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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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Starting off with the PCI Express expansion slots...


PCI Express expansion options include two x16 slots, a 2.0 x1 and x4 slot. Legacy devices are taken care of with two 32-bit PCI slots. If only one videocard is in use, the included VGA-Switch-Card directs x16 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth to the blue PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot. If both x16 slots are populated with videocards, bandwidth is split to x8/x8 mode.


Six SATA 6Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10) ports natively supported by the AMD SB850 chipset, and that's it for SATA. JMicron JMB361 controller supplies IDE and one eSATA port at the I/O panel. Four USB2.0 headers and one Firewire header add extra functionality, although the board does not ship with a complete set of brackets... bummer.


ASUS' M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 motherboard supports up to 16GB of DDR3 1066/1333MHz memory in four DIMMs, or 4GB for 32-bit operating systems. Memory can be overclocked to 1866MHz if the memory will tolerate it. At the far right are the Core-Unlocker and Turbo Key II switches, used to increase system CPU performance.


AMD Socket AM3 motherboards support newer 45nm chips like the Phenom II / Athlon II and Sempron processors, right through to AMDs upcoming 6-core 140W Phenom II X6. System bus is 5200MT/s, Hypertranport 3.


If you have a single PCI Express graphics card, install the VGA switch card in the grey x16 PCI Express slot. This directs all x16 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth to the remaining (blue) PCI Express x16 slot.


Passive heatsink for the AMD 890GX chipset/Radeon HD 4290 IGP.


AMD SB850 Southbridge


The NEC D720200F1 controller is what brings two USB 3.0 ports onto the ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro/USB3 motherboard (at the rear I/O). Two PCIe lanes are dedicated to USB 3.0 bandwidth.


The USB 3.0 ports on the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 are marked in blue, and are capable of 4.8Gb/s transfer speeds, or roughly 10x the speed of USB 2.0. The green slot is a powered eSATA port care of the JMicron JMB36X.

Now let's move on with some overclocking!

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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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