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Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H AMD A75 Socket FM1 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H AMD A75 Socket FM1 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Gigabyte's GA-A75M-UD2H is an entry level motherboard with onboard graphics, excellent connectivity and a rather appealing low total system price tag.
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System Power Draw and Final Conclusions

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

CPU Loaded

GFX Loaded

AMD A8-3850
nVidia Geforce GTX470

82W 236W 193W

AMD A8-3850
Radeon HD 6550D IGP

32W 145W 94W

(Idel @ desktop)

(via Prime95)

(via 3DM06)

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.

With this 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 GA-A75M-UD2H 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 ease.

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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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H AMD A75 Socket FM1 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD Fusion Platform - AMD A75 Chipset
 Pg 3.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
 Pg 4.  Overclocking, BIOS, Test Specs
 Pg 5.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 7.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 8.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  IGP vs. IGP DX11 Gaming: 3DMark 11, Stalker, Heaven 2.0
 Pg 12.  IGP vs. IGP Synthetic Gaming: 3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  IGP vs. IGP Synthetic Gaming: Call of Juarez, Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 14.  IGP vs IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 15.  — System Power Draw and Final Conclusions

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