AMD launches 785G integrated graphics chipset

By on August 4, 2009, 11:19 AM
AMD has begun shipping its newest chipset, the 785G, to OEM partners today. As the name implies, there is very little separating 785G from its 780G predecessor, but that isnít necessarily a bad thing. The new chipset boasts a Radeon HD 4200 graphics processor complete with DirectX 10.1 support. The number of stream processors and clock speeds remain the same, however, thus gaming performance remains mostly unchanged Ė not that you would want to do some serious gaming using an IGP, anyway.

There are a number of improvements in the video and audio departments that will sure please the HTPC crowd. For starters, AMD has upgraded the 780G's HDMI 1.2 support to version 1.3 and jumped from UVD 1.0 to UVD 2.0 on the 785G. The ability to output multi-channel LPCM audio output over HDMI has been added, as well, although TrueHD and DTS-HD audio remain unsupported.

Aside from that, the new chipset brings full AM3 and DDR3 support for rather less than the relatively pricy 790 boards you'll need at the moment. For a more detailed look at AMD's integrated 785G graphics platform, you can read some reviews at: PC Perspective, Tomís Hardware and The Tech Report.

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raybay said:

Its good to see AMD unfolding their production a bit. It only bodes well for the future.

Guest said:

I will stick with Intel, thanks! Although the AMD products run well , they burn up real easy!

I find them far less durable and poor overclockers too. My Athlon 770 black edition @2.7 stock

barely made 3.0 before it crashed and died! My Intel E2180 pentium dual core @2.0 stock

easily oc to 2.7 by putting multi at 10 and mhz at 270 ! ot runs way cooler rarely crashes while overclocking, and is still running today. My AMD sits awaiting CPU and PSU!! wow only 3 months old , both built with same parts,

raybay said:

Rare to very rare in the shops... Perhaps they are less solid gamer machines, but we actually find them a little better for reliability as general use home and office machines. There is really nothing wrong with an AMD machine... and for the money and the average student, home, or office user, you get your money's worth.

After all, the high failure eMachines, Packard Bell of GB, Tiny, and a few others are Intel machines, not AMD.

Personal choice counts for a lot... but otherwise the perpetual contest between Intel and AMD really depends on the video graphics card, the CPU cooling, and whether you have an onboard or PCI ethernet card.

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