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ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 785G+SB710 Mainboard Review - Introduction
Bluetooth 26 Jul 2009

Introduction

Last year, AMD stormed the market with it's AMD 780G chipset which was well received by many enthusiasts. This July, AMD launch it's brand new chipset the AMD 785G.

As it's name implies, it is an upgraded chipset of 780G. (previously it was known to be RS880). This new integrated core is named ATI Radeon HD 4200.

This new chipset has some added on features and they include DX10.1 and UVD 2.0 support, Hardware Picture in Picture, Dynamic Contrast, high Quality Video Scaling, Accelerated Transcode and Effficient PowerPlay.

The ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO is the first full ATX board we review here at OCWORKBENCH. This board features the AMD 785G+SB710 chipset and support the Phenom II/ Athlon II/ Sempron 100 series processors. Instead of pairing the system with DDR2, the ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO comes with 4 x 240 pin DDR dimm slots and it supports up to 16GB of unbuffered and non-ECC DDR3-1800 (OC) / 1600 (OC)/1333/1066 memory.

If you are tight on budget, you can still use the on board graphics to tide you over. In fact, it can power some of the 3D games but at  a lower resolution. If you feel that the power is not enough, pair up the iGPU with a supported graphics card and you get Hybrid CrossFire. If you are into 3D gaming and require faster graphics solution. Throw in a single graphics card or run two in CrossFire X for better performance. ( [email protected] x16 mode, [email protected] x4 mode).

For peripheral connections, the south bridge on this board supports 1 IDE channel and 5 + 1 (esata) SATA II ports for RAID 1, RAID 01, JBOD. There is a GbE using RTL8112L featuring AINET2 too. For multimedia users, there is VT1708S audio codec, 12 USB (6 on midboard +6 at back panel) and  2 1394 ports on board.

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO is not just another AMD 785G board. ASUS has engineered it to be one of the best boards available. Firstly, if you look at the PCB, you would notice the word 2oz copper PCB. Looks like ASUS has followed Gigabyte's footstep in lowering the temperature of the board. On top of that, it has 8+2 phase power degisn, EPU, Express Gate, Q-Fan, CrashFree BIOS3, Mylogo2, ezflash 2. For overclockers, there is Turbo V utility which you can tune the voltages and clks within Windows. There is GPU NOS for auto overclocking your GPU, turbo key for one key overclocking. There are also large ranges of voltage and clock adjustments in the BIOS.

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