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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AMD 890GX Motherboard Review

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AMD 890GX Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 motherboard is built around the 55nm AMD 890GX and SB850 southbridge. It has 128MB of onboard DDR3-1333 sideport memory for the integrated DX10.1 ATI Radeon HD 4290 graphics. Its AM3 CPU socket will accommodate AMD Phenom II and Athlon II processors, right through to the six-core Phenom II X6.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Mar 02 2010   Julian Apong  
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HD Playback CPU Load, ATI Stream testing

Blu-Ray Disc HD Playback

The PCSTATS Blu-Ray HD content playback test scenario monitors average CPU utilization. Lower CPU utilization values are best, provided video playback remains smooth and stutter free. IGP platforms output video to an ASUS MK241 wide screen 1920x1200 (1080P) resolution LCD display via HDMI cable. The Blu-Ray movie "10,000 BC" (VC1 encrypted) is then played back from Chapter 22 on an ASUS BC-1205PT Blu-ray combo drive, using WinDVD Platinum software and the average fluctuation of CPU load recorded. Lower results are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportBlu-Ray Content Playback Tests (BR-DVD)
Integrated Graphics Solution: % CPU Utilization Ranking
Intel GMA X4500HD 32 - 38%
AMD HD 4290 6 - 11%
AMD HD 4200 7 - 10%
AMD HD 3300 6 - 14%
Nforce 750a 18 - 20%

Under testing we found that Blu-Ray playback wasn't a huge tax on the AMD 89GX chipset, as anticipated.

Hard Drive HD 720p/1080i Playback

Playing high definition content on current generation PCs can bog down even the fastest processors because there is more data to handle. To test the integrated graphics processor's capabilities at HD content accelerating capabilities, we played the High Definition video clip, "The Discoverers" at 720P and 1080i from the hard drive while monitoring the percentage of CPU utilization through Task Manager. Lower results are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportHDD 720p/1080i Video Playback (Discoverers Video Clip)
720P (Avg): %CPU Utilization Ranking
ASUS P5Q-EM (IGP G45) 9
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro/USB3 (IGP HD 4290) 8
Gigabyte MA-785GMT-UD2H (IGP HD 4200) 10
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (IGP HD 4200) 10
ASUS M4A78T-E (IGP HD 3300) 17
ECS A780GM-A (IGP HD 3200) 30
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (IGP 3000) 35
Biostar Tpower N750 (IGP nF 750a) 24
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (IGP GF 8200) 60
1080i (Avg): %CPU Utilization Ranking
ASUS P5Q-EM (Onboard G45 ) 12
ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro/USB3 (IGP HD 4290) 16
Gigabyte MA-785GMT-UD2H (IGP HD 4200)

15

ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (IGP HD 4200) 16
ASUS M4A78T-E (onboard HD 3300 video) 20
ECS A780GM-A (Onboard HD 3200 Video 53
Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H (Onboard Video) 49
Biostar Tpower N750 (onboard nF 750a video) 18
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (onboard GF 8200 video) 64

Again, CPU utilization here on the ASUS M4A89GTD-PRO/USB3 motherboard system is minimal. High Definition video will have no problem playing back on this hardware.

ATI Stream - Hardware Encoding Acceleration Test

To test out hardware acceleration of the desktop under ATI Stream, we used Cyberlink's MediaShow Espresso. It's a transcoding program that can take advantage of both CPUs and GPUs in order to convert video files from one format to another. MediaShow Espresso has a very simple interface for adding new files and several transcoding presets to make it easy to get your videos formatted properly. Using the HD trailer for Pixar's movie Up!, original file format being a 1920x1080 Quicktime.MOV file, encoded in H.264-avc1. MediaShow Espresso transcoded the video into a 1080p mpeg-2 file.

This test is very CPU dependent, so comparisons are between individual tests with and without hardware acceleration toggled on.

Hardware

Transcode Time

ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro / PII X4 955 BE (HD 4290 IGP, no h/w acceleration)

2:14

ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro / PII X4 955 BE (HD 4290 IGP h/w decoding enabled)

2:12

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO / PII X4 955 BE (HD 4200 IGP, no h/w acceleration)

2:12

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO / PII X4 955 BE (HD 4200 IGP h/w decoding enabled)

1:49

As you can see, there was oddly very little change between tests with and without hardware acceleration enabled. Being that PCSTATS was testing with Beta 10.3 drivers at the time of this review, it's likely that's the culprit at play...

Next up PCSTATS summarizes everything we've told you about the ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro motherboard and the shinny new AMD 890GX/SB850 chipsets.

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Contents of Article: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
 Pg 1.  ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AMD 890GX Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ATI Radeon HD 4290 Integrated Graphics
 Pg 3.  Introducing the AMD 890GX / SB850 Chipsets
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 5.  Overclocking CPU/IGP Tests and ASUS OC Software Report
 Pg 6.  Inside the BIOS Options
 Pg 7.  Power/SATA3 Benchmarks, Test System Specs
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 12.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 13.  DX10 Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 14.  — HD Playback CPU Load, ATI Stream testing
 Pg 15.  AMD 890GX for Media Center? Yes

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