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June 8, 2008 2:58:59 AM

Hello Peoples,
I know most of you know that I'm from Australia but I got hold of my BF's Gold AMEX card! I have some money to spend and I've decided to buy a new mobo (that supports graphics cards) and a new fan.

Hmm should I go

Sapphire 780G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
+ Good underclocking
+ 1 More SATA port (useless)
+ 8 Pin power
+ better MOSFETs
+ cheaper
+ easier to remove heatsink

Gigabyte 780G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
+ Extra outputs
+ PCI-E x1
+ 16GB of RAM
+ Faster hypertransport speed

This is hurting me... can't figure what to buy...
Thinking hurts!

Shall be using with AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400 and replacing Sapphire 690G in a matx case with a 380W PSU.

Fan
As quiet as possible. It shouldn't fry my computer tho...

Thanks,
fangirl

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June 8, 2008 3:31:18 AM

i have seen a 780G coming out with 128MB vram onboard and its the only company YET to do it.but the 790GX got IGP as well.why not wait since you got the gold AMEX!lol
June 8, 2008 3:32:28 AM

Saphire's plus points :
8 pin power is useless for you, I don't see you using a 100W+ CPU
better MOSFETs ? You mean the cooling fins ?
both boards use pushpins to mount the heatsinks so I don't see a difference here
it is cheaper

Gigabyte's plus points :
extra outputs and slots, but are you going to use any of them ?
16GB RAM is a plus
faster hypertransport? for underclocking faster?

I trust Gigabyte more so I would go with that but it's not a DS board.
It's 5:30 AM so sorry if I'm missing anything... :heink: 
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June 8, 2008 3:34:48 AM

iluvgillgill said:
i have seen a 780G coming out with 128MB vram onboard and its the only company YET to do it.but the 790GX got IGP as well.why not wait since you got the gold AMEX!lol


Sure thing, hey anyone know when it shall release?
June 8, 2008 4:32:25 AM

Hey is 790GX AM2+ or AM3
June 8, 2008 5:23:59 AM

AFAIK its for the AM2+ socket and is just the version above 780G

I personally would go the Gigabyte route, the MOSFETs AFAIK are copper, the Sapphire ones are Al.

Try and source your parts from www.shopbot.com.au as they search all Australian online stores shipping should be less.
June 8, 2008 5:44:49 AM

nah, everything's cheaper in USA. Besides who else accepts AMEX...
June 8, 2008 5:58:56 AM

lol american i suppose!
the 790GX is like the current 790X but took the G off 780G and incooperate it intp the 790X since the IGP is such sucess.but personally i do think its just a marketing thing.because that board offers Tri or Quad X-Fire i cant remember exactly.so what people gonne do with the IGP?just to show off the spec maybe?
June 8, 2008 6:33:51 AM

^ I'm Australian... with access to a Gold AMEX

I've decided to go with the Gigabtye 780G
June 8, 2008 7:53:05 AM

amdfangirl said:
^ I'm Australian... with access to a Gold AMEX

I've decided to go with the Gigabtye 780G



Good choice! If it can stand my constant overclocking abuse with my 6000+@3.3-3.4 and my 8800GT @ 720/1000 then im sure it will serve you well for what your using it for!
June 8, 2008 10:32:03 AM

Where bouts in Aust are you?

Good choice on the mobo, I'm still partial to the 790FX though...

the 790GX is like the current 790X but took the G off 780G and incooperate it intp the 790X since the IGP is such sucess.but personally i do think its just a marketing thing.
Its also an upgrade, it uses the 3300 series rather than 3200 series and is set to use the 55nm process instead of the 65nm currently used.
June 8, 2008 11:06:06 AM

smalltime0 said:
Good choice on the mobo, I'm still partial to the 790FX though...

the 790GX is like the current 790X but took the G off 780G and incooperate it intp the 790X since the IGP is such sucess.but personally i do think its just a marketing thing.
Its also an upgrade, it uses the 3300 series rather than 3200 series and is set to use the 55nm process instead of the 65nm currently used.
The 3300 is the same as the 3200 (they overclocked the 3200 by another 50MHz or 100MHz and added a dedicated 128MB frame buffer).

I think hexus.net had an news report about this a few days ago. The 780Gs IGP overclocks from 500MHz to 750MHz if you put good cooling onto it. The 790GX is only worth it if you want it's extra features like 2 PCIEx16 slots or whatnot ...

Other 790X do not have an IGP so they do not fit AFG's idea of a green board. :) 
June 8, 2008 11:48:38 AM

smalltime0 said:
Where bouts in Aust are you?

