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August 27, 2009 5:47:51 PM

So confused can someone take a look and tell me which of the three mother boards is better for gaming?

I do plan on getting a separate video card as well.

ASRock A790GMH/128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM2+/AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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August 27, 2009 6:04:53 PM

Assuming you are getting a single video card and do not plan on Crossfire, any of those boards/chipsets should be fine and will perform very similarly. The 785G chipset on the Gigabyte you've chosen is the newest, but the 790 chipsets are higher end. Which manufacturer to chose is up to debate. I've personally used Gigabyte and Asus, but others will swear both for and against these and other brands.

Good Luck!
-mcg
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August 27, 2009 6:19:36 PM

MrCommunistGen said:
Assuming you are getting a single video card and do not plan on Crossfire, any of those boards/chipsets should be fine and will perform very similarly. The 785G chipset on the Gigabyte you've chosen is the newest, but the 790 chipsets are higher end. Which manufacturer to chose is up to debate. I've personally used Gigabyte and Asus, but others will swear both for and against these and other brands.

Good Luck!
-mcg



they say they can do crossfire, are they talking about crossfire the onboard CPU with any card you put in?

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August 27, 2009 6:41:29 PM

^No. You can only CrossFire 2 of the same card NON IGP cards. ie 2x4870.
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August 27, 2009 7:31:26 PM

not just the same card you can crossfire 2similar cards as well like 4770 an 4830/4850 or 4830 an 4850 or 4850 and 4870 or 4870 with 4890 i bet there is many more frankenfire's and performance isn't hampered byt the slower card but work more on a combined average
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August 27, 2009 7:35:59 PM

So my best bwould be any of these Motherboards ( think I'm going for the Biostar given the gpu on there is a little better as a back up)

And then get 1 really kick@ss video card right?
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a b V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 8:26:24 PM

obsidian86 said:
not just the same card you can crossfire 2similar cards as well like 4770 an 4830/4850 or 4830 an 4850 or 4850 and 4870 or 4870 with 4890 i bet there is many more frankenfire's and performance isn't hampered byt the slower card but work more on a combined average

True, but the CrossFire will be limited to the lowest card performance.
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a b V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 10:18:48 PM

no its not limited by the lower cards performance as much as you think a 4890 an 4870 come within spitting distance of dual 4890
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a b V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 10:48:40 PM

^Benches? General search says it's quite a bit limited by the lower card.
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August 28, 2009 2:19:04 AM

dijital said:
So confused can someone take a look and tell me which of the three mother boards is better for gaming?

I do plan on getting a separate video card as well.

ASRock A790GMH/128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM2+/AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard


Just be aware that Gigabyte's customer support is almost non-existant. Never had any of the other boards, so can't comment.

Asus' customer support used to be pretty bad, but I hear that it has improved greatly. DFI has good customer support.
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