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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    The 785G does only two channel sound via HDMI though like the 780G:

    http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=629


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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    To be honest, Win7 XP Mode isn't amazing, as you can't install any drivers in it...

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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Anyway, now we've seen the first reviews of 785G and they look positive (particularly in respect to power draw), I've settled on a Sempron + 785G mobo for my new HTPC. I've finally persuaded my better half that the Q6600 + 8800GTX is just too power hungry for the job. The only question is what I do with that now...
    You could ditch the whole setup or sell the 8800GTX and get a more efficient card. The Q6600 can be undervolted after all.


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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The 785G does only two channel sound via HDMI though like the 780G
    Not a problem, I don't use HDMI anyway...
    Quote Originally Posted by sammorris View Post
    To be honest, Win7 XP Mode isn't amazing, as you can't install any drivers in it...
    That's missing the point of XP mode. It's a business tool for companies who want to take advantage of the benefits of Windows 7, but need guaranteed backwards-compatibility for legacy apps. It needs hardware virtualisation, and Intel have been very... erratic... in their implementation of it. It puts AMD in a strong position if any businesses choose to upgrade their PCs when they move to Windows 7...

    p.s. If you think a business upgrading their entire set of PCs in one go sounds far fetched: when I was working in Local Government back in about 2002, the authority I worked for upgraded their entire stock of office PCs practically overnight when they moved to Windows XP. I would guess that was well over 1000 desktops across the organisation. Large organisations do things like that; single core processors are more than adequate for general office work; hardware virtualisation on a cheap single-core processor is *exactly* the kind of thing businesses looking to move to Windows 7 will want to see.

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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    You could ditch the whole setup or sell the 8800GTX and get a more efficient card. The Q6600 can be undervolted after all.
    This is looking like the most probable option, I think, although with plenty of other PCs / laptops in the house it may be that we can do without. It'd leave us down a proper gaming machine though... ;(

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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    This is looking like the most probable option, I think, although with plenty of other PCs / laptops in the house it may be that we can do without. It'd leave us down a proper gaming machine though... ;(
    Sell the 8800GTX and you can get an HD4850 or HD4770 to replace it for a bit more money. The HD4750 is also being released in a few weeks time and this will be a bus powered HD4770 with slightly lower clocks. Of course there is the HD4860 too. These should all have better power consumption than a 8800GTX. Even a cheap GTS250 will do the job.

    IMHO,sell the stuff you don't need and put the money into buying new bits.


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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    but will you actually be able to buy any? :S
    Tbh nothing but a 4850 and maybe a 4770 would be an upgrade from an 8800GTX, so the only advantage is lower power. On that note, A 4750 would be a better idea.

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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    I think ATI shot themselves in the foot with the HD4770 IMHO. They should have released it much later with sufficient stock as their existing cards are doing the job well.


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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    Agreed. The 40nm process still doesn't seem to be putting out any products yet. Cutting it a bit fine for the DX11 generation orders.

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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    I reckon if I go down that route it'll be a 4850 or nothing, unless the next generation mid-range comes along and slays it completely. I can probably wait until some games come out that are actually worth playing though... Even my GMA X3100 laptop runs Neverwinter Nights acceptably...

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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    Indeed, so many games I play would even run well on my fileserver, especially my work PC, let alone my gaming PC. For instance, right now four 4870s are playing rollercoaster tycoon (the original) - lmao. it's even lagging slightly because its in a window (which IIRC is software rendered)

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    Re: Single Core 45nm Semprons in the wild!

    I beat you all!! Muhahahhahah!

    I harnessed the power of the mighter SIS M661MX to play SS2 and Unreal recently!!

    TBH,if it were not for Crysis and Crysis Warhead I would probably have used my x1900gt until this year. Bioshock,GRAW2 and Stalker all run fine on lower settings and resolutions using it.


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