780G \ V: chipset to the mainstream, and much more
After covering the high market of chip sets with Launching the Spider platformAMD is addressing the lower markets in the food chain of the wider hardware market, using the new 780 series chipsets: 780G and 780V.
On the paper, the new ATI AMD chipsets look amazing: auto overclocking, PCI-Express 2.0 support, 12 support for USB connections, almost any video (and audio) port you can imagine and the ability to build a hybrid CrossFire All these features will be found in the pair of new chipsets launched this week: 780G, 780V, and the common southern bridge: SB700.
We will first start with the most important point for the Israeli consumer: the price. According to AMD, the recommended price for a consumer is $ 80-120 - in contrast to the average price for a motherboard based on the G35 chipset from Intel: $ 135. These prices are as of February 14th, and were taken from the NewEgg store.
The issue of money and the price to price AMD has emphasized with the launch of the Spider platform last year, and it seems that the company worked hard to justify it.
Like their older sisters (the 790FX, the 790X and the 770), AMD's new HyperTransport 3.0 chipset supports support, as well as support for the PCI-E 2.0 bus for the latest generation video cards such as the NVIDIA 8800GT -HD3870 and HD3850 from AMD-ATI itself. In addition, the chipset supports the AMD ATI OverDrive mechanism, although in our experience with the hardware market, the very existence of a built-in video card in the system may torpedo overclocking attempts.
The launch of the chipset is also the launch of new built-in video cards, which bring the DX10 line to the world of OnBoard cards: the HD3200 is embedded in 780G, and the HD3100 is embedded in 780V.
According to tests conducted by AMD itself, if you take a Phenom 9500 processor and two gigabytes of memory, and mount them on a motherboard based on the 780G chipset, the built-in video card will take out 1520 points in 3DMark06 software. Although this result seems low compared to any modern modern video card, do not forget that it is still a built-in card.
According to AMDThe new chipsets are also suitable for casual gamers: As long as you do not run games with a resolution above 1024X768, you can play games such as Doom 3, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and Call Of Duty 4, (Unlike other computer systems that contain only a built-in video card, which can not be played at all).
And if the performance of the built-in video card alone is not enough, the new chipsets support Hybrid CrossFire technology. Similar to the Hybrid SLI, it is a computer system that includes a built-in video card on the one hand, and a non-built-in video card on the other. While the system is "resting", only the built-in video card with low power consumption will operate, and on the other hand, when XNUMXD processing is required, the separate video card will come into operation.
Moreover, AMD Found a way to combine the power of the two video cards, which leads (according to tests conducted by AMD) to an improvement of about 80-60 percent compared to the performance of the same system compared to using the separate card alone. In fact, adding the separate video card jumps the score the system puts out by 3 DMark06 to about 2600 points. These tests were performed when the PCI-E 2.0 expansion slot on the motherboard was populated with an HD3450 card - although a stronger card will produce better performance, but at the higher levels the performance of the built-in card will not be felt at all (which is also why the HD3870 X2 card Does not support Hybrid CrossFire at all).