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ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Review

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard is an AMD 785G platform built with Home Theatre PC and High Definition media applications in mind. Key to its allure are a trifecta of video outputs.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Nov 28 2009   Julian Apong  
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Worthy Motherboard for the AMD 785G

ASUS' M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard is a worthy implementation of the AMD 785G chipset, which in turn is a refinement of the original AMD 780G chipset, a long-time favorite around the PCSTATS offices. The AMD 785G chipset introduces the Radeon HD 4200 IGP which is DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 compatible. This means it's compatible with pretty much every game on the market, as well as being able to run all of the cool new graphics features in Microsoft Windows 7. It also improves hardware acceleration of desktop applications through ATI Stream and better compatibility for Unified Video Decoder 2.0.

We found that the performance of the Radeon HD 4200 IGP hasn't improved noticeably compared to that of the Radeon HD 3200 IGP, so today's 3D games still aren't playable over IGP graphics. If you are interested in gaming, do yourself a favour and pick up a mainstream videocard.

The real strength of the Radeon HD 4200 comes from better support for hardware-accelerated HD video decoding and improvements to ATI Stream, which lets the IGP do desktop processing for certain graphically intensive applications, like Adobe Acrobat reader. The ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO has a solid feature set that's on par with Intel and NVIDIA's mainstream motherboards, and beats out pretty much anything else in its class.

The ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO is Socket AM3, DDR3-exclusive motherboard. Thanks to its dual PCI Express x16 slots (x16/x4 bandwidth), and mixture of PCI Express x1 and legacy PCI slots, there's lots of room for expansion. The M4A785TD-V EVO also has support for 16GB of DDR3 memory (at speeds of 1066/1333, 1600/1800(OC)), and five SATA II ports in RAID 0/1/0+1 and JBOD modes.

All of this room for growth makes the M4A785TD-V EVO is suitable for an economy-minded home PC, or in an office environment where maximizing value-for-money is important. It's also easy to add in a mainstream videocard (like the Geforce GTS 250 used in this review) for some decent gaming performance.

Overclocking the IGP comes coare of ASUS NOS, and in these tests PCSTATS was easily able to boost clock speeds from the default 500MHz clock to 775MHz. This had a positive impact on IGP performance in 3DMark06, but given the limitiation of IGP-based gaming it doesn't translate into a revelation of 3D gaming performance. Still, it's nice to see ASUS empower its users with a broad set of overclocking tools for those that demand them.

The ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO motherboards and the AMD 785 chipset aren't revolutionary new products that will change the way you compute (although with ATI Stream they're definitely getting close...), but they are notable for bringing high-end features to much lower price points than you'd expect. The AMD 785G chipset is head and shoulders above Intel's G41 chipset, which competes at the same $95 CDN, ($90 USD, £55 GBP) price point. If you're looking for a cost-effective way to get a full-featured motherboard with a lot of potential for upgrades thanks to DDR3 and Socket AM3 compatibility, the ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO is a good bet.

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Contents of Article: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO
 Pg 1.  ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD 785G and Stream GPU Acceleration
 Pg 3.  ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  High-Definition Content playback and ATI Stream testing
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Motherboard and IGP, BIOS Screenshots
 Pg 6.  Power Draw Tests, Test System Specs
 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.  — Worthy Motherboard for the AMD 785G

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