windwithme Posted January 21, 2010 Share Posted January 21, 2010 Every year I always spend some time to write an article about mainstream PC platform recommendation for choosing the high C/P value mainstream products. Users can pay less get more performance products. AMD stuck in 65nm for couple year and not much progress. It caused two main weaknesses for Phenom X4 CPU, high power consumption and over heat. That’s why I didn’t write too many reviews with AMD platform. Since 2009, AMD launched 45nm CPU and still keep in parity. After then, AMD announced a series X2/X3/X4 CPU, and also can enable cores and L3 cache. It makes AMD ramp up the market share in 2nd half 2009. Of course, the parity motherboard is also the key factor. Especially the economy crisis in 2009, the users lower their cost in many consumer products. AMD CPU highest C/P one is Athlon II X3 425/435, the price is around 66~75 USD. This CPU may enable quad cores by MB south bridge. However, please be aware that it’s not 100%. If it’s unstable, please back to the tri-core to operate. Another model is Athlon II X4 620/630, the price is around 93~107 USD. The main difference with Phenom II X4 is no L3 cache. It also has opportunity to enable it to be complete Phenom II X4. This time I use Phenom II X2 545 for quad core test. You cannot find this model in the market already. Besides, I use Micro-ATX MB which is AMD main segment in few years. AMD uses their leading UMA performance and lower price to compete with the other chipset provides. This article introduces three 785G MB to enable Phenom/Athlon II being X4 and OC performance. First model is DFI LANPARTY BI 785G-M35 The market price is about 108USD. Lower Left Corner 1 X PCI-E X16 1 X PCI-E X1 2 X PCI LAN chip is JMicron JMC250 Audio chip is Realtek ALC885 and use tantalum chip capacitor for better audio quality Lower Right Corner 6 X black SATAII by SB710. SATA2 and support RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1 1 X IDE Upper Right Corner 4 X DIMM DDR3 support 800/1066/1333/1600(O.C.) The maximum DDR3 capacity is 16GB. DDR3 1600 no need to OC CPU. Next by is 24-PIN power connector Upper Left Corner AM3 CPU Socket, 4+1 PWM Next to heat sink is hynix 128MB DDR3 SidePort Memory Second is GIGABYTE GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H The market price is about 99 USD. Lower Left Corner 1 X PCI-E X16 1 X PCI-E X1 2 X PCI LAN chip is Realtek 8111C Audio chip is Realtek ALC889A supports 7.1 channel and Dolby Home Theater technology Lower Right Corner 5 X light blue SATAII by SB710. SATA2 and support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID JBOD。 1 X IDE Upper Right Corner 4 X DIMM DDR3 support 800/1066/1333/1600/1800(OC). The maximum capacity is 16GB DDR3. Next by are Dual BOIS and 24-PIN power connector Upper Left Corner AM3 CPU Socket, 4+1 PWM It also has 128MB DDR3 SidePort Memory Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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