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Seven AMD 785G-Based Motherboards Rounded Up

Motherboard Features Comparison

785G Motherboard Features
ASRock M3A785GXH/128MASUSM4A785TD-V EVOBiostarTA785GE 128MFoxconnCinema Premium
Form FactorATXATXmATXmATX
NorthbridgeAMD 785GAMD 785GAMD 785GAMD 785G
SouthbridgeSB710SB710SB710SB710
Voltage Regulator4+1 Phase8+2 Phase4+1 Phase4 Phase
BIOS1.2219080015912F1P05
200 MHz BCLK199.6-200.9200.7200.0-200.1200.0
SocketAM3 (DDR3)AM3 (DDR3)AM2+ (DDR2)AM2+ (DDR2)
CPU Support140W140W125W125W
SidePort Memory128MB128MB128MBN/A
BIOS Profiles3None1None
ACC FeatureYesYesYesYes
Internal Interfaces
PCIe 2.0 x163 (x16/x4 or x8/x8/x4)2 (x16/x4)1 (x16)1 (x16)
PCIe x1/x411None2
Legacy PCI2321
USB 2.03 (6 ports)3 (6 ports)3 (6 ports)3 (6 ports)
IEEE-1394 (Firewire)11NoneNone
Serial Port1NoneNone1
Parallel PortNoneNoneNoneNone
Floppy1None1None
Ultra-ATA 133111None
SATA 3.0 Gb/s6665
4-Pin Fan1111
3-Pin Fan2223
FP-AudioYes
CD-AudioYes
S/PDIF I/OOutput Only
Power ButtonNoneNoneYesNone
Reset ButtonNoneNoneYesNone
CLR_CMOS ButtonNoneNoneNoneNone
Diagnostics PanelNoneNoneYes (two LED lights)None
I/O Panel Connectors
DVI1111
VGA1111
HDMI11None1
DisplayPortNoneNoneNoneNone
P/S 21121
USB 2.06646
IEEE-1394 (Firewire)11NoneNone
NetworkSingleSingleSingleSingle
eSATA11NoneNone
CLR_NoneCMOS ButtonNoneNoneNoneNone
Digital Audio OutOpticalOpticalNoneOptical
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio6636
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Chipset RAID Modes0, 1, 100, 1, 100, 1, 100, 1, 10
Add-In SATANoneNoneNoneNone
Add-In Ultra ATANoneNoneNoneNone
IEEE-1394 (Firewire)VIA VT6308P2x 400 Mb/sVIA VT6308P2x 400 Mb/sNoneNone
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANRTL8111DL PCIeRTL8112L PCIeRTL8111DL PCIeRTL8111C PCIe
Secondary LANNoneNoneNoneNone
Audio
HD Audio CodecRealtek ALC888Via VT1708SRealtek ALC662Realtek ALC888
Audio Channels7.1+27.15.17.1+2
785G Motherboard Features
GigabyteGA-MA785GT-UD3HECSA785GM-MMSI785GM-E65
Form FactorATXmATXmATX
NorthbridgeAMD 785GAMD 785GAMD 785G
SouthbridgeSB710SB710SB710
Voltage Regulator4+1 Phase4 Phase4+1 Phase
BIOSF20907172.2
200 MHz BCLK200.9199.7200.5
SocketAM3 (DDR3)AM3 (DDR3)AM3 (DDR3)
CPU Support140W140W140W
SidePort MemoryN/AN/A128MB
BIOS Profiles8None4
ACC FeatureYesNoYes
Internal Interfaces
PCIe 2.0 x162 (x16/x4)1 (x16)1 (x16)
PCIe x1/x4321
Legacy PCI212
USB 2.03 (6 ports)3 (6 ports)3 (6 ports)
IEEE-1394 (Firewire)111
Serial Port1None1
Parallel Port1None1
Floppy1None1
Ultra-ATA 133111
SATA 3.0 Gb/s665
4-Pin Fan211
3-Pin Fan221
FP-AudioYes
CD-AudioYes
S/PDIF I/OOutput Only
Power ButtonNoneYesNone
Reset ButtonNoneYesNone
CLR_CMOS ButtonNoneYesNone
Diagnostics PanelNoneYesNone
I/O Panel Connectors
DVI111
VGA111
HDMI111
DisplayPortNoneNoneNone
P/S 21None1
USB 2.0646
IEEE-1394 (Firewire)111
NetworkSingleSingleSingle
eSATANone21
CLR_NoneCMOS ButtonNoneNoneNone
Digital Audio OutOpticalOpticalOptical
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio656
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Chipset RAID Modes0, 1, 100, 1, 100, 1, 10
Add-In SATANoneNoneNone
Add-In Ultra ATANoneNoneNone
IEEE-1394 (Firewire)T.I. TSB43AB23, 3 x 400 Mb/sVIA VT6315N, 2 x 400 Mb/sVIA VT6315N, 2 x 400 Mb/s
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANRTL8111C PCIeRTL8111DL PCIeRTL8111DL PCIe
Secondary LANNoneNoneNone
Audio
HD Audio CodecRealtek ALC889ARealtek ALC888SRealtek ALC889
Audio Channels7.1+27.1+27.1+2
  • JohnnyLucky
    Very informative article. Nice to see there are motherboards with different features for different users/tasks.
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  • LATTEH
    Just what i needed to see thanks toms!
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  • bpdski
    Great article, I think this shows pretty conclusively that there is no benefit to upgrading to an AM3 based system. If you already have an AM2+ system, you can easily just drop in a new CPU and you system will be every bit as good as a brand new system with DDR3. You just need to make sure your motherboard supports the power requirements of whatever you want to drop in.
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  • jonpaul37
    Hooray AMD for having cheap solutions in these hard-economic times!

    Boo @ Intel! i like the product, but my wallet & Girl do not like the cost!
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  • jonpaul37Hooray AMD for having cheap solutions in these hard-economic times!Boo @ Intel! i like the product, but my wallet & Girl do not like the cost!+1
    Girl has more money for clothes!
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  • ominous prime
    Well bpdski there is no point upgrading if you're AM2, but if you're building a new PC AM3 is the way to go in terms of your computers longevity. Very informative article.
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  • sonofliberty08
    thanks alot for the info , my first choice was allways asus , but now i now what i need when im going to unlock core , and now i saw the benefits of sideport memory .
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  • duzcizgi
    We were successful in achieving a 900 MHz stable overclock with the integrated graphics chipset by setting the BIOS to increase northbridge voltage by +.210mV.
    Well, .210 mV = 210 microvolt. I don't think it would make much of a change. Maybe it is 210 mV or, .210 V. :)
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  • doron
    "Now we're seeing another benefit for the AM2+/DDR2 boards: both the Foxconn Cinema Premium and Biostar TA785GE 128M are drawing less power than their AM3/DDR3 counterparts."
    How comes? Didn't we all agree a long time ago that ddr3 supposed to be more energy efficient out of the two? (Lower voltage and stuff?)
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  • DarkMantle
    Great article, this will help a lot of people to make their AMD budget motherboard choice easier, thank you Don.
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