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Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H review

Alan Lu
21 Sep 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
69
inc VAT

This microATX board is a superb choice for AM3 on a budget.

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Specifications

AM3, microATX, AMD 785G chipset, supports: Athlon II, Phenom II

Gigabyte's GA-MA785GMT-UD2H is the cheapest AM3 motherboard we've reviewed, and one of the first to use AMD's new 785GX Northbridge and SB710 Southbridge.

These aren't designed to rival high-performance 790-based boards, but to provide an inexpensive way of building an AM3 system.

There's plenty crammed on to this microATX motherboard, with four memory slots supporting 16GB of RAM, five SATA ports and the usual IDE and floppy connectors. There are two PCI slots and one PCI-E x1 slot, although the latter is placed up against the Northbridge heatsink. Fortunately, this didn't stop us installing any of our test cards.

On the back, there's room for just four USB ports and a single PS/2 port, but there are both FireWire and eSATA ports. The graphics processor, an ATI Radeon HD 4400, is the most powerful onboard GPU ATI has released to date. Sadly, our Call of Duty 4 test consistently crashed halfway through, probably due to unstable pre-release drivers.

If you want the most future-proof AMD motherboard possible, it makes sense to buy one with an AM3 socket. The GA-MA785GMT-UD2H doesn't have the performance of high-end AM3 motherboards such as Asus's M4A79T Deluxe, but it costs around half as much. Combine it with an Athlon II X2 240 processor and you have the basis of an AM3 system for under £120.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Processor socketAM3
Form factormicroATX
Size243x243mm
Processor supportAthlon II, Phenom II
Processor external bus200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Chipset north bridgeAMD 785G
Chipset south bridgeAMD SB710
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333/1666
Maximum memory speedPC3-10600
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£69
Supplierhttp://www.overclock.co.uk
Detailswww.gigabyte.eu

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots1
Dual graphics architecturenone
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots2
Fan headers2
Floppy ports1
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports5
RAID chipset (max disks)AMD SB710 (RAID 0, 1, 10, JBOD)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC889A (6x analogue out, HDMI, optical S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers4/4
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports1x PS/2, parallel header, serial header
Other portseSATA, HDMI, DVI, D-Sub
Cables included2x SATA, 1x IDE
Brackets includednone
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment500MHz

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