AMD 780G Chipset and Athlon X2 4850e Preview

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News Posted: Tue, Mar 4 2008 8:26 AM

Just in case you missed it, we’re hitting the news page to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of AMD’s new 780G Chipset with integrated graphics and the new low-power Athlon 64 4850e processor.  Here's a snip from the piece...

“The 780G platform launching today combines the core logic expertise and graphics technology brought in from ATI with AMD’s latest low-power Athlon X2, yielding a very fast, very inexpensive platform that won’t rack up a substantial energy tab. Additionally, the chipset supports a new feature called Hybrid Graphics—a Vista-only capability that harnesses the power of an add-in card, combines it with the integrated engine, and gives you a CrossFire-like experience at a price point so low that AMD doesn’t want to call it CrossFire. Sounds like just the ticket for cost-conscious gamers eager to hang with the big boys.”

AMD 780G Chipset and Athlon X2 4850e Preview



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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Mar 4 2008 9:20 AM

The future looks extremely bright for AMD chipsets. I must admit those gaming benchmarks are imperssive for the hybrid solutions. Actually playable with max settings also O_O...although the lack of AA and set to 1024x768..But considering how much the solution costs...still a steal. I'm wondering when will see ATI's PowerXpress features. Dying to see the dynamic switching between the discrete card and IGP based on load. Definitely some very cool stuff! 

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Still not impressed by onboard graphics, although this is coming close.  Low power is nice.  A cheap way to get some Orange Box gaming in. 

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wolf2009 replied on Tue, Mar 4 2008 10:58 AM

nice technology , AMD graphics wise looks good . 

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It does look pretty promising -- reading about the chipsets make me kinda excited; possibly could compete with Intel's chipset current designs, no? Lol that could be stretching it....but I really like the innovation with the "crossfire" onboard setup.

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You know, I was just thinking how awesome it would be if AMD came out with a motherboard that had a 3850 as onboard graphics and retailed for $199 or less.  That's what they need, a true gaming motherboard that needs to external video card.  And if course it would be able to x-fire with any of the 3800 family.

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Kamrooz replied on Mon, Mar 10 2008 3:57 PM

 That level of performance for onboard will happen, but not for another 2-3 years =P. But who knows...Hard to predict what AMD has up their sleeves...After all, this PowerXperss and Hybrid Crossfire is truely original...As always, nvidia follows suit =P.

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methious replied on Mon, Mar 10 2008 7:45 PM

 

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You know, I was just thinking how awesome it would be if AMD came out with a motherboard that had a 3850 as onboard graphics and retailed for $199 or less.  That's what they need, a true gaming motherboard that needs to external video card.  And if course it would be able to x-fire with any of the 3800 family.

 

If they do that it'd hinder the sales of their add in graphic cards.  Companies aren't known to cut their own throats.  Their new hybrid is a good setup for a mid level game machine, I don't see them going beyond mid range. 

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ice91785 replied on Mon, Mar 10 2008 9:09 PM

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If they do that it'd hinder the sales of their add in graphic cards.  Companies aren't known to cut their own throats.  Their new hybrid is a good setup for a mid level game machine, I don't see them going beyond mid range.

But what is to stop a guy (hardcore gamer) from setting up an expensive crossfire setup with top-o-the-line cards with the 780G.....and perhaps also allow the onboard to sort of add to the setup for a hybrid 3-way crossfire?

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Chris: Magnificent article!  I wish you would have also touched issues related to AHCI mode.  This mother board is selling like hot cakes.Thank you. Rajendra

 

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Grahf replied on Sat, Mar 29 2008 12:28 AM

Too bad AMD's CPUs are faultering a bit. It is detracting attention from some really nice chipset work AMD/ATI integration has been achieving. 

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