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Which is better motherboard, 880gmLE or 785gm?

Hi everyone. I'm really having a hard time choosing between 880 gm le and 785gm. So I signed up here. Great forum.

Which of the two is better especially in the igp field? The 880gm le has a built in 4250 while the 785gm got only 4200 but comes with a 128mb side port memory.

I'm just planning to use igp waiting for high end dedicated gpu price cut down. Hahaha.

Please help me decide. Thanks.
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  1. There is no great difference in the IGP performance wise, toss a coin.
  2. rolli59 said:
    There is no great difference in the IGP performance wise, toss a coin.


    Is that so? Follow up question, will the side port memory still be used for hybrid crossfire config and will a dedicated card make use of it too? Thanks for the direct to the point answer. Maybe will toss a coin later. :kaola:
  3. I do not know the answer to the hybrid crossfire but it will not be used with a discrete card running on its own.
  4. rolli59 said:
    I do not know the answer to the hybrid crossfire but it will not be used with a discrete card running on its own.


    I see. But there must be a pinpoint difference between these two. One must be faster than the other. I must figure it out. Thanks man!
  5. Best answer
    Maybe an article like this will help you figure it out http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-890gx-radeon,2571.html
  6. rolli59 said:
    Maybe an article like this will help you figure it out http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-890gx-radeon,2571.html


    Thanks for the link man. I had a headache reading all it and still couldn't decide which board should I choose. Haha. I'm pretty sure you have much knowledge about computers than me. So if you are to choose, which one? I'll go with your pick. :p
  7. If I am looking at the right boards, it looks like the 785 has a better sound chip wit 8 channels versus 6 on the 880 board.
  8. rolli59 said:
    If I am looking at the right boards, it looks like the 785 has a better sound chip wit 8 channels versus 6 on the 880 board.


    Actually I'm choosing the older models of both boards. Cheaper. Hehe. Here's the side by side comparison of the two.

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/compare.asp?SelectedModel=880GM-LE&SelectedModel=M3A785GM-LE/128M&
  9. No difference in the sound chip so I would go based on price.
  10. rolli59 said:
    No difference in the sound chip so I would go based on price.


    Yup. The only difference I can see which is of a big deal to me is the igp since I won't buy a dedicated card for the mean time. So, it's hd4200 with 128mb side port memory VS 4250 without sideport memory.

    ps. Ahm... about the audio thing, is the difference between a 5.1 and 7.1 noticeable if one will only use a 2.1 sound system?
  11. No it is only noticeable if you want to have expanded surround speaker setup.
  12. rolli59 said:
    No it is only noticeable if you want to have expanded surround speaker setup.


    I see. Well it's about time for me to toss a coin. :p Thanks for the help man. :)
  13. Best answer selected by shadow41.
  14. I looked this up and on wiki I found this.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_CrossFireX
    I have an HD 5670 so I got the Asrock 880GM LE because it is said to do hybrid cross fire with my graphics card. I haven't tested it yet because my CPU hasn't got here yet.
    I will post my findings after I get it up and running.
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