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AMD 740G chipset

Post by prodeous » Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:54 pm

New unannounced chipset, AMD 740G

http://www.pcper.com/#NewsID-5998

From the look its a 55nm shrink of AMD 690 (80nm).

Checked some internet shops in Poland, and area already available.
The greatest strength of this platform is likely the power consumption. At idle, with 2GB of memory, a 500 GB HD, a BD drive, and a X2 4050e, the system is pulling a very meager 55 watts from the wall. At full load it is pulling 91 watts.
Would be nice to have a confirmation of this.

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Post by prodeous » Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:45 pm

One question that sits in my mind, will the Overdrive tool even support this chipset?

Granted its a 7xx series, but its just a die shrink of the 690 + HD decoder (udv or uvd... dont' recall)

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Post by BillyBuerger » Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:44 am

I've seen this Gigabyte 740G board on NewEgg for months now. I think it came out right around the same time as the 780g. Although there was very little info about it. I don't think AMD had anything on their site at the time. I didn't think that it had the UVD stuff which is why I spent the extra money for the 780G for my HTPC. (Although I'm having stability issues with that and is currently RMA at Gigabyte) The article also suggests that it was no better than a 690G for blu-ray playback. So it obviously doesn't use the same UVD stuff that the 780G does. I figured it would make a good buisness type PC. I have a 690G motherboard myself in my work PC and it's been just fine.

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Post by prodeous » Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:59 am

That is interesting.

I guess PCperspective has its facts messed up
The heart of the 740G is essentially the same as the previous 690G. The X700 based integrated part is SM 2.0 compliant, and it has the newer Avivo HD/UVD portion fused onto the design. All of this is then rolled up in one 55 nm package.
One possibility is that it has one, but it is still not on par with the one in the 780G...?

Or drivers are still messed up.

But i have been considering this as a base for a cluster I would like to build. Due to low power, and possibliy some Athlon x2 3800 SFF (35W) or some 45W chip. Best case would be Phenom e (65w) or the new 45nm..

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Post by Mariner » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:39 am

The 740G doesn't have the integrated UVD part. If it did, the various companies selling motherboards containing this chipset would be advertising it as such and they don't.

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Post by prodeous » Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:14 am

I agree that the information is strange, but that is the only piece of information.

This is probably the closest piece of informaiton from AMD's website. Like all marketing, not quite reveling.

Built for The Ultimate Visual Experienceâ„¢
The AMD 740G Chipset with ATI Radeon™ 2100 Graphics technology helps display your digital photos in brilliant, true-to-life clarity. Experience ATI Avivo™ technology that delivers smooth video playback of HD videos and your favorite home movies on your PC or display them on your big screen through HDMI or DVI*. Take advantage of Microsoft Windows Vista® or Micorsoft® Windows® XP for an immersive computing environment. The AMD 740G offers some of today's latest entertainment technologies for price conscious consumers.
But then the 690 also kind of did that too. Be nice to see some good reviews.

But even without it, due to the 55nm shrink, i'd really like to see more reviews with power usage results. :)

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Post by Lawrence Lee » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:53 am

prodeous wrote: But even without it, due to the 55nm shrink, i'd really like to see more reviews with power usage results. :)
I guess I can throw you a bone...

Gigabyte MA74GM-S2: 31W idle
Asus M2A-VM HDMI: 40W idle

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Post by prodeous » Sat Aug 16, 2008 9:01 am

Lawrence Lee, i will tell you, that is one delicious bone you have thrown.

i wonder what it is at max ;) (care to throw another one?) hihi

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Post by prodeous » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:15 am

Also, what CPU do you have pluged in?

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Post by Lawrence Lee » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:42 am

Our standard AM2 mobo test configuration so 4850e. No other info til the review gets written/posted.

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Post by prodeous » Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:44 am

Ohh, you are doing a review of it... cool, no more questions then :)

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Post by djon » Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:05 am

Hmm all these different power consumption specs sure doesn't make it easy to choose the right hardware...

Here it is listed as using 70 w idle.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/G45 ... 99-10.html

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Post by Vicotnik » Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:29 am

Don't listen to Tom djon. He's full of crap most of the time.

I think the test setup would explain the difference. I doubt we'll see a PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 ATX PSU in a SPCR review for example.

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Post by prodeous » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:55 pm

You have to remember one thing.

The hardware setup could be different between what THG and the information presented here.

We just have to wait for the review.

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