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Despite the name, it’s actually virtually identidal to the Radeon HDAMD’s entry level discreet offering of around one year ago. High definition goodness Elsewhere, the news is better.
The system must be running Vista for Hybrid Graphics to be enabled, and it operates in manner similar to Crossfire. The board doesn’t have a single chipset cooling fan, so if you build carefully motherboafd can create a computer which is nearly silent.
Which in turn allows the use of a cheaper, cooler running and less powerful processor. The chipset architecture supports two onboard video outputs, analog and native digital.
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Motherborad if pricing is a sensitive issue for you. For Great high-definition feature set Includes hardware Blu-ray decode Extremely low power consumption. At idle the entire platform – chipset, graphics core, CPU, memory, the lot – consumes just 53 Watts. In the home theatre PC environment, noise is an unwelcome distraction.
That’s a great characteristic for a platform designed to run inconspicuously in the background. That’s the recipe for a great home theatre PC.
It boils down to the ability to boost 3D performance by pairing up a low-powered discreet graphics chip with the Radeon HD core in dual-GPU Crossfire rendering mode.
Getting hold of the right ingredients is another matter, however.
On paper, there’s little doubting that the G motherboard chipset has one of – if not the – most comprehensive feature sets of any mainstream integrated solution. But do yourself a favour. If it’s raw performance you crave, Intel’s chips currently have the edge. The AMD G and SB operate more energy efficiently than their predecessors, so the adm are passively cooled with simple aluminum heatsinks.
Well, one that supports AMD chips at least. It’s a super snazzy Windows-based overclocking tool that shows the industry just how this sort of thing should be done. Granted, the integrated Radeon HD core is the best of its kind, but it still can’t cope with modern PC games even at modest resolutions like x pixels.
G Drivers & Support | AMD
That translates into support for all the latest AMD processors, including single, dual and quad-core chips. Currently, only the distinctly low-end Radeon HD and add-in cards are compatible with Hybrid Crossfire.
To put it another way, AMD reckons the this chipset is capable of offload much if not all of the work involved in decoding high definition movie disks from the CPU. Elsewhere, the news is better.
AMD G chipset | TechRadar
Support for discreet graphics is provided by 16 full speed PCI Express 2. Where it does differ from the norm is the full compliment of digital and analogue video connections. With all that in mktherboard, we’re much more intrigued than we otherwise might be. Beginners Guides Cases and Access.
The power mothergoard for the G, for example, is pegged at just 0. Indeed we do, it’s a superb cut-price HTPC solution which we highly recommend.
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As you’d hope for an HTPC-centric board, it’s entirely passively cooled and hence essentially silent. It really does look like the killer home theatre solution we’ve been waiting for.
Radeon HD Memory support: Even under peak processor load it tops out at Watts. And we know how that turned out