Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

We matched some of our recent AM3 and AM2+ boards against the A785GM-M to determine which AMD chipset will come out on top. The A785GM-M was up against a Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P, Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P, ECS A790GXM-AD3 and an ASUS M3A78 AM2+. This should show us the entire spectrum in performance differences between 785G, 790FX, 790GX, and 770 chipsets.

 

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CPU-Z and ATI Cataylst screenshots

 

Test System Setup

CPU

AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 2.8 GHz

Motherboard

ECS A785GM-M 
Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
ECS A790GXM-AD3
ASUS M3A78 AM2+

Memory 

OCZ 2 x 2GB DDR3-1600

Hard Drive

Western Digital 160GB SATA 3GB/s 

Sound Card

Onboard sound

Video Card

ATI Radeon HD 4200 Integrated Graphics
ATI Radeon HD 3300 Integrated Graphics
EVGA 9800GTX+ 512MB Superclocked

Video Drivers

NVIDIA: 190.38
AMD: Catalyst 9.8
Power Supply PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750w 

DirectX Version

DX10 / DX9c

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

 


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Our 64-bit test bench for AMD AM3 processors includes 4GBs of RAM, a GeForce 9800GTX+ graphics card or onboard video (if available), and a Western Digital 160GB SATA hard drive for storage. This configuration is based off a typical mid-range computer system.

Benchmarks used:

  • SiSoft Sandra 2009 SP1
  • CineBench 10
  • Handbrake DVD compression
  • 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • PCMark Vantage
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