AMD has established a fresh chipset – the AMD 780G – to coincide with the freed of its fresh low-power central processing units, and Gigabyte has insert it to good utilize on its GA-MA78GM-SiiH motherboard. It is an all-in-one board – meaning it too has incorporates graphics – and its little micro-ATX form elements creates it the exact foundation for a home theatre-based Computer. But, can it be utilized for more?
On the surface, GBs board is primarily hoped at users who need to construct a media center Computer; it comes skilled with HDMI and DVI slots and its AMii+ CPU socket will functions AM2-founded Athlon 64 Xii CPUs, as good as AM2+ founded Phenom central processing units. The AMD 780G chip set has sufficient graphics power to drive a 1920x1080 video stream by its HDMI port, so it is a neat result for a media center that will be linked to a high-definition TV. You can still utilize the CPU board graphics chip to function 2 monitors off its D-Sub and DVI slots. However, when the board has together DVI and HDMI slots, just one of those can be utilized at a time.
With 10 Universal Serial Bus 2.0 slots, a FireWire slot and an e-SATA port, the board is completely stocked with fresh connectivity, now it too adds PS/2 ports and 2 PCI slots for former peripherals and add-in cards. Lot of memory can be included by the board's four DDR2 slots, and there is too a PCI Express x16 slot for a graphics board.
The graphics port will arrive in handy should you need to construct a media center capable of functioning games at high resolutions, but the incorporated graphics chip itself is adept at playing many former games smoothly at a resolution of 800x600 and less visual improvements such as anti aliasing turned on. The incorporate graphics chip is named the Radeon HD 3200; it is a DirectX 10-founded chip with 40 stream processors and a clock velocity of 500MHz, but it relies on shared system memory rather of a dedicated frame buffer. In essence, it is so same to the ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics board, except that it is a small slower and does not have its own memory.
But the most interesting characteristic of the incorporated graphics chip is its 'hybrid' mode, which will just function below Windows Vista. same to CrossFire (in fact, to enable 'hybrid' mode you must enable CrossFire), the incorporate graphics chip can contribute to the graphics processing load still if a dedicated graphics board is set up. Unlike previous implementations of integrated graphics, where you could utilize either integrated or discrete graphics answer, the 780G implementation permits you to utilize together in a bid to develop your graphics function.
There is a caution. If you already have a mid- to high-end graphics board, then 'hybrid' mode would not function. But coupled a Radeon HD 3450, this CPU board can be utilized to construct the ultimate budget gaming system. Sure, you would not acquire excellent function, but for the cost of a mid-range graphics board, you can acquire this CPU board as good as a low-end graphics board for much less!