Gigabyte MA785GPMT-UD2H 785G Motherboard

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Gigabyte MA785GPMT-UD2H 785G Motherboard

December 6, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

Gigabyte MA785GPMT-UD2H
AMD AM3 mATX Motherboard
Street Price

A few months back we reviewed a pair of 785G boards from Asus and MSI. 785G brought better integrated graphics, DDR3 memory support and a better Southbridge chip, improvements which put it just a step behind the premium 790GX chipset. Since then, 785G has replaced 780G as the AMD's mainstream chipset thanks to aforementioned enhancements and the great value they offer. Pull any 785G board out of a pile and you'll find a stacked feature-set and an excellent price-tag. Teaming up such a board with one of AMD's affordable, yet formidable Athlon quad core processors gives a budget PC enthusiasts a cheap, fast platform to build on.

The box.

Today we are looking at Gigabyte's implementation of 785G in the form of the MA785GPMT-UD2H, mainly with regard to power consumption but in other areas as well. The board is one of three mATX AM3 solutions offered by Gigabyte, the others being the MA785GMT-UD2H and MA785GMT-US2H. Deciphering their model numbers is a bit of a task. "MA" means AMD or AM2/3, "785G" is the name of the chipset obviously, "P" denotes the presence of Sideport memory to speed up the onboard graphics, while the "M" is for microATX. "UD" stands for "Ultra Durable" which is explained on the the box pictured above, and "US" must mean "Ultra ___" — well we'll let you use your imagination to fill in the blank. The "T" and "2H" seem to be fillers as far as we can tell — you can never have too long a model number. To summarize, the model we're testing is the most fully loaded.

Despite being their high-end 785G board, the accessories are a bit lacking.

Specifications: Gigabyte MA785GPMT-UD2H
(from the product web pages)
CPU 1. Support for AM3 processors: AMD PhenomTM II processor/ AMD Athlon™ II processor
Hyper Transport Bus 1. 5200 MT/s
Chipset 1. North Bridge: AMD 785G
2. South Bridge: AMD SB710
Memory 1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory (Note 1)
2. Dual channel memory architecture
3. Support for DDR3 1800 (OC)/1666/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
Integrated Memory 1. 128MB DDR3 SidePort memory
Onboard Graphics Integrated in the North Bridge:

1. 1 x D-Sub port
2. 1 x DVI-D port (Note 2) (Note 3)
3. 1 x HDMI port (Note 3)
Audio 1. Realtek ALC889A codec
2. High Definition Audio
3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
4. Support for Dolby Home Theater
5. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
6. Support for CD In
LAN 1. Realtek 8111C chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots 1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot (PCIEX16 - conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
2. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
3. 2 x PCI slots
Storage Interface South Bridge:

1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
2. 5 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 5 SATA 3Gb/s devices
3. 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 3Gb/s device
4. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and JBOD iTE IT8718 chip:1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
USB Integrated in the South Bridge: Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, 8 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
IEEE 1394 T.I. TSB43AB23 chip: Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Internal I/O Connectors 1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
3. 1 x floppy disk drive connector
4. 1 x IDE connector
5. 5 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
6. 1 x CPU fan header
7. 1 x system fan header
8. 1 x North Bridge fan header
9. 1 x front panel header
10. 1 x front panel audio header
11. 1 x CD In connector
12. 1 x S/PDIF In/Out header
13. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
14. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
15. 1 x parallel port header
16. 1 x serial port header
17. 1 x chassis intrusion header
18. 1 x power LED header
19. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors 1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard port or PS/2 mouse port
2. 1 x D-Sub port
3. 1 x DVI-D port (Note 3)(Note 4)
4. 1 x HDMI port (Note 4)
5. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
6. 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
7. 1 x IEEE 1394a port
8. 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
9. 1 x RJ-45 port
10. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller 1. ITE IT8718 chip
H/W Monitoring 1. System voltage detection
2. CPU/System temperature detection
3. CPU/System fan speed detection
4. CPU overheating warning
5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
6. CPU/System fan speed control (Note 4)
BIOS 1. 2 x 8 Mbit flash
2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
3. Support for DualBIOS™
4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features 1. Support for @BIOS
2. Support for Q-Flash
3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
4. Support for Download Center
5. Support for Xpress Install
6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
7. Support for EasyTune (Note 5)
8. Support for Easy Energy Saver
9. Support for Time Repare
10. Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software 1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System 1. Support for Microsoft Windows Vista/ XP
Form Factor 1. Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.3cm x 24.3cm
Note (Note 1) Due to Windows Vista/XP 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
(Note 2) The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
(Note 3) Simultaneous output for DVI-D and HDMI is not supported.
(Note 4) Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.
(Note 5) Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
Remark 1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.
2. Due to most hardware/software vendors no longer offer support for Win9X/ME. If some vendors still has Win9X/ME drivers available, we will publish on website.

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