PCSTATS measures total system power draw (watts) with the aid of an
Extech 380803 AC Power Analyzer and A-PFC compliant
Seasonic SS-760KM power
supply. The meter is placed between the
120V AC outlet and the PC power supply and the computer stressed. Total system
power draw is recorded and compared to the PC's idle state.
|Total System Power Draw|
nVidia Geforce GTX470
Radeon HD 6550D IGP
(Idel @ desktop)
Gigabyte's GA-A75M-UD2H requires very little power while
operating with the AMD A8-3850's integrated Radeon HD 6550D graphics core. At idle,
the system sips a little as 32W! Under CPU-load conditions this figure
jumps to a not unreasonable 145W. With the IGP stressed by 3DMark
the total power consumption is a modest 94W. Adding a Geforce
GTX470 videocard into the mix introduces a significant power overhead, pushing
total system power draw up across the board.
generation motherboard, the VRM is built around 'Driver MOSFETs' which combine the functions
of a driver, high MOSFET and low MOSFET into one component. This
integrated circuit improves power efficiency, reduces heat and has a smaller
footprint than previous circuit designs. Flanking the CPU socket are Japanese
made all solid-state capacitors and ferrite choke cores. This board is also built on a 2oz.
copper substrate that pulls double duty as a board level heatsink for surface
mount devices like the driver MOSFET.
Time to wrap this review up!
A Well Built, Well Equipped Entry Level Motherboard
Is this AMD
A75 motherboard worth getting? Well, if we compare the Gigabyte
explicitly against the other AMD A75 boards
PCSTATS has tested, the answer is a resounding 'yes'!
The Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H offers up the ideal mix
of features, affordability and reliable build quality for the average computer user on a tight
budget. The AMD A75 platform also proves itself well suited to media-center or HTPC
tasks; making it very simple to output movies via HDMI cable to an HDTV. The Radeon HD
6550D IGP at the heart of the AMD A8-3850 CPU supports light DX11
gaming at modest resolutions, HDMI 1.3 output and typical media playback with
Where bog-standard office computers and family PCs used
for email, web surfing and Office are considered, the Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H's
modest level of integration is probably going to be fine. Given that the
GA-A75M-UD2H retails for about $100 CDN ($100 USD, £55 GBP), it just goes to
show how economical the AMD A75 platform can be.
As the benchmarks have demonstrated however, while the
AMD A75 platform is adequately suited to basic office applications like email,
Office and web surfing, the Fusion A8 processors are not intended to be the
brains behind killer gaming rigs or pixel bending performance PCs. In fact,
performance computer users and gamers ought to focus their attention
on AMD 990FX & Bulldozer/Phenom II CPU platforms, or
Intel Z77/Z79 based motherboards with Core i5/i7 processors.
Considered on its own merits within the entry-level PC
class however, the Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H is a great budget-minded motherboard.
It comes packed with current connectivity features like SATA III and USB 3.0
that ensure a good degree of future proofing. There are caveats to consider of
course, the AMD A8-3850 CPU is underpowered compared to
AMD's Phenom II and Bulldozer processors, as you've
seen in the benchmarks. Yet on the whole, the Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H is a
good foundation for a cost-effective, entry level AMD Fusion computer system.
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