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What are motherboard chipsets?

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April 30, 2010 8:26:14 PM

I want to buy a new motherboard for AMD CPU but I'm confused.

Some write for example:

AM3, DDR3, AMD770


AM3, DDR3, 790X

So what is the difference between VGA, 890X, 770, 790X ETC?

BTW, the higher the number the better? 890X is better then 790X?

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a b V Motherboard
May 1, 2010 12:32:09 PM

VGA is not a chipset it means the motherboard has VGA on board graphics.

Chipset comparison it rather easy to find, I'll find one now...

I lose, so much for my Binging skills. Oh well I can always fall back on the stickies.

That guide talks about the differences between AMD chipsets very well I think.
May 1, 2010 1:43:15 PM

Proximon's guide is very good. To give a simple recommendation:
If you are not using more than one video card and
you are not doing raid 5 storage and
you do not need integrated graphics

buy anything from the 770 on up.

if you need integrated graphics look for chipsets with a g on the end
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May 1, 2010 2:02:55 PM

Yes, good point. They have better integrated graphics, guaranteed support for the new 6 core processors and integrated sata 6g. I would go for them if 1. I needed good integrated graphics 2. I needed the most future-proof board possible or 3. I was planning on using SSDs.
a b V Motherboard
May 1, 2010 2:38:41 PM

"I needed the most future-proof board possible"

You can get older boards which are guaranteed to run Thuban with a BIOS update, and I don't think it will change with later CPUs. Therefore I don't think 800 series = more future proof, except for SATA 3.
May 1, 2010 2:43:21 PM

All I meant by guaranteed support was that you wouldn't have to check for it.
May 3, 2010 3:52:18 PM

Ok, thank you.