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ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Review
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G Chipset Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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   J. Apong  
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Power Draw Tests, Test System Specs

Measuring Energy Efficiency

Energy efficient computers are a good thing, so it helps to know how power efficient, or power hungry different parts of a computer are when stressed with different tasks. Since it is very difficult to isolate a videocard or CPU and measure power draw separately, PCSTATS measures total system power draw with the aid of an Extech 380803 AC Power Analyzer and A-PFC compliant PC Power and Cooling 750W power supply. The meter is placed between the 120V AC outlet and the PC power supply.

By stressing the test platform's graphics solution or processor, it's then possible to measure power draw relative to the PC at an idle state.

The test system is measured at Idle (Windows desktop), Graphics Loaded (3Dmark06) and CPU Loaded (Prime 95) states.

Total System Power Draw

Graphics Solution

Idle Graphics Loaded CPU Loaded

AMD HD 4200
(Integrated Graphics)




nVidia Geforce GTS250
(Discrete Graphics)

145W 201W 246W
(At desktop) (via 3Dmark 06) (via Prime95)

AMD's Radeon HD 4200 IGP still has a fairly small TDP, so when running in integrated graphics with a low-wattage AMD CPU the entire PC doesn't have much trouble keeping under 100W. The ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO draws a bit more power than the MSI 785GM-E65 at idle, although not enough to make a huge impact on your electricity bill.

Prelude to Testing

The details of how the ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO 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 785G 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 X3 720 BE (AM3)

AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775)
Clock Speed: 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz 8 x 333 = 2.66GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G)
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G)
MSI 785GM-E65* (AMD 785G)
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo* (AMD 785G)
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)

Intel DG45ID (Intel G45)
ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45)



Memory: 2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9 (DDR3)
2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC32G1600LLK

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF

Hard Drive:

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740


ASUS BC-1205PT-BD Blu-Ray Drive

Monitor (1080p):



PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W


AMD socket AM2 Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
ATi Catalyst 9.4
ATI Catalyst 8.634 BETA*
nVIDIA Forceware 185.85

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
ATi Catalyst 9.1
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25


SYSMark 2007 Preview
SiSoft Sandra 2009
PCMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage
Call of Juarez

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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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