The AMD 790GX Chipset Arrives – Asus M3A78-T Motherboard

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Test Setup

Benchmarks and Testing Setup:

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Test Platform:


Test Platform



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AMD Phenom X4 9850 CPU 


Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi

Asus M3A78-T (BIOS 0302) 

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Video Card

Albatron GeForce 9600GT


PNY XLR8 DDR2 1173 2GB Kit

Hard Drive

Western Digital 250GB, 16mb Cache


Corsair Nautilus

Power Supply

PC Power & Cooling 750

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit


All tests were run using a clean install of Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit. For our stock speed tests, we ran everything at default timings for the CPU.  Our stock speed testing on our DDR2 boards used a PNY XLR8 DDR2 1173 2 GB kit at 2.1 vDimm at DDR2 1066, and timings of 5-5-5-18 and 2T.  Our typical Corsair kit was unable to run on the 790GX board.  We contacted Corsair, and they are working on that as we speak.  Certainly it is a BIOS issue that will be worked out.  Until then, we had to switch to the PNY to do our testing.

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