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MA790GP-UD4H or MA790X-UD4P

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July 2, 2009 2:56:01 AM

I am trying to figure out which MOBo to buy the MA790GP-UD4H or MA790X-UD4P.
My other component are
CPU: AMD 7750 BE
GPU: HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB
MEMORY: mushkin 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

The difference in price is 10 bucks so i just need to know which one is better and why. and anyones opinions either way.
T.I.A.

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a c 177 V Motherboard
July 2, 2009 3:52:51 PM

First, take a peek here:
http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Products/Motherboard/Produc...

So, as you see, they are pretty near the same board...

Differences:
The GP has on-board graphics (which you apparently aren't going to use anyway...)
The PCIe 'laning' is a little different: if you use two GPUs, the GP will keep one at x16, and 'drop' one to x8; the X will drop both to x8 (if you only use one card - doesn't matter, and with that particular graphics card - doesn't matter anyway - you won't 'see' the difference between x16 and x8)...
The X has 8 SATAs (vs 6 for the GP), and comes with an eSATA bracket...
The X supports DDR2-10666, which you can't find, and wouldn't want to pay for if you could...

So it boils down to: two extra SATA ports, and an eSATA bracket probably worth the $10 difference by itself, if you have a use for it...
July 3, 2009 12:34:17 AM

bilbat said:
First, take a peek here:
http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Products/Motherboard/Produc...

So, as you see, they are pretty near the same board...

Differences:
The GP has on-board graphics (which you apparently aren't going to use anyway...)
The PCIe 'laning' is a little different: if you use two GPUs, the GP will keep one at x16, and 'drop' one to x8; the X will drop both to x8 (if you only use one card - doesn't matter, and with that particular graphics card - doesn't matter anyway - you won't 'see' the difference between x16 and x8)...
The X has 8 SATAs (vs 6 for the GP), and comes with an eSATA bracket...
The X supports DDR2-10666, which you can't find, and wouldn't want to pay for if you could...

So it boils down to: two extra SATA ports, and an eSATA bracket probably worth the $10 difference by itself, if you have a use for it...



Wow thank you for the input i will definately go with the X it is ten cheaper and looks like its got the options to have also. one more thing do you know anything about crossfire with onboard ? does it help any For the GP
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 3, 2009 5:06:46 PM

Ahhh - difficult subject, fraught with unknowns...

First point: "ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™ Technology is only supported with Windows Vista® operating system, and is not available with Windows® XP operating system." (but a little research says it is also supported under Windows 7...)

Here's a fairly confusing compatibility chart:
http://game.amd.com/us-en/content/images/crossfirex/CF_...

and a list of compatible cards/MOBOs:
http://game.amd.com/us-en/crossfire_certified.aspx?cat=...
(the MOBO is there [note that there are two Gigabyte entries with two different charts]; that graphics card is not, though several 4670s are, and several HIS cards are - so my guess is that it's just not been tested)

and you might want to spend some time poking about here:
http://forums.amd.com/game/categories.cfm?catid=262&for...
just to get a feel for how people are doing with it...

Overall, I wouldn't buy a setup that's not on their list:
http://game.amd.com/us-en/crossfirex_configurations.asp...
based on expectations of this feature working, but I would 'risk it', and simply hope that a 'neat feature' might be available!

Good luck!

Bill

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