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AMD's 785G chipset makes a splash at COMPUTEX

by Parm Mann on 1 June 2009, 15:41

Tags: J&W Technology

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Walking around the halls at COMPUTEX '09, you could easily be fooled into believing that it's an Intel P55 world - as far as motherboards are concerned, at least.

However, that's anything but the case, as AMD's 785G chipset is making a strong showing for the competition. The chipset isn't due at retail until the third quarter of 2009, but making our way past J&W's stand revealed an early 785G board sitting out on display.

Supporting socket AM3, the 785G + SB750 chipset utilises the best of AMD's Phenom II and ATI's Radeon HD 4200 IGP. The latter is believed to be clocked at 500MHz, and as a Radeon HD 4000-series product, it brings with it support for DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2 - all tucked away neatly on the northbridge.

J&W's board - dubbed the JW-785GXM-EXTREME - provides HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs, as well as Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, and FireWire connectivity. Looks a useful solution, but what we'd really be interested in seeing is AMD's 785G chipset shoehorned into a mini-ITX form factor. In the value space, such a board coupled with a Phenom II processor could be mighty useful.

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Is that lone SATA port next to the onboard audio being bullied by the other SATA ports.
It got called names for being the token eSATA breakout slot connector. Likely due to the number of connectors on the backplate, if there's eSATA it'll be on a bracket.
The article already states it has eSATA. So that single SATA is either for a second eSATA breakout or you have the ability to use that SATA link as either internal or external.

Or it really is being bulied by the others :)
I've had a couple of boards with a lone SATA port there and in the manual it eludes to using it to raid with an eSATA drive (with that SATA and the eSATA being on the same controller)

I would also like to think that if a motherboard sports “eSATA”, it doesn't just bundle a SATA>eSATA cable…..but that's just me :P