790FX Socket AM3 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AMD 790FX Socket AM3 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Gigabyte's GA-MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard is based on the AMD 790FX and SB750 chipsets and offers up much in the way of dual videocard gaming and generally fast socket AM3 AMD processor support.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte May 22 2009   Julian Apong  
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Test System Specs / Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007, Sandra 2009

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this AMD 790FX / SB750 based motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (AM3) AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (AM3) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)
Clock Speed:

16 x 200MHz = 3.2GHz

14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-Ma790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX)

ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX / AM3)
ASUS
M3A78-T (AMD 790GX / AM2+)

ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G)
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (Geforce 8200)
Foxconn A690GM2MA (AMD 690G)
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX)
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a)

Videocard:

ASUS ENGTS250 DK

MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC

Memory: 2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9 (DDR3)
2x 1GB Patriot PDC32G1600LLK (DDR3)
2x 1GB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 (DDR2)

2x 1GB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 (DDR2)

Hard Drive:

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740

CDROM:

ASUS BC-1205PT-BD Blu-Ray Drive

Monitor (1080p):

ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD

Power Supply:

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W

Heatsink:

AMD K8 Reference Heatsink

Test System Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Catalyst 9.4
Forceware 182.08

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
ATi Catalyst 9.1
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2007
SiSoft Sandra 2009
PCMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage
3DMark06
FEAR

SYSmark2007 Preview 1.05 Source: Bapco

SYSmark 2007 Preview is an application-based benchmark that reflects usage patterns of business users in the areas of Video creation, E-learning, 3D Modeling and Office Productivity. This new release includes a robust and refreshed set of applications. The new release also incorporates numerous new features and enhancements such as an improved GUI allowing streamlined start-up and run along with a heads-up-display (HUD) and automated error reporting.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSYSMark 2007 1.04
Overall: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 144
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 135
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 138
Foxconn A7DA-S (790GX 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 99
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 91
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800TS) 100
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 95
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF8200 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 103
E-Learning: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 155
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 147
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 144
Foxconn A7DA-S (790GX 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 97
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 95
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800TS) 96
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 90
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF8200 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 94
Videocreation: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 113
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 106
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 128
Foxconn A7DA-S (790GX 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 107
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 102
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800TS) 98
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 101
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF8200 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 106
Productivity: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 141
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 138
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 132
Foxconn A7DA-S (790GX 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 90
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 88
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800TS) 117
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 86
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF8200 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 107
3D: Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 175
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 151
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 152
Foxconn A7DA-S (790GX 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 105
ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 102
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (AMD 690G 200/800 GF 8800TS) 106
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a 200/800 AM2 X2 5000+ GF 8800GTS 320MB) 103
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (GF8200 200/800 GF 8800GTS) 106

It's difficult to get any sort of comparison between the motherboards out of this test, since the Phenom II X4 955 was used in place of the Phenom II X3 720 and the Athlon X2 5000+. The Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard naturally comes out ahead.

SiSoft Sandra 2009 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSiSoft Sandra 2009 ver 15.72
Processor Arithmetic Dhrystone ALU: (GIPS) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 43.7
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 28.59
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 28.64
Processor Arithmetic Whetstone iSSE3: (Gflops) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 42.17
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 27.7
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 27.64
Processor Multi-Media Int x8 iSSE3: (Mpixels/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 125.63
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 81.93
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 81.85
Processor Multi-Media Float x4 iSSE2: (Mpixels/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 55
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 36.1
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 36.04
Processor Multi-Media Float x2 iSSE2: (Mpixels/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 29.99
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 19.75
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 19.68
Multicore Efficiency Bandwidth: (GB/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 4.95
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 3.75
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 3.67
Multicore Efficiency Latency: (ns) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 89
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 96
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 83
Memory Bandwidth Int iSSE2: (GB/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 12.18
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 11.38
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 11.38
Memory Bandwidth Float iSSE2: (GB/s) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 12.17
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 11.38
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 11.41
Memory Latency (Random): (ns) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 83
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 85
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 82
Memory Latency (Linear): (ns) Points Ranking
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X4 955 GF GTS250) 15
ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 14
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX 200/1066 AM3 Phenom II X3 720 GF 8800GTS) 14

Ditto for the SiSoft Sandra tests - the Phenom II 955 trounces the Phenom II 720. The memory test is also handled by the CPU's memory controller, so the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard isn't doing a whole lot in this benchmark.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AMD 790FX Socket AM3 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the AMD 790FX and the BIOS
 Pg 4.  — Test System Specs / Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007, Sandra 2009
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 7.  Total System Power Draw and Conclusions

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