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Biostar TA890FXE AMD 890FX Motherboard Review
Biostar TA890FXE AMD 890FX Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Meet the Biostar TA890FXE motherboard, an AMD 890FX platform that eschews tons of frilly extra's for a core feature set and competitive sticker price.
 77% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Biostar Jul 14 2010   J. Apong  
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Power Draw and Test System Specs

Measuring Power 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
Biostar TA890FXE

Graphics Solution

Idle Graphics Loaded CPU Loaded

nVidia Geforce GTS250
(Discrete Graphics)

133w 276w 244w
(At desktop) (via 3Dmark 06) (via Prime95)

The AMD 890FX chipset has a very modest TDP of 19.6W itself, so even in a CPU-loaded state the total system power draw is only around 244W. When paired with a modest discrete graphics card you could even put the Biostar TA890FXE into a low-power, passively cooled system.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Biostar TA890FXE 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 890FX 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 reference system #3
processor: amd phenom ii x6 1090t amd Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

Intel Core i5 750

Intel Core i7 920
CPU Process Technology: 45nm 45nm 45nm 45nm
Socket: Socket AM3 Socket AM3 Socket LGA1156 Socket LGA1366
Clock Speed: 16x 200MHz = 3.2 GHz, Turbo Core @ 3.6GHz (1090T)

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

20x 133MHz = 2.66 GHz 20x 133MHz = 2.67 GHz
Motherboard: Biostar TA890FXE (AMD 890FX)
MSI 890FXA-GD70 (AMD 890FX)
Gigabyte GA890FXA-UD7 (AMD 890FX)
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (AMD 890FX)

Biostar TA890GXE (AMD 890GXE)
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX)
MSI 785GM-E65 (AMD 785G)
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G)
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G)

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 (P55 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 (P55 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 (P55 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P (P55 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R (P55 Express)
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro (P55 Express)
ASUS P7P55D Premium (P55 Express)
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe (P55 Express)

MSI Eclipse Plus (X58 Express)
MSI X58 Platinum (X58 Express)


(Geforce GTS250)


2x2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9 DDR3

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9

3x2GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D DDR3
Hard Drive:

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD 740

Optical Drive:


Power Supply:

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W


Athlon64 Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference 1156 Heatsink Intel Reference 1366 Heatsink
Operating System:

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)


Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
AMD Catalyst 10.3b
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
AMD Catalyst 9.12
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
nVIDIA Forceware 190.62

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Intel INF
nVIDIA Forceware 182.08

System Benchmarks:
SYSmark 2007
PCMark Vantage
SiSoft Sandra 2009

Calculation B/M:
Super Pi 1.5
wPrime 2.0
ScienceMark 2.3
Bibble 5

Rendering B/M:
Cinebench R10
POV-Ray 3.7

Gaming B/M:
3DMark Vantage

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Contents of Article: Biostar TA890FXE
 Pg 1.  Biostar TA890FXE AMD 890FX Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  AMD 890FX Core Logic
 Pg 3.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 4.  Overclocking and BIOS Features
 Pg 5.  — Power Draw and Test System Specs
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Processor
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Memory
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FEAR

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