The socket defines which CPUs are compatible and will fit into the motherboard
CPU Compatible Make
This is the manufacturer of the CPUs that are compatible with this motherboard
This is the name of the chipset, the parts of the motherboard circuit that manage data flow between PC components
Form factor is the motherboard's physical size standard, which dictates what cases it will fit into and can limit expansion capabilities
32 GB DDR3
This is the maximum amount of RAM the motherboard can accommodate
4 x DDR3
This is how many slots there are for the different RAM types in this motherboard
Multi-channel memory architecture increases memory data transfer speeds
Compatible RAM Speeds
- DDR3 1333 MHz
- DDR3 1600 MHz
- DDR3 1866 MHz
The motherboard is compatible with only these types of RAM
Graphics Card Interface
The graphics card interface is the specific technology the motherboard uses to communicate with the graphics card
1 graphics cards
SLI support allows your motherboard to utilize multiple connected Nvidia graphics cards for improved performance
1 graphics cards
Crossfire support allows your motherboard to utilize multiple connected AMD graphics cards for improved performance
PCI slots are hardware containers that can be used to house any compatible PCI component
Serial ATA (SATA) 1.0 is an old technology used to connect slower hard drives
Serial ATA (SATA) 2.0 is still commonly used for theoretical hard drive speeds of up to 3GB/s
Serial ATA (SATA) 3.0 is an increasingly popular hard drive standard that can theoretically reach hard drive speeds of up to 6GB/s
- 1 x 24 pin power connector
- 1 x 4 pin power connector
These are the internal connections for items such as fans and power
Back Panel I/O
- DVI connector"
- Line In Connector
- Mic In connector
- 7.1 Surround Sound
- Audio Input Output
These are the back panel connections primarily for peripherals such as speakers
The MSI MS-7778 (Jasmine) uses the AMD Socket FM2 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the latest DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1866 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 32 GB RAM.
The UTX, or uATX form factor is analagous to the Micro-ATX form factor. The UTX MSI MS-7778 (Jasmine) should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.
The MSI MS-7778 (Jasmine) has 6 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.
The MSI MS-7778 (Jasmine) does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the MSI MS-7778 (Jasmine)'s PCIe v2.x.
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HP Pavilion 500-017c Desktop PC crossfire
Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:10 PM
different games, different pipelines. the 7770 is prolly the one that will give the best compatibility with your configuration. but it requires an additional 6 pin power plugin off of the power supply. the r7 250 does not. i will look into your hp further for the crossfire capability, if it does offer crossfire with your apu, i would go with the r7 250.
ok, crossfire is capable, with a specific uefi bios tweak procedure (legacy boot, turn off safe boot, then turn on integrated graphics. all that in separate boots. so, the R7-250 is compatible in crossfire with your setup. if the discreet option is standalone, then the 7770 is the way to go.
either way, i always have liked the asus radeon cards, and be sure to get the gddr5.