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Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H AMD A75 Socket FM1 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H AMD A75 Socket FM1 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: First and foremost, the Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H motherboard features extensive onboard graphics ports, excellent connectivity and of course, DX11 integrated graphics capabilities.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jun 29 2012   Max Page  
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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

112W 193W 270W

AMD A8-3850
Radeon HD 6550D IGP

38W 159W 133W

(Idel @ desktop)

(via Prime95)

(via 3DM06)

Gigabyte's GA-A75-UD4H 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 38W! Under CPU-load conditions this figure jumps to 159W. With the IGP stressed by 3DMark the total power consumption is a modest 133W. Adding a Geforce GTX470 videocard into the mix introduces a significant power overhead, pushing total system power draw up across the board.

A Flagship Entry Level Motherboard?

If PCSTATS compares the Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H only against the other AMD A75 boards we've tested, there's a lot to like... particularly if you have a need for many USB 3.0 devices. If not, the microATX Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H motherboard is $30 cheaper and a better buy given the performance restrictions inherent with an AMD Fusion CPU.

In any case, the Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H offers up strong mix of features the typical computer user will need. The AMD A75 platform proves itself well suited to media-center and HTPC tasks; making it very simple to output movies via HDMI cable to an HDTV for example. 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.

Since there is no support for Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire, this motherboard is best used in standard office computers or family PCs where budgets are limited and applications aren't too intensive (ie. email, web surfing, Word, Photoshop, etc.). Given that the GA-A75-UD4H retails for about $130 CDN ($130 USD, £55 GBP), it just goes to show you how economical an AMD A75 platform can be.

In the motherboard and IGP benchmarks PCSTATS has shown you what to expect from the AMD A75 platform and the Radeon HD 6550D integrated graphics core. As you've seen, it's adequate but anemic. Considered within the class of entry-level motherboards the Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H is a very well equipped motherboard. It comes packed with plenty of connectivity and a strong focus on build quality. If you really need all that USB 3.0, go for it! If not, save a few dollars and look towards the Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H motherboard instead.


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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H AMD A75 Socket FM1 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD Fusion Platform - AMD A75 Chipset
 Pg 3.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H
 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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