ASRock M3A785GXH/128M Motherboard Review

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ASRock M3A785GXH/128M

ASRock m3A785GXH/128M

Back in June of this year Legit Reviews wrote an article reviewing the ASRock M3A780GXH/128M.  That board proved to be a formidable overclocker with a surprisingly low price point or $89.99.  Today, we are looking at that board’s successor, the ASRock M3A785GXH/128M equipped with AMD’s new 785G chipset.  This ASRock 785G board features native HDMI with HDCP, the Radeon HD 4200 IGP with 128mb of DDR3, 140w processors, AOD ACC, and is EuP Ready.  This board is well suited for gamers on a budget or for a high performance HTPC.

 Below is a list of the board’s features as listed in the product manual:

  • Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD Phenom™ II X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) and Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 processors
  • ASRock DuraCap (2.5 x longer life time), 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
  • Supports CPU up to 140W
  • AMD 785G + SB710 Chipsets
  • Supports AMD OverDrive™ with ACC feature (Advanced Clock Calibration)
  • FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
  • Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 1600(OC)/1333/1066/800 (4 x DIMM slots) non-ECC, un-buffered memory, Max. capacity up to 16GB
  • Integrated AMD Radeon HD 4200 graphics, DX10.1 class iGPU, Shader Model 4.1, Max. shared memory 512MB
  • Built-in 128MB DDR3 1333(OC)/1200MHz SidePort Memory
  • Supports ATI™ CrossFireX™, Hybrid CrossFireX™ and 3-Way CrossFireX™
  • 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (green @ x16 mode, blue @ x8 mode, orange @ x4 mode)
  • Three VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI
  • Supports HDCP function
  • Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback
  • 6 x SATAII 3.0 GB/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions
  • 1 x eSATAII Port
  • Supports 2 x IEEE1394 ports (one port on back panel, one header on board)
  • PCIE Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
  • Supports ASRock Instant Boot, Instant Flash
  • Supports Smart BIOS, EZ OC, ASRock OC Tuner, Intelligent Energy Saver
  • EuP Ready
  • 7.1 CH Windows® Vista™ Premium Level HD Audio (ALC888Audio Codec).
  • Windows® Vista™ Premium 2008 Logo Ready
  • I/O Panel: 1 x VGA/D-Sub Port, 1 x VGA/DVI-D Port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port, 1 x IEEE 1394 port, 1 x eSATAII Port,1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED, 6 x USB 2.0 Ports
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