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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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Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery

Starting off with the PCI Express expansion slots...


PCI Express expansion options include a single x16 slot for graphics and a single x1 slot for peripherals (like a USB 3.0 card). Legacy devices are taken care of with two 32-bit PCI slots.


Five native SATA 6Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10) ports are supplied via the AMD SB850 chipset, and that's it for SATA. A VIA VT6330 is added by Biostar to give the TA890GXE an eSATA port and a dual-channel IDE connector for legacy devices.


AMD's SB850 southbridge chipset sits under this small passive cooler. Along the southern edge of the motherboard are physical power and reset switches, the motherboard front panel header, and three USB headers.


Biostar's TA890GXE 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 1600MHz if the memory will tolerate it.


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


Biostar's Power Saving LEDs indicate the status level of this feature.

Now let's move on with overclocking!

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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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