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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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Conclusions: Budget 890GX for MicroATX

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.

If you're building a media-center or home theatre PC you'll find that the Radeon HD 4290 at the heart of the AMD 890GX chipset is well suited to meet your needs, with support for HDMI 1.3 output and hardware acceleration methods for H.264 and Blu-Ray playback.

You can also take advantage of the Biostar TA890GXE motherboard's high level of integration and low cost if you're building productivity computers for an office or home business. The TA890GXE draws very little electricity when paired with a low-wattage processor, so operating costs can be lower. Even better is that the motherboard itself retails for only $125 CDN ($125 USD, £80 GBP) and it can be used with a huge variety of socket AM3 CPU options.

Biostar did have to cut a few corners in order to get the TA890GXE to a competitive price point. While a few of the optional extras that got cut won't really be missed (SidePort memory), there are some omissions that hurt the TA890GXE as an overall package. Most notable is the lack of USB 3.0 support. While AMD intends USB 3.0 to distinguish "premium" motherboards from "value" motherboards, buying into a motherboard without it seems foolhardy with so many USB 3.0 devices on the horizon.

Along with a lack of USB 3.0 ports, there also aren't enough USB 2.0 ports. You get four on the I/O panel, three USB headers, and no brackets included in the Biostar TA890GXE's packaging. If you have a USB keyboard and mouse, this leaves you with two USB 2.0 ports left for the rest of your devices before you need to run out and buy a bracket or a USB hub.

If you can live within its limitations you'll be well served by the microATX Biostar TA890GXE motherboard. It's a cost-effective solution that forgoes some performance and tweaking features but delivers on most of the core features that have made the AMD 890GX chipset a hit.

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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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