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ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASRock AM2V890-VSTA Socket AM2 motherboard is the first motherboard to cross PCSTATS test bench based on the VIA K8T890 chipset.
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Vintage VIA K8T890 for AM2 Worthwhile?

The general rule of thumb is that newer hardware is better than older hardware... or at least that's what we're led to believe. Inflated marketing budgets, fancy sounding names, and an abundance of extreme-ultra-super-platinum-diamond nomenclatures underscore incremental upgrades as revolutionary advancements.

Clearly this is not always the case.

The VIA K8T890 chipset has the capability of transforming a mainstream motherboard into a platform which can compete on the same level as other high-end models, but at less cost. When it comes to "features" like SLI or Crossfire, the VIA K8T890 chipset offers no support, yet when it comes to practical items like USB, PCI Express, SATA, networking and other everyday technologies the K8T890 chipset represents well.

It helps that AMD's Athlon64 architecture evens out the playing field for new and old alike, top of the line or entry level. If you haven't been following the latest AMD trends, the VIA K8T890 was originally released as a PCI Express solution for the Socket 939 K8 platform in late 2005, and as you can see, was ported over to Socket AM2 in this most recent revision. The K8T890's feature set is not as padded as what nVIDIA offers in its latest core logic, but if you're looking to build an entry level system or workstation PC, who really cares about dual videocards?

The ASRock AM2V890-VSTA motherboard retails for little more than $84 CDN ($75 US, £40GBP), half what an nForce 590 SLI based motherboard with all the bells and whistles costs. The AM2V890-VSTA has a concise feature set, but all the bases are covered. On the other hand, overclocking is not the ASRock AM2V890-VSTA's strength. Clearly, an overclock to 230MHz is less than mundane.

Don't let the VIA K8T890's relatively old age fool you, it is no slouch in terms of performance. As we've demonstrated in the benchmarks, the ASRock AM2V890-VSTA performed on par with its Socket AM2 competition. The SYSMark2004 and Office Productivity numbers are particularly telling as entry level mainstream motherboards generally handle these content creation/office application tasks just as well as enthusiast grade hardware.

In the gaming benchmarks, when equipped with a high-end video card the ASRock AM2V890-VSTA is easily able to keep up with nForce 590 SLI based motherboards. The results for Doom 3, FarCry and X3: Reunion underscore this point. Or, think of it this way, with the money you would have saved on a board like the ASRock AM2V890-VSTA, you could invest the difference in a faster gaming videocard. ;-)

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Contents of Article: Asrock AM2V890-VSTA
 Pg 1.  ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ASRock Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  Socket AM2 Heatsink Specs and Retention
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the ASRock motherboard
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  — Vintage VIA K8T890 for AM2 Worthwhile?

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