AMD unveils 780G chipset
AMD’s 780G integrated graphics chipset lives up to its potential, delivering an incredibly complete platform for mainstream desktops and home theater PCs within a surprisingly modest power envelope. With a little help from an energy-efficient Athlon X2 4850e, the 780G’s idle power consumption is nothing short of a revelation. And it’s not like the chipset has sacrificed features and performance in the name of power efficiency. The 780G packs in a DirectX 10-class integrated graphics core, PCI Express 2.0, loads of expansion ports and display output options, and a very impressive video decoder capable of smooth 1080p Blu-ray playback in any format, with even a budget CPU…
…Even through it falls short of perfection, AMD’s 780G is still the best integrated graphics chipset we’ve ever tested and a perfect platform for do-it-yourself home theater PCs. Intel’s integrated graphics performance just doesn’t measure up, and while Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce 8200 should provide stiffer competition, it’s not ready yet. You can buy Gigabyte’s 780G board today.
Simultaneously launched with the 780G is AMD’s Athlon X2 4850e, which is 2.5GHz and has a TDP of 45W. Motherboards with the 780G chipset should retail around the $100 mark, while the X2 4850e is worth around $89.