Question of CostFor this test I use the Gigabyte GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H, which is a very robust micro-ATX board with 4+1 phase power, not to mention all the Ultra Durable 3 features (solid caps, 2 oz. copper, low RDS mosfets). The board uses the above mentioned 785G chipset, which features the Radeon HD 4200 graphics portion. It is a $95 part, but it throws essentially the kitchen sink at the user in terms of available features.
Power counts. Again, other motherboard guys kit out their G41 boards a bit more than what Intel does here.
The Intel side uses the DG41TY desktop board, which features the G41 chipset. This is a budget minded board at $67, and it is very basic in what it offers. No E-SATA, no Firewire, no 7.1 channel audio, and is rather mundane in the quality of power components used around the board.
Each solution uses either 4 GB of DDR-3 1333 or 4 GB DDR-2 1066 memory. The AMD part uses the DDR-3, while Intel sticks with the less expensive DDR-2.
When all products are totaled up (motherboard, memory, and processor), the Athlon II X4 620 setup comes in at $294, the Athlon II X4 630 at $317, and the Core 2 E8500 at $327.
Athlon II X4 620 and 630
Intel Core 2 E8500
Intel DG41TY Desktop Motherboard
OCZ Platinum DDR-3 1600 2 x 2 GB @ 22.214.171.124 timings running at DDR-3 1333 speeds
G-Skill Pi DDR-2 1066 2 x 2 GB @ 126.96.36.199 timings running at DDR-2 800 speeds
Corsair TX750 Power Supply
Seagate 7200.11 1 TB Hard Drive
Lite-On DVD-R/RW Drive
Catalyst 9.9 Drivers
Intel Integrated Drivers Rev. 15154
The Athlon II X4, sweating for all it is worth on the test bench.
The desktop resolution is set at 1920 x 1200, which is the maximum resolution of the G41 motherboard. The 785G officially supports up to 2560×1600, but this particular board caused graphics corruption at that resolution. CnQ and Speedstep are enabled throughout testing to reflect what is likely to be the most common usage.