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The 740G is the entry-level chipset in AMD's 7-Series line of chipsets.

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Pros

supports 1080p HD video playback over HDMI out of the box - no additional graphics card required

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value - relatively budget friendly with a competitive feature set

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Low power consumption

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great for HTPC builds - powerful, consumes little power and comes with integrated video

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Cons

lacks AM2+ support

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aging chipset - hard to find

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lacks PCI-E 2.0 support - 1.0 only

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lacks HDCP over DVI - no way to play protected content

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larger graphics cards will block SATA ports

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The 740G is the entry-level chipset in AMD's 7-Series line of chipsets.  The 740G chipset comes integrated with the ATI Radeon 2100 graphics adapter.  A PCI-E 1x16 slot is reserved for an additional graphics card, as well as 4x1 PCI-E slots for other PCI devices.  The 740G is compatible with DDR2 SDRAM.  The socket supports AMD's Athlon64 and Phenom family of processors, as well as the Sempron chip.  The southbridge supports up to 12 USB 2.0 connections and 6 SATA-2 connections, including e-SATA devices.  The 740G supports AMD's Cool n' Quiet 2.0 technology, which allows for energy-efficient processor options and power-saving modes.

Features
  • Northbridge:  740G
  • Socket:  AM2+ (Athlon, Phenom, Sempron)
  • Integrated ATI Radeon 2100 graphics adapter
  • 1x16 PCI-E graphics, 4x1 PCI-E general-purpose
  • RAM:  DDR2 SDRAM
  • Southbridge:  SB600, SB700, SB750
  • 12 USB, 6 SATA-2 connections
  • DirectX9 IGP, HDMI 1.2
  • Hyper-Transport 1.0 Technology
  • Cool n' Quiet 2.0 Technology
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