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Written by Bruce Normann - Edited by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+ Motherboard
ASRock AMD 790 Features
AOD790GX/128M Specifications
Closer Look: AOD790GX/128M
AMD 790GX Detailed Features
AOD790GX/128M Component Layout
AOD790GX/128M BIOS
Motherboard Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
PCMark05 Benchmarks
CINEBENCH Release 10 Tests
Crysis Benchmark Results
EVEREST Benchmark Results
AOD790GX/128M Power Consumption
ASRock Final Thoughts
ASRock AOD790GX/128M Conclusion

ASRock AMD 790 Features

No first tier, or even second tier motherboard manufacturer would introduce a product to the market without some differentiating features. Many times, the marketing hype outshines the real features and benefits provided, but if you need and/or want to take advantage of those features, it helps to see them prominently displayed, instead of buried in Chapter 7 of the User Manual. Most enthusiasts buying this type of product, do their research on sites like Benchmark Reviews, and know exactly what they are buying and why. ASRock includes a sizeable number of real and significant features in the AOD790GX/128M motherboard:

  • Support for Socket AM2+ / AM2 processors: AMD PhenomTM FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core / Athlon X2 Dual-Core / Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
  • Supports CPU up to 140W
  • ASRock DuraCap (2.5 x longer life time), 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
  • AMD 790GX + SB750 Chipsets
  • AM3 CPU Ready!
  • FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
  • Supports AMD OverDriveTM with ACC feature (Advanced Clock Calibration)
  • Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR2 1066 with AM2+ CPU, and DDR2 800/667/533 with AM2 CPU, with 4 DIMM slots, maximum capacity up to 16GB
  • Integrated AMD Radeon HD 3300 graphics, DX10 class iGPU, Pixel Shader 4.0, Max. shared memory 512MB
  • Integrated 128MB side port memory for iGPU
  • Supports ATITM CrossFireTM and Hybrid CrossFireXTM
  • 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (green @ x16 mode, blue @ x8 mode)
  • 6 x SATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
  • 1 x eSATAII 3.0 Gb/s connector
  • 2 x IEEE1394 ports (one port on back panel, one header on board)
  • PCIE Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
  • Three VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI with DVI-to-HDMI Converter
  • Supports HDCP function
  • Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback
  • 1 x USB/Wi-Fi header
  • Supports Instant Boot
  • Supports Smart BIOS, ASRock OC Tuner, Intelligent Energy Saver, Extra ESD Protection
  • 7.1 CH Windows VistaTM Premium Level HD Audio,
  • 110dB dynamic range DAC (ALC890 Audio Codec)



 

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# 790 GX chipset MBpawan 2010-08-08 10:09
790 GX chipset with ATI radeon HD 3300 IGP is even today a very good.
Unlike the reports in this review, this mobo can handle most of the current games at decent playable frame rates with great ease. Any one has clarifications can approach me to clear his/her doubts.
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# Wrong.Olin Coles 2010-08-08 13:46
You are absolutely wrong, pawan. The ATI Radeon HD 3300 IGP will not play "most" current games "at decent playable frame rates with great ease". This mobile graphics chip is not capable of any DirectX-11 games, which is what qualifies as current these days, and it struggles with DX10 extensions. Even on the games it will play, you must turn the settings all the way down and play at reduced resolutions.

The ATI radeon HD 3300 IGP is not intended for modern 3D games, and it's best used for low-impact 3D applications.
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# Examples, PleaseBruceBruce 2010-08-08 10:34
Can you provide some benchmarks with the HD 3300 IGP and the current games you mention?
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