ASRock 880GXH/USB3 Motherboard

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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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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