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AMD Officially Launches AMD 780 Series

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AMD today announced the availability of the industry’s most advanced motherboard GPU, the AMD 780 Series, delivering a rich computing experience for casual gamers and multimedia enthusiasts as the core of quiet and energy-efficient PC designs. When paired with an AMD Phenom 9000 series quad-core processor or Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor, the AMD 780 Series delivers significant enhancements in gaming and high-definition experiences for mainstream PC customers. The AMD 780 Series motherboard GPU is scheduled to be widely available from more than 40 AMD partners at launch. Global OEMs are expected to offer AMD 780 Series-based PCs starting in Q2 2008.

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I really prefer Intel processors but this technology sounds interesting enough that I might be content with an okay performing Phenom to make use of the Hybrid graphics. I'd have to see some numbers first to see if its worth it or not though.
 

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The bigger news ofcourse is with this, AMD launches the SB 700 southbridge that comes with upto six SATA II ports to replace the aging SB 600.

The GA-MA78GM-S2H that looks like a perfect HTPC / entry-level desktop platform to build on:


and in contrast, the ASUS M3A78-EH that looks a good mid-range board to me (schematic below). So, the AMD 780G + SB 700 has a broad spectrum of applications.

 
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Yup, entry level, I'm just the type who can't stand only 1 x16 slot! I must have 3 to keep my stomach full!! :D
 
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Asus and Gigabyte matx 780g boards now available at newegg. Also, there's an ATX ECS board, although I wouldn't use an ECS board if it were free...

I've been following the discussion of the Gigabyte 780G board at avs and apparently it works very well, but has overheating problems on the northbridge. When you look at pictures of the board online, some sites have a nicer northbridge heatsink that still doesn't interfere with the pcie x1 slot, but the newegg photos have the crappy tiny heatsink. It looks like ASUS is the only one of the three on there with a decent heatsink over the northbridge, but it seems to be from my past experiences that when ASUS releases a motherboard with that ugly-ass color, enthusiasts need to stay away.

I really want the gigabyte board as it has the ALC889A codec (DTS: Connect :) ). The Asus one doesn't even list its audio support at newegg, and I can't find it at all on the Asus site...
 
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Finally, ECS sheds the pirate purple :laugh:

Nice board layout. ECS A780GM-A. Price tag of ~$70 makes it interesting.


 

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It seems worth it just for the SB700. Plus these are reasonably priced.
 

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Yes, we could see revisions of the current 790 FX / 790 X boards coming out with this new southbridge. In the ECS board above, you can see 5 SATA II ports + there's an E-SATA port.
 

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yay, go AMD :rockout: