MSI KA760GM: 780G Minus the HD

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MSI KA760GM: AMD 760G Chipset?

Mar. 23, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

Product MSI KA760GM
AMD AM2+ Motherboard
Manufacturer MSI
Street Price US$70?

In January AMD announced a new integrated motherboard chipset you've probably never heard of: 760G. With all the excitement around Phenom II and AM3, it's little wonder that a new entry-level integrated chipset failed to generate any fanfare, essentially falling through the cracks. 760G is a budget version of the venerable 780G chipset — does it offer anything new or is it simply 780G with a few cut corners?

AMD's chipset specification page lists a variety of features that are not new: DirectX 10, HyperTransport 3.0, PCI Express 2.0, ATI Hybrid Graphics, SurroundView, and Cool n' Quiet 2.0. The only item listed that we've never seen before is a "next generation" southbridge, SB710. Excited yet? Don't be — it is simply SB700 with support for Advanced Clock Calibration" which is suppose to enhance CPU overclocking when using AMD's Overdrive application. We found only one other noteworthy piece of text in their literature:

ATI Avivo is the advanced image and video processing and display technology found in ATI Radeon™ graphics that enables:

  • brilliant colors, sharp images and smooth playback of DVD content
  • performance that rivals high-end DVD players

It features ATI Avivo, not Avivo HD or UVD, plain old Avivo, ATI's first generation GPU video decoding/encoding/post-processing technology. Not only that, but they specifically single out DVD playback rather than Blu-ray and do not mention the H.264 or VC-1 codecs. It appears 760G lacks the ability to offload HD video decoding to its HD 3000 GPU.

'V' stands for 'value' perhaps.

760G will be represented today by MSI's KA760GM, a simple, mATX motherboard.

The model number is not yet listed on MSI's site, but the basic features are listed on the box.

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