Benchmarks - The HD3200 Graphics Unit Of The 780G
AMD shipped its review samples to the press bundled with a modified Catalyst 8.1 driver, which did not recognize the X1300 and HD2600 XT cards we wanted to use for comparison. For this reason, we used the original Catalyst 8.1 drivers for the benchmark comparisons.
ATI Radeon X1300 graphics card
ATI Radeon X2600XT
3DMark06, Quake 4
At a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels, Quake 4 runs at a comparatively fast 28 frames per second - actually an impressive result for an integrated graphics solution. When we upgraded the system to use a Hybrid CrossFire setup, playing the game smoothly was no longer a problem. Thanks to the built-in DirectX 10 support of the HD3200 GPU, it is possible to launch Crysis. However, the game is a far cry (yes, we had to say it) from what we consider playable. AMD's rival Intel does not offer a DirectX 10 capable chipset, so the point is moot anyway.
Serious Sam 2 and UT 2004
Unreal Tournament 2004 is playable at 32 fps in High Quality mode. Serious Sam 2 pushes the HD3200 to its limits, but moving to a hybrid solution ameliorates this problem.
What revision is your board? I just received this board and it's the new revision 1.1 which has a bigger heatsink (you can see the pictures from the gigabyte site for both revisions 1.0 and 1.1). I am getting my CPU soon and want to also check the northbridge temperatures. What can I use to measure the temps?
Unfortunately, I'm using the rev 1.0 board. I fitted it with an HR05 heatsink from thermalright and its now just warm to the touch not hot. I'm using everest to monitor my temps. Aux now registers at 37 C, though I'm not really sure if its the NB temp. You can also use riva tuner among others.
I would question the QA process of a mobo manufacturer who offers not only a poor heatsink design, but a 4 phase mosfet unable to cope with the TDP of some of the higher power phenoms (see Tomshardware and Anandtech). The 780 board by XFX has a heatpipe solution on the mosfets and northbridge which looks like a better design, and similar price (cheaper if you count having to replace the deficient heatsink by Gigabyte). The Asus M3A78 possibly has a better heatsink on the northbridge.