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The Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard is the first platform based on the new AMD 780G chipset.

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Pros

Connect up to 4 displays with Hybrid CrossFireX - 3rd, and 4th display requires additional graphics card

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DirectX 10.1 compliant

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low power consumption

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Can power dual monitor right out of the box

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Includes 2 high quality SATA cables

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HDMI output

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Best IGP solution (March 2008)

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Nicely color-coded backplate with clear labels

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Optical S/PDIF output

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GPU decoding of HD codecs makes this board HD compatible with a relatively slow CPU

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Integrated Gigabit Ethernet

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Cons

Only one DVI output; one monitor has to run VGA in dual setup.

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Can't use HDMI and DVI at the same time

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The Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard is the first platform based on the new AMD 780G chipset. This new chipset includes a DirectX 10.1-compliant graphics core reused from the Radeon HD 3200; with AMD making use of ATI technology inherited from the July 2006 merger of AMD and ATI. The AMD 780G chipset enables decode acceleration of Blu-ray movie playback, second-generation PCI Express, Hybrid CrossFire, a new SB700 south bridge, and a Phenom-ready HyperTransport 3 processor link. The GA-MA78GM-S2H retails for $95.

AMD 780G Chipset
  1. Supports AMD AM2+ Phenom/ AM2 Athlon64 series processors
  2. Solid capacitors design in CPU VRM
  3. Dual Channel DDR2 1066
  4. Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200-based graphics (DX10)
  5. Ultimate graphics performance with PCI-E 2.0 x16 interface with ATI Hybrid CrossFireX support
  6. Integrated SATA 3Gb/s with RAID function
  7. Features high speed Gigabit Ethernet and IEEE1394
  8. High quality 106dB SNR ALC889A HD audio
  9. Integrated HDMI/ DVI interface with HDCP

Refer to manufacturer's product page for more details.

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Erik
10/23/2008 10:22

Get the new ATI chipset/VGA drivers. Makes a huge difference.

A word of caution: when upgrading, I did boot into incompatible drivers the first time around so I was only running a painful VGA setup, but then I reinstalled and rebooted, and that fixed it.

Erik
10/21/2008 05:05

The performance of the video card sucks for some reason with my setup. Tasks such as dragging tabs in Google Chrome, and moving charts in Excel are PAINFULLY slow. I'm on XP Pro. Anybody experience this or know of a good workaround? New drivers? Dedicating more RAM to the video card?

Yaminb
06/29/2008 12:03

well i just costed a similar system as the one above. Not bad. I got a nice system built for around 430.00. Blasted windows costs too much. Something in my head thought the oem would be like 50 bucks. Turns out that vista basic oem is over 100.

should be comiing soon.

Maybe not the right place, but anyone have any experience with paid linux distros (suse, redhat, mandrake?). I use ubuntu on my laptop. Its decent but sometimes updates break things and stuff...and i have a quick upgrade trigger finger :P I'm going to use this as my main entertainment systme on my tv... i don't want things to break :)

Erik
06/26/2008 11:34

I just checked, and this mobo isn't listed, however the previous gen 690G mobo (Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H) is compatible. I think that this motherboard is also compatible with Ubuntu based on that thread I linked to, and the fact that it's not yet listed on the Ubuntu wiki is more of a function of it being new and the wiki not being up to date.

Dialupinternetuser
06/26/2008 08:41

Also, you can check here. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport

If it's listed there, it definitely is. If not, that doesn't mean it's not supported.

Erik
06/25/2008 05:52
Yaminb
06/25/2008 05:47

anyone know if ubuntu (linux) is supported with this mobo?

Erik
04/29/2008 10:21

I think HTPCs are making a comeback, largely because of mobos like this one. Low power, low cost, loaded with features (HDMI out, S/PDIF), and the ability to decode HD video make this very attractive. Have a look at the 46 Watt HTPC link above from Coding Horror for a parts list for your next build.

I'm hoping that HTPCs can replace your cable box, Blu-ray transport, Apple TV, and media streamer sometime soon.

Gt-d
04/04/2008 10:59

Slick motherboard, if I were in the market for a new rig this is certainly a possibility.

Will have to see at the end of the summer.

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