Gigabyte, ASUS RD790 Boards Surface
October 26, 2007 10:32 AM
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ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi
Gigabyte and ASUS debut new RD790-based boards.
ASUS and Gigabyte both announced boards based on
chipset. The AMD 790FX is the successor to AMD's dated 580X chipset and serves as AMD's new primary single and dual-processor platform. The new boards come with support for AMD's latest features, including compatability with AMD's upcoming Quad-Core desktop Phenom processors.
ASUS officially launched its M3A-MVP Deluxe WiFi, which comes with the latest bells and whistles. Highlights of the board include support for HyperTransport 3.0, 8-channel HD Audio, and Crossfire-support.
The most unique feature of the board, though, is its cooling system. Avid overclockers will be please to know that the board's memory slots come fitted with heatsinks that are connected to the central cooling system. The board's entire cooling system is passive, translating to less overall system noise, and is made of copper.
In addition to ASUS, Gigabyte is also releasing its first RD790 board, the Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6 Ultra Durable motherboard.
The board features support for AMD AM2+ Phenom desktop processors along with support for AM2 Athlon 64 processors and HyperTransport 3.0. The board also comes with 4 PCIe 2.0 slots, meaning it support ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology.
Similar to the M3A-MVP, the GA-MA790FX-DQ6 also comes based on a passive cooling system made out of copper, however, it doesn't include cooling for memory.
Gigabyte will also introduce two slightly cut down version of RD790, the GA-MA790FX-DS5 and the GA-MA780X-DS4. The GA-MA780X-DS4 will only feature a single PCIe x16 lane.
MSI previously also announced its
motherboard. The board supports Triple-Play Technology along with ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology.
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Memory Cooling ?
10/26/2007 12:27:03 PM
Considering the lack of objective testing on memory heatsinks this appears to be just another marketing tool. I have only seen one website test the efficiency of memory heatsinks on standard ATX boards, and that test indicated that the heatsinks actually caused the memory to run hotter. Its time for Anandtech or some other reputable site to do a definitive test on the cooling efficiency of memory heatsinks on the popular brands to see which if any really do anything besides add bling to the product and raise the price. I suspect most people would be better served by increased airflow over the memory instead of these cosmetic heatsinks.
RE: Memory Cooling ?
10/26/2007 1:36:55 PM
That was the problem with the memory I bought from OCZ. I bought some platinum DDR memory kits that filled up all four memory bank slots. I couldn't get it to run and after calling the tech support they stated it was designed to run only on two slots because the heat sinks needed room for airflow. So I decided to remove two of the heat sinks and left the other two on. That got my system running, but it was still freezing up during game play when at full load. So I removed the other two heat sinks and tada!, system ran fine afterwards. Can't overclock it any either. :(
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