|ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO mATX AM3 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 06 April 2010|
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ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO Motherboard Review
Last year ASUS introduced the 785G chipset, one of their latest chipset with integrated graphics. This comes on the back of other recently successful chipsets with integrated graphics such as the 780G and 790GX. In true AMD fashion, we can tell a lot about the chipset by its numbering. The 785G is an upgraded version of the 780G and keeps a lot of the same features. Many motherboard manufacturers have been making products with the new chipset and, of course, ASUS is one of the top names. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will be examining the ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO Micro-ATX AM3 Motherboard. We will be specifically looking at the differences between this board, with the 785G chipset, and the similar 780G and 790GX chipsets. The ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO is being marketed as great combination for the Athlon-II line of processors because of its budget price-point. For this reason, Benchmark Reviews will be testing the ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO against older equipment in order to provide an idea of the upgradeability offered by this motherboard.
AMD has been stepping up their game over the last few years by releasing stable and effective chipsets that motherboard manufacturers have decided to use in their products. The recent trend for these valuable chipsets is to integrate them with graphics. The 780G and 790GX chipsets recently showed that AMD is serious about their products. In similar fashion, the release of the 785G chipset shows that they are taking steps to keep in line with product requirements. The recent adoption of DDR3 memory and the even more recent drop in DDR3 prices means that new chipsets need to incorporate this standard. The 785G improves on the 780G by supporting DDR3 memory.
The 785G chipset can pair with either the SB710 or SB750 southbridges, offering RAID 0, 1, and 10 compatibility. The SB750 has RAID 5 compatibility also, but we will be focusing on the SB710, since that is the southbridge used in the ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO. Additionally, the 785G chipset gets a facelift where the integrated graphics are concerned. The 780G chipset touted the Radeon HD 3200 graphics core, and even the 790GX, with the Radeon HD 3300, only really upgraded the clock speed of the graphics. The 785G now offers up the Radeon HD 4200 chipset, a prominent upgrade from the previous designs that still allows motherboard manufactures to keep a low price point. The HD 4200 graphics core The ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO uses the full spectrum of the 785G chipset and adds a lot of excellent features. ASUS is on top of the motherboard world and consistently provides quality products. I will be extremely surprised if the M4A785TD-M EVO is any different.
About ASUSTek Computer Inc.
ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, creative spirit and purity symbolized by this regal and agile mythical creature, soaring to new heights of quality and innovation with each product it introduces to the market.
ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era, with an extensive product portfolio that includes notebooks, netbooks, motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, desktop PCs, servers, wireless solutions, mobile phones and networking devices. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today's digital home, office and person. ASUS won 3,056 awards in 2008, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC. With a global staff of more than ten thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company's revenue for 2008 was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among BusinessWeek's InfoTech 100, and has been on the listing for 12 consecutive years.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc., also known as ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading provider of 3C (computers, communications and consumer electronics) total solutions, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.
To succeed in this ultra-competitive industry, great products need to be complimented by speed-to-market, cost and service. That's why all 100,000 over employees of ASUS strive for the "ASUS Way of Total Quality Management" to offer the best quality without compromising cost and time-to-market while providing maximum value to all customers through world-class services.