Equipping our AMD 780G board with an Athlon X2 BE-2350, we measured the lowest power consumption of any system in our lab so far during playback of a Blu-ray movie – a mere 73 Watts.
AMD also sent us a sample of the new Athlon X2 4850e which only drew 74.37 Watts when playing back a Blu-ray movie with PowerDVD 7.3. This processor is expected to hit the shelves within the next few weeks. With Cool’n’Quiet activated, the 4850e has the lowest idle power consumption of any CPU in our lab.
Since the on-board GPU handles all of the decoding operations for the H.264 and VC-1 codecs, the power consumption of the brawnier CPUs increases only marginally. Thanks to its four cores, the Phenom only draws 9 Watts more than the Athlon X2 BE-2350. Since the multi-threaded Cyberlink codec takes advantage of all of the Phenom’s four cores, the CPU can run at lower speeds, conserving energy.
- AMD's New 780G Chipset
- HD3400 in the Northbridge with additional Memory
- Smooth HD Playback with a Sempron 3200+
- HD-Video Benchmarks: Only 21.90 % CPU Load on a 3800+
- Output: Dual-Monitor, HDMI, Up to 4 Monitors
- Quad-Monitor Configuration
- Overclocking the graphics core by 90%
- Benchmarks - The HD3200 Graphics Unit of the 780G
- Benchmarks - Warhammer, Prey and Supreme Commander
- Benchmark Analysis - 3.5 times faster than the 690G
- Benchmark Analysis - 65% more Performance through Hybrid-Crossfire
- Power Consumption - 42 Watts when Idle at System Level
- Power Consumption - 73 Watts during Blu-ray Playback
- Southbridge - SB700 with 14 USB and 6 SATA Ports
- Cost of a basic HD-Capable System
- 24 Boards from 13 Companies Announced
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Settings
- Conclusion – Very fast on-board Graphics with HD Video Support