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Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 06 April 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO mATX AM3 Motherboard
AMD 785G Chipset and SB710
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO Features
M4A785TD-M EVO Specifications
Closer Look: ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO Detailed Features
Motherboard Testing Methodology
PCMark Vantage Benchmarks
Everest Benchmark Results
Cinebench Benchmarks
Resident Evil 5 Benchmarks
Passmark Benchmarks
ASUS AMD 785G Final Thoughts
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO Conclusion

PCMark Vantage Benchmark Results

Using synthetic benchmarks to compare one product to another has some distinct advantages when testing similar hardware, yet I have never found myself completely satisfied by the process. I have come to understand that they're important for comparing "apples to apples", and that the results are usually very consistent. But as with any synthetic benchmark, the numbers can often mean very little more than just numbers. We don't take a high score on a synthetic benchmark to mean that a product will/should perform well, and neither should you. The difference between projected performance and actual performance is the difference between fire and the fire-fly.

PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Operating Systems. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista or 7 PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs.

Regardless of whether the person benchmarking is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.

TV and Movies Suite

The tests in the TV and Movies Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista TV and Movies Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common TV and Movies usage. The TV and Movies Suite gives a separate PCMark TV and Movies Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. TV and Movies Suite include the following tests:

  • TV and Movies 1
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback: HD DVD w/ additional lower bitrate HD content from HDD, as downloaded from net
  • TV and Movies 2
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 19.39 MBps terrestrial HDTV playback
  • TV and Movies 3
    • HDD Media Center
  • TV and Movies 4
    • Video transcoding: media server archive to portable device
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 48 Mbps Blu-ray playback

Gaming Suite

The tests in the Gaming Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Gaming Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Gaming usage. The Gaming Suite gives a separate PCMark Gaming Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. Gaming Suite includes the following tests:

  • Gaming 1
    • GPU game test
  • Gaming 2
    • HDD: game HDD
  • Gaming 3
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • CPU game test
    • Data decompression: level loading
  • Gaming 4
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • GPU game test
    • CPU game test
    • HDD: game HDD

Music Suite

The tests in the Music Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Music Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Music usage. The Music Suite gives a separate PCMark Music Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. Music Suite includes the following tests:

  • Music 1
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • Web page rendering - w/ music shop content
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player
  • Music 2
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
  • Music 3
    • Audio transcoding: MP3 -> WMA
  • Music 4
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player

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As you can see, the M4A785TD-M EVO motherboard paired with the X2-255 processor has the clear advantage in the PCMark Vantage tests. The 785G Chipset, with its support for DDR3 memory, easily outpaces both of the older system configurations. While much of the difference here is due to the different hardware involved, it is most interesting that the M4A785TD-M EVO system easily outperforms Core 2 Duo machine by almost double in the Gaming benchmarks even when the on-board Radeon HD 4200 is competing against a 9800GTX+ graphics card. The increase in system bandwidth, processing power, and memory bandwidth certainly give us a clear winner with the M4A785TD-M EVO system.



 

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# The fuck?!Poxer 2012-10-03 05:49
Cons:
- Odd placement of the CPU power connector
It's #ing perfect?
- Large RAM modules may impede CPU Fan
An issue for most boards atm :(
- IGP wont play the latest games
No #? Who expect that from integrated graphics? It gives you graphical interfaces and can even play full hd movies very well. For anything more a dedicated card must be bought. This isn't a con, the oddly powerful igp is a pro.
- Needs more Fan connectors
Agreed, even thou it isn't very expensive or hard to buy (or make) molex to fan...
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