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AMD 790FX vs. NVIDIA 780a Chipsets - Test System Setup and Memory Performance

With Phenom's B3 revision chips showing more strength, we pit the top motherboard chipsets from AMD and NVIDIA today.

| Editorials in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Apr 11, 2008 4:00 am

Test System

 

Processor: AMD Phenom x4 9850 2.5GHz (Supplied by AMD)

 

Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1186 Geil (Supplied by Geil)

 

Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 (Supplied by Seagate Australia)

 

Graphics Card: MSI GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (Supplied by MSI)

 

Cooling: GIGABYTE 3D Galaxy II (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2

 

Drivers: ATI Catalyst 8.3, Forceware 163.21, NVIDIA Platform Driver Beta

 

Today our test systems consist of only an AMD Phenom X4 processor setup with both our 780a and 790FX boards from ASUS. We are testing out the chipset features and performance on each. We are doing simple chipset tests with no overclocking at this stage, as the 780a is only in its infancy and overclocking isn't quite up to speed yet.

 

EVEREST Ultimate Edition

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2006

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com

 

Buy It Here

 

 

EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems.

 

 

 

AMD's CPU integrated memory controller eliminates the chipset from this test. Both platforms perform identically.

 

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