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Gigabyte AMD Motherboard Roundup Review

ajmatson    -   September 16, 2009
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Conclusion:

All in all, the boards performed very well. None were absolutely a shocker when it came to overclocking or blowing away one another, but they are designed to provide decent power at a minimal price and that is exactly what they do. Priced $90 - $124 depending on the model you choose, you will have a solid platform for your computing needs. The MA785GMT-UD2H uses a mATX form factor, which is great for HTPC and cases that have limited space. With the integrated video, it would also serve great as a base for a gaming server that you have always wanted to build. The only drawback that I have with the majority of the boards, with the exception of the 790X board, is that the SATA ports become blocked or partially blocked when using large video cards. It would be nice to have all the boards using the 90 degree SATA ports like the 790X board has to eliminate the issue. Other than that small quirk, these are rock solid motherboards that have a lot to offer the user, without breaking the bank. If you are in the market for a mid range board without all the frills of the higher end ones, then the Gigabyte lineup would be a big asset to your systems.

 

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Integrated graphics in some models
  • Dual PCI Express X16 slots in some models
  • All boards performed well

 

Cons:

  • MA785GMT-UD2H has the SATA ports blocked when a large video card is added
  • All boards could have benefited from 90 degree SATA ports

 

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  1. Introduction & Closer Look (MA790XT-UD4P)
  2. Closer Look (MA770T-UD3P)
  3. Closer Look (MA785GMT-UD2H)
  4. Closer Look (MA785G-UD3H)
  5. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  6. Closer Look: The BIOS
  7. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  8. Specifications & Features
  9. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  10. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  11. Testing: Excel 2007, PCMark Vantage
  12. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  13. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  14. Testing: Far Cry 2
  15. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  16. Testing: BioShock
  17. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  18. Testing: Dead Space
  19. Testing: Fallout 3
  20. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  21. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  22. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  23. Conclusion
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