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Biostar TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard Review

Biostar TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The AMD 990FX chipset has been out for a while now, yet Biostar's TA990FXE motherboard still gets you in the game with plenty of PCI Express lanes for Crossfire/SLI, and more SATA III connectivity than rival Intel's Z77 platform.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar May 31 2012   Max Page  
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AMD 990FX Core Logic

AMD 990FX / SB950 Chipsets

The AMD 990FX chipset is designed for performance enthusiasts and hardcore gamers with 38 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth. As such, an AMD 990FX-based motherboard can support a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, each with x16 lanes of bandwidth.

All of this PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth comes in handy because today's graphics cards are pushing ever higher amounts of bandwidth along the PCI Express bus. In most other respects the AMD 990FX / SB950 and AMD 890FX / SB850 are basically the same silicon, save for HT 3.0 support added to the 990FX to handle Bulldozer, support for nVidia SLI and some back end power improvements.

AMD 800 and 900-series Chipsets

AMD 990FX

AMD 890FX

Code Name 'RD990' 'RD890'
CPU Socket AM3+/AM3 Socket AM3
Memory 1333MHz DDR3 1333MHz DDR3
Graphics Expansion 2x16 PCI Express 2.0 2x16 PCI Express 2.0
AMD Crossfire Support yes yes
nVidia SLI support yes no
SouthBridge:
Peripheral Expansion
SB950
4x1 PCI-E 2.0,
6x1 PCI-E 2.0
SB850
6x1 PCI Express 2.0, 2XPCI Express 2.0 on SB850
Hypertransport 2600 HT 3.0 / 3200 HT 3.1 2600 HT 3.0
Process 65nm 65nm
TDP 19.6W 19.6W
IOMMU 2.0 yes Yes
Storage 6xSATA 6Gb/s 6xSATA 6Gb/s
USB 14x USB 2.0,
2x USB 1.1
14X USB 2.0,
2x USB 1.1

AMD's 990FX northbridge is paired with the AMD SB950 southbridge. The AMD SB950 supports six 6GB/s SATA III channels with full RAID support. With all of the extra bandwidth the SB950 southbridge controller takes on, AMD doubled the bus speed between it and the 990FX northbridge to 4GB/s ALink Express III.

Next up, overclocking and BIOS screen shots.

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Contents of Article: Biostar TA990FXE
 Pg 1.  Biostar TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery Continued
 Pg 3.  — AMD 990FX Core Logic
 Pg 4.  Overclocking and BIOS Features
 Pg 5.  Test System Hardware & Specs
 Pg 6.  Sysmark 2007 - Workstation Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  SiSoft Sandra - CPU Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  Sandra: Memory - Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  PCMark Vantage - System Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  3DMark 11 - Gaming Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  3DMark Vantage - Gaming Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  3DMark06 - Gaming Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  System Power Draw and Conclusions

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