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Home » Motherboard
ASRock 880GXH/USB3 Motherboard
Author: Gabriel Torres
Type: First Look Last Updated: June 3, 2010
Page: 1 of 9
Introduction

The new AMD 880G chipset is based on Radeon HD 4250 graphics engine, which is a slower version of the graphics engine used on AMD 890GX (Radeon HD 4290). This way 880G-based motherboards are cheaper than 890GX-based ones. Let’s take a look at ASRock 880GXH/USB3, which brings USB 3.0 ports.

In the table below we provide a comparison between AMD 880G and other chipsets with integrated graphics from AMD.

Chipset

AMD 890GX

AMD 880G

AMD 785G

AMD 780G

AMD 760G

AMD 790GX

GPU Clock

700 MHz

560 MHz

500 MHz

500 MHz

350 MHz

700 MHz

Graphics Processors

40

40

40

40

40

40

Engine

HD 4290

HD 4250

HD 4200

HD 3200

3000

HD 3300

DirectX

10.1

10.1

10.1

10

10

10

PCI Express

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

South Bridge Chip

SB850

SB710

SB710

SB700

SB710

SB750

USB 2.0 Ports

14

12

12

12

12

12

SATA-300 Ports

None

6

6

6

6

6

SATA-600 Ports

6

None

None

None

None

None

RAID

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 10

0, 1, 10

0, 1, 10

0, 1, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

ATA-133 Ports

1 (2 devices)

1 (2 devices)

1 (2 devices)

1 (2 devices)

1 (2 devices)

1 (2 devices)

Other chipsets with on-board video from AMD include AMD 690V, AMD 690G, AMD 740G and AMD 780V. AMD 690V, AMD 690G and AMD 740G are based on a DirectX 9 graphics engine, while AMD 780V is based on a DirectX 10 one. AMD 780V is based on Radeon HD 3100 engine, which runs at 400 MHz – clock is the main difference between HD 3100, HD 3200 and HD 3300 engines.

As you may know by now, on systems with integrated video the video memory is achieved by stealing part of the main RAM. Chipsets from AMD have a feature called SidePort, which is an optional memory chip soldered on the motherboard in order to increase video memory. The portrayed motherboard doesn’t have this feature.

Now let’s take an in-depth look at ASRock 880GXH/USB3 motherboard.
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