Good choice on the mobo, I'm still partial to the 790FX though...

the 790GX is like the current 790X but took the G off 780G and incooperate it intp the 790X since the IGP is such sucess.but personally i do think its just a marketing thing.
Its also an upgrade, it uses the 3300 series rather than 3200 series and is set to use the 55nm process instead of the 65nm currently used.


Sydney! (is he the stalker?)

Andrius said:
The 3300 is the same as the 3200 (they overclocked the 3200 by another 50MHz or 100MHz and added a dedicated 128MB frame buffer).

I think hexus.net had an news report about this a few days ago. The 780Gs IGP overclocks from 500MHz to 750MHz if you put good cooling onto it. The 790GX is only worth it if you want it's extra features like 2 PCIEx16 slots or whatnot ...

Other 790X do not have an IGP so they do not fit AFG's idea of a green board. :) 


Then I suppose I'll go with the 780G Gigabyte... and yes the the 790GX does pass the 'green' test... :) 

Oh well I'll never use a discrete card anyways...
June 8, 2008 12:27:23 PM

790GX is what i been waiting for this year...i hope they be on sale sooner
June 8, 2008 12:34:57 PM

The Gigabyte 780G is Awesome with some minor tweaking. Its only major limitation is the lack of VRAM. I made a fan duct that sucks air over the stock heatsink (with AS5 now, though) allowing me to easily OC to 900MHz. It probably could have gone further, but this was more than enough for me. Also, with my setup the Chipset runs quite cool. The max temp I've seen is around 45C (in a fairly warm room). This was using a Temp probe that was attached (w/ AS5) to the heatsink.

In fact, it appears to me that the Temp readings off the Mobo are 1: CPU, 2: Chipset, and 3: ?? (Power Circuit, maybe?). At any rate, the 780G Doesn't run at 80C as first feared.

All of this didn't gain me much in the 3D Mark department, though. I know that doesn't really matter, however, it illustrates that this thing is dying for more bandwidth (why did AMD have to kill the Dual core Phenoms). Still, I'm quite happy with my 780G. It fills the role of TV/Video/light gaming quite nicely. All my heavy gaming is saved for my 2900XT (soon 4870, I hope) gaming system.
June 8, 2008 2:16:54 PM

she has 4 gb of ram, she'll be fine
June 8, 2008 2:29:56 PM

Good, I've ordered thanks everybody!
June 8, 2008 2:54:50 PM

amdfangirl said:
Sydney! (is he the stalker?)

I've only been through your garbage twice, jeeze lay-off!

Nah I'm from Perth, but theres suppose to be some great Comp store in Adelaide I think... All the whirlpool (the forum not the whitegoods supplier) users go there.

I haven't actually seen a store that doesn't accept AMEX, but some fish and chip shop Im partial to, but they dont take any cards.


Quote:
The 3300 is the same as the 3200 (they overclocked the 3200 by another 50MHz or 100MHz and added a dedicated 128MB frame buffer).

I think hexus.net had an news report about this a few days ago. The 780Gs IGP overclocks from 500MHz to 750MHz if you put good cooling onto it. The 790GX is only worth it if you want it's extra features like 2 PCIEx16 slots or whatnot ...

Other 790X do not have an IGP so they do not fit AFG's idea of a green board. :) 


The 790GX should be using the new SB750.
Whats a "Green Board"?
June 8, 2008 4:07:02 PM

"green" as in low power/high efficiency/cool running.

Yeah the SB750 looks like a big improvement, but I do think it's a waste without at least a 9100e. :) 
June 8, 2008 10:12:09 PM

smalltime0 said:
I've only been through your garbage twice, jeeze lay-off!


=)

Anyways if you come from Australia can you please help as on something?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/20733-9-aussie-toms-h...

Its a campaign for an Australian THG mirror site, allowing faster connections and maybe an exclusive Australians only forum section... (Just dreaming...)
June 8, 2008 10:14:55 PM

Andrius said:
"green" as in low power/high efficiency/cool running.

Yeah the SB750 looks like a big improvement, but I do think it's a waste without at least a 9100e. :) 


Yeah, I really think I might get the voltage lower but I maxed it out on an SB600 :D 

Well this is marketing and from previous experiences I like to remain sceptical...
June 9, 2008 1:54:22 AM

Its sorta hard to go backwards from the SB600... Really IMO its the achilles heal of the 790FX chipset. The Northbridge is fantastic, but the southbridge is medicore.
June 9, 2008 3:50:32 AM

i wonder how far you can OC the IGP after you got hold of yours!
June 9, 2008 4:07:18 AM

Nah, I decided to cancel the order... finally decided to use my HTPC as a HTPC instead of my normal rig...

So I've got now x1 17" and x1 40" LCDs on a 690G. Shall upgrade to a 790GX when the time comes...
!