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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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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ASUS Mar 02 2010   J. Apong  
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Power/SATA3 Benchmarks, Test System Specs

Measuring Energy Efficiency

Energy efficient computers are a good thing, so it helps to know how power efficient, or power hungry different parts of a computer are when stressed with different tasks. Since it is very difficult to isolate a videocard or CPU and measure power draw separately, PCSTATS measures total system power draw with the aid of an Extech 380803 AC Power Analyzer and A-PFC compliant PC Power and Cooling 750W power supply. The meter is placed between the 120V AC outlet and the PC power supply. By stressing the test platform's graphics solution or processor, it's then possible to measure power draw relative to the PC at an idle state.

The test system is measured at Idle (Windows desktop), Graphics Loaded (3Dmark06) and CPU Loaded (Prime 95) states.

Total System Power Draw

Graphics Solution

Idle Graphics Loaded CPU Loaded

AMD HD 4290
(Integrated Graphics)




nVidia Geforce GTS250
(Discrete Graphics)

139w 246w 206w
(At desktop) (via 3Dmark 06) (via Prime95)

Even though the AMD 890GX chipset bumps the speed of the graphics core to 700Mhz, the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 system draws relatively little power under load on IGP alone. Idle power draw is just 83 Watts.

HD Tach V3.0.4.0 Source: TCD Labs Inc.

HD Tach is a physical performance hard drive test for Windows. In Windows 9X/ME it uses a special kernel mode VXD to get maximum accuracy by bypassing the file system. A similar mechanism is used in Windows NT/2000/XP. HD Tach reads from areas all over the hard drive and reports an average speed. It also logs the read speeds to a text file that you can load into a spreadsheet and graph to visually read the results of the test.

HD Tach
Burst Random Access Average Read
AMD 890GX / SB850 SATA 6Gb/s
333.9 MB/s 17 ms

114.4 MB/s

Intel P55 / Marvell SE9128 SATA 6Gb/s
(Gigabyte P55A-UD6)
291.5 MB/s 17 ms 115.5 MB/s

The native AMD SB850 implementation seems to be a touch faster in the Burst test than the Marvell-to-Intel P55 Express implementation used on the Gigabyte P55A-UD6 motherboard.

SiSoft Sandra 2009 - Hard Drive Read Tests Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSiSoft Sandra 2009 v15.72 - HDD READ Tests

Drive Index: SATA: MB/s Ranking
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 6Gb/s 110.72
Western Digital WD1001FALS 3Gb/s 85.99
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 3Gb/s 170.5
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 3Gb/s 77.97
Random Access Time: ms Ranking
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 6Gb/s 17
Western Digital WD1001FALS 3Gb/s 12
Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 0) 3Gb/s 13

Western Digital WD1001FALS (RAID 1) 3Gb/s 5

Single hard drive compared to single hard dive, SATA 6GB/s vs SATA 3GB/s, shows a nice boost from the Seagate Barracuda XT under the AMD SB850 SATA 6Gb/s III implementation. On the other hand, RAID 0 SATAII is quite a bit faster than a lone SATA III hard drive!

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this AMD 890GX based motherboard is to be compared against.

Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (AM3)

AMD Phenom X3 720 BE (AM3)

AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775)
Clock Speed: 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz 8 x 333 = 2.66GHz
Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD-Pro (AMD 890GX)
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G)
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G)
MSI 785GM-E65* (AMD 785G)
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G)
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX)

ASUS M4A78T-E (AMD 790GX / AM3)
ASUS M3A78-T (AMD 790GX / AM2+)

ECS A780GM-A (AMD 780G)
Biostar TF8200 A2+ (Geforce 8200)
Foxconn A690GM2MA (AMD 690G)
Foxconn A7DA-S (AMD 790GX)
Biostar Tpower N750 (NF 750a)

Intel DG45ID (Intel G45)
ASUS P5Q-EM (Intel G45)



Memory: 2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9 (DDR3)
2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC32G1600LLK

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF

Hard Drive:

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740


ASUS BC-1205PT-BD Blu-Ray Drive

Monitor (1080p):



PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W


AMD socket AM2 Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
ATI Catalyst 10.3 Preview
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
ATi Catalyst 9.1
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25


SYSMark 2007 Preview
SiSoft Sandra 2009
PCMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage
Call of Juarez

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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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