|Processor||AMD Phenom X4 9850 BE @ 2.5 GHz|
|Motherboards||Gigabyte MA790GP-DS4H (790GX)|
|Gigabyte MA78GPM-D2SH (780G)|
|ASUS M3N78 PRO (GeForce 8300)|
|Memory||4GB Corsair Dominator CM2X2048-8500C5D|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital WD500YS 500 GB|
|Graphics||Integrated for 790GX, 780G, and GeForce 8300|
|ASUS GeForce 8500GT TOP 256MB (GeForce Boost)|
|Sapphire Radeon HD 3470 256 MB (Hybrid CrossFireX on 790GX and 780G)|
|AMD 790GX||8.521.1 Beta|
|AMD 780G||Catalyst 8.7|
|Nvidia GeForce 8300||GeForce Release 175|
|Operating System||Windows Vista x32|
|PC Mark Vantage||Build 1.0.0|
|3DMark Vantage||Build 1.0.1|
|SiSoft Sandra XII||XII.2008.SP2c (14.24)|
|Apple iTunes||Audio CD Terminator II SE, HQ (160kbps), Convert to AAC|
|Mainconcept H.264||MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), 24 sec HDTV 1920x1080|
|PowerDVD 8 Ultra||60s 007 :Casino Royale playback|
|Half Life 2 : Episode 2||1024x768, low settings, timedemo playback|
|World in Conflict||1024x768, low quality settings, built-in benchmark mode|
|Flight Simulator X||1024x768, default graphics settings, FRAPS recording|
|Cinebench||R10 Version : 10.008|
It’s worth noting that Hybrid CrossFireX and GeForce Boost are Windows Vista-only features, so you can’t add a card to the AMD or Nvidia platforms and expect to see better gaming performance in XP — a real quandary for the legions of gamers who still prefer XP to Vista.
The MA78GPM-D2SH employs AMD’s 780G chipset with 128 MB of side-port memory massaging performance up a bit. And the MA79GP-DS4H is of course the 790GX board, also with 128 MB of side-port. This should give us a good indication of how much benefit is attributable to the onboard RAM. We also planned to include Gigabyte’s MA78GM and Intel’s new DG45ID in the lineup. However, a spate of issues with the boards we had in the lab forced us to narrow the competition a bit.
Another point that we wanted to mention : when 780G launched, AMD was adamant that the best way to configure a Hybrid CrossFireX platform was with the display attached to the motherboard. During periods of idle, the discrete card would power down completely, yielding the power consumption of a purely integrated system. In testing the 790GX, however, we weren’t able to get Hybrid CrossFireX functioning properly unless the display was attached to the add-in Radeon HD 3470 board.
Finally, bear in mind that the integrated graphics core is heavily dependent on memory bandwidth performance. You’ll want to use DDR2-1066 whenever possible, tuned to the most aggressive timings to maximize gaming.
Thanks for the feedback Kit.
Take a closer look. What happened?
Please change this benchmark suite or check if PcMark Vantage is unbiased.
That was strange. Should be fixed now.
Fortunately, with no Intel platforms tested, this should be a non-issue for the current situation ;-) In the future, you'll be seeing SYSmark, though.
Alright, mystery solved. It's back up, sans the blank page. Thanks for pointing that out lacrits!