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Biostar TA890GXE AMD 890GX Motherboard Review

Biostar TA890GXE AMD 890GX Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Biostar's TA890GXE motherboard is a no-frills approach to the AMD 890GX chipset. It's a microATX form-factor motherboard so it can fit into nearly any case, it has robust graphics and storage options and most importantly it's affordable.
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External Mfg. Website: BIOSTAR May 03 2010   Julian Apong  
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HD Playback CPU Load Benchmarks

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 7 - 12%
AMD HD 4200 7 - 10%
AMD HD 3300 6 - 14%
Nforce 750a 18 - 20%

Under testing we found that Blu-Ray playback isn't a huge tax on the AMD 890GX 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
Biostar TA890GXE (IGP HD 4290) 14
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
Biostar TA890GXE (IGP HD 4290) 17
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 Biostar TA890GXE motherboard isn't very large, certainly enough headroom exists for the computer to handle more than just HD decoding. High Definition video will have no problem playing back on AMD's 890GX IGP.

Next up PCSTATS summarizes everything we've told you about the Biostar TA890GXE motherboard and the shinny new AMD 890GX/SB850 chipsets.

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Contents of Article: BIOSTAR TA890GXE
 Pg 1.  Biostar TA890GXE AMD 890GX Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 3.  Overclocking CPU/IGP, Power Draw, Test Specs
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  IGP Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 8.  IGP Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  IGP Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  DX10 Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 11.  — HD Playback CPU Load Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  Conclusions: Budget 890GX for MicroATX

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