Targeted at value conscious gamers, enthusiasts, and multimedia buffs, AMD’s new 790GX Northbridge and SB750 Southbridge is the most well rounded and feature-rich chipset for the AMD platform released to date. The platform should appeal to cost conscious consumers due to its strong performance, excellent IGP, and relatively affordable $150 (give or take) price point.
..AMD’s new 790GX chipset proved to be a solid performer throughout our entire battery of benchmarks. In all of the more processor and memory bound tests, the 790GX performed on-par with or slightly ahead of NVIDIA’s nForce 780a chipset and just behind AMD’s own 790FX. In terms of IGP performance, the 790GX outperformed offerings from both Intel and NVIDIA in both in-game benchmarks that we ran and by a very large margin.
The combination of a relatively low-cost Phenom quad-core CPU, a 790GX-based motherboard, and some inexpensive DDR2 memory, offers solid performance that won’t break the bank.