Summary: There's something about the Gigabyte GA-MA78GM motherboard that's made me really excited about the whole concept of HTPC and Media Center PCs. In the past, I've always been disappointed with the performance of onboard graphics. Usually, the onboard GPU would be based on previous generation of 3D technologies, using shared system memory as its video buffer.
Pros: - AMD's latest 780G chipset, - Integrated graphics with performance equivalent to a Radeon HD3200?, - Supports DX10 and Hybrid Graphics technology, - Perfect for system builders and HTPC users
Summary: Gigabyte's latest motherboard is small, but it packs plenty of punch. It includes modern connectivity options and even allows you to run two monitors off its integrated graphics. If you're on a budget and want to build a small, yet potent PC, this board is a worthy choice.
Pros: Versatile integrated graphics, plenty of connections, four memory slots, supports Phenom CPUs
Cons: The 'hybrid' feature isn't documented in the manual
Summary: AMD 780G has proved so multifunctional, high-quality, and attractive a product, that it is really difficult to examine it from all the aspects within a single review. So, in the forthcoming reviews we'll be looking into such aspects like performance of 780G in Vista, performance in the Hybrid Crossfire mode, operation in multi-monitor configurations. We haven't yet finished with the overclocking - AMD has got the OverDrive utility in stock.
Pros: excellent stability and performance;, integrated graphic core Radeon HD3200;, one PCI Express x16 (PCI-E v2.0) slot;, support for Hybrid Crossfire and SurroundView;, support for SerialATA II (6 links, RAID);, support for ParallelATA (1 link);, Gigabit LAN controller and integrated 8-channel High Definition Audio;, support for USB2.0 (12 ports) and Firewire (2 ports);, a pack of Gigabyte's proprietary technologies: (Q-Flash, EasyTune 5 Pro, FaceWizard, @BIOS, CMOS prof...