Asus M4A785TD-V EVO 785G ATX Preview


ASUSAt an approximate retail price of £70, this motherboard has a lot of competition. From the Socket AM2+ side, it is possible to purchase AMD 790GX based motherboards such as the Biostar TA790GX series with a slightly better feature set and from the Socket AM3 side, a number of hybrid AMD 770 or 790X motherboards also paired with the SB750 southbridge such as the Gigabyte MA770T UD3P. It’s safe to say that the Asus M4A785TD-V EVO deviates from it’s more mainstream routes and holds it’s own against the aforementioned motherboards and only lacks a small number of features such as 8x/8x CrossfireX support. What it does have over other AMD chipsets is a more capable Integrated Graphics chipset which can now play 7.1 channel sound over HDMI (previously 5.1) and also supports DX10.1 (previously DX10). Also mentioned previously, the HD 4200 is expected to overclock very well and can be paired in hybrid crossfire with a HD 43xx series graphics card, resulting in significant gains. Unfortunately, the substantial fly in the ointment for us was that we did not get the opportunity to really put the chipset through it’s paces. However, if the dedicated Radeon HD 3450 graphics card is anything to go by, it should be a very promising little GPU, especially with it’s GDDR3 Sideport memory running at an impressive 1333MHz frequency.
All in all, Asus have done a very good job at serving a mainstream chipset platform to those with higher performance requirements, thanks to a well thought out ATX base, Socket AM3 support, 16x/4x CrossfireX and at any rate, it’s certainly worth considering for those that are contemplating a middle of the road AMD Phenom II setup.
The Good
- Well thought board layout.
- Express Gate OS is an excellent touch.
- Comprehensive BIOS.
- Overclocks Reasonably well.

The Mediocre
- Slightly lacking in accessories.
The Bad
- Nothing.
Value for Money 
Thanks to ASUS for sending the M4A785TD-V EVO in for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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Most Recent Comments

04-08-2009, 15:11:48

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 ddr3Quote

04-08-2009, 15:21:47

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

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

04-08-2009, 20:51:26

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

05-08-2009, 05:19:13

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.Quote

05-08-2009, 05:25:45

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.Quote

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