Asus M4A785TD-V EVO 785G ATX Preview

Introduction

Introduction
 
ASUS LogoIt’s been just over a year since AMD started clawing back at Intel in the entry level to lower midrange segments with it’s 780G integrated graphics platform. During the beginning of this time period, AMD was still relying on ageing Athlon 64 X2 processors to stay in the game and it was this chipset that bought AMD a considerable amount of time by offering affordable motherboard solutions with integrated graphics that run circles around Intel’s G31/33/35 resulting in a comparably priced computer that was faster overall. It was also said that all 780G motherboards would support future 45nm processors, which they did leaving customers with a solid budget performer that had the scope to be transformed into a high end system. It certainly wasn’t lacking in other departments with 5.1 channel sound over HDMI, RAID and the ability to implement plenty of SATA II and USB ports. Even today, the motherboards based on the 780G/SB700 are popular choices but of course there’s always scope for improvement – and cue the AMD 785G. Like the AMD 780G, motherboards based on this chipset will appear in different shapes and sizes and with different features. Today we’ll be putting a performance orientated version of the platform through it’s paces to see just how good AMD’s latest mainstream offering can be – The Asus M4A785TD-V EVO.
 
I personally don’t feel the need to write a lot about Asus as their reputation for quality computer components, desktops and laptops really do speak for themselves. Founded in 1989, Asus has a long established design team and understand their customer bases well. They’ve previously released some impressive mid range solutions and already have a range of popular and capable Socket AM3 motherboards. Will this motherboard complement Asus’ existing M4A product lineup or is it a lemon? Has it got what it takes to perform against other 785G competition? Let’s find out.
 
 
Specifications
 
CPU Support
– Support AMD® AM3 CPU

System Bus
– Up to 5200 MT/s; HyperTransport™ 3.0 interface

Chipset
– AMD RS785G/SB710

Memory
– 4 x DIMM. Max 16GB
DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/ 1333 / 1066 un-buffered ECC/Non-ECC memory

CrossFireX Support
– ATI CrossFireX® Support
– ATI Hybrid CrossFire Support

Audio
– High Definition Audio 8-channel CODEC
– Supports optical S/PDIF out

USB
– 12XUSB2.0/1.0(6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

LAN
– PCIe Gb LAN

Storage
– 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66
– 5x Serial ATA 3Gb/s supporting RAID 0, RAID 1,RAID10
– 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s ports

Expansion Slots
– 2 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (1 @ x16 mode, 1 @ x4 mode)
– 1 x PCI-Ex1
– 3 x PCI

ASUS Brand New Features
– ASUS GPU NOS
– ASUS Extreme Phase
– ASUS Turbo Key
– ASUS Turbo V
– ASUS Stack Cool III
– ASUS Anti EMI
 
The first observation that you may have observed is that this is a Socket AM3 motherboard, offering DDR3 support up to DDR3-1866 (OC), a step up from it’s predecessor which only came in Socket AM2+/DDR2 format. Also, while AMD does not formally support ATi CrossfireX on this chipset, Asus has implemented a second PCI-E 2.0 16x slot, offering Multi GPU support in a restricted 16x/4x mode. While this is less than ideal, 16x/4x shouldn’t cause a noticeable performance loss for middle of the road graphics cards like Radeon HD 4770’s in CrossfireX. Aside this, Asus has implemented solid state capacitors, an extra 2 phase power regulation for the CPU, a robust cooling system, a full host of software utilities and Express Gate operating system. With much to see and test, I invite you to click away to the next page!
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04-08-2009, 14:42:36

JN
"With AMD's AM3 processors now available quite cheaply we take a look at the Asus M4A785TD-V EVO with the integrated AMD 785G chipset" - by Mul.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...113115461s.jpg

Asus M4A785TD-V EVO 785G ATX Preview

04-08-2009, 15:11:48

Ghosthud1
why is there a p45 gene motherboard on the last page lol!

anyways nice review dont think its worth upgrading from a 780g unless i really wanted ddr3

04-08-2009, 15:21:47

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ghosthud1'
why is there a p45 gene motherboard on the last page lol!

anyways nice review dont think its worth upgrading from a 780g unless i really wanted ddr3
*beep*

Thats what happens when you have too many random files floating on your desktop. lol

04-08-2009, 20:51:26

tinytomlogan
It cant just be me that looks at this and thinks.....hmmmm Id buy one?

05-08-2009, 05:19:13

Rastalovich
Just had a flick through this quickly.

How is it the CoD/Grid fps thing has a lower Max than the average ?

Nice green screen btw.

05-08-2009, 05:25:45

Mul.
It's certainly a good motherboard, no doubt about it. At around 70, it's only direct motherboard competition is the Gigabyte MA770T UD3P, which lacks a few things such as the Express Gate and limited CrossfireX. I have no reason to believe that a more popular Black Edition CPU (X2 550/X3 720/X4 955) would be held back using this board and it's Advanced Clock Calibration feature from the updated SB710 is a definite bonus for those looking to try and unlock their Dual/Tri Core CPU's.

05-08-2009, 15:11:08

Socks
oooh..i think someone might be going AMD on first pay day :P

05-08-2009, 15:16:47

FarFarAway
Mul. - did I miss the bit about why the GPU was foobarred? Have they come back to you about that?

05-08-2009, 17:23:17

Mul.
When Jim spoke to me earlier, I believe he said that Asus seemed pretty certain that the IGP was b0rked and that the general concensus was that a single bad apple within a batch was sent out. Somewhat unfortunate really but hey, what can we do. What sort of screen corruption does it look like to you guys? I do recall trying to disable the sideport memory and having the same results (suggesting a bad core?) but I may just give it another shot tomorrow as it would be nice to try out some aspects of the IGP.

26-09-2009, 17:04:41

1UNetwork
Any news on the corruption..?

Have you tried another 785G yet.

Thanks.

JAV

26-09-2009, 18:01:26

WelshD1K
used one of these in a mates pc loverly board. for the chucked a 245 in it with 4gb ballistix for 220 and was nice and nippy

27-09-2009, 11:50:05

1UNetwork
Coolness......

30-12-2009, 13:27:26

subliminal messeging
i am going to buy this, it looks good, and some reviews it is good lol, it has a decent onboard graphics card also, with DX 10.1, it must be good, but sometime in thee near ish future i will get a ATI 5000 series ( for DX 11)
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