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AMD 890GX - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review
AMD 890GX - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review
Date: 02-03-10
Topic: Reviews & Previews
Author: Madhusudan Banik

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The single biggest selling point for this motherboard is the great form factor combined with a plethora of options when it comes to I/O ports and an integrated IGP that can easily form the base for your HTPC setup. If you are looking to freshen up your system on a budget and are looking to giving it a new lease on life… this is the right board for the job. The $110-$130 estimated street price of the motherboard will make it an ideal choice given its options and features.

However, if you have a ton of SATA 2 drives (and USB 2.0 devices) and are not planning on a major overhaul any time soon, a upgrade to this motherboard won’t give you a noticeable difference. You will be better of sticking to your existing AMD setup and waiting it out.

While it is possible that AMD will manage to extract a little more performance from the IGP in the gaming department, I won’t hold my breath for it. It is already bottlenecked as it is. Maybe future implementations of the IGP with dedicated memory will hold a chance, but not this particular one. That said, pairing up a HD5450 (a cheap card by itself) with this motherboards allows you to enter a hybrid setup utilizing both the GPUs and getting better performance overall (but you are at the mercy of the Radeon drivers for a good implementation.)

With an astounding feature-set and excellent HD capability, the ASUS 890GX motherboard definitely hits a home run, more so for people building new AMD rigs but also for those looking to upgrade their older motherboards. For that, we give it a well-deserved 4 stars out of 5.


Many thanks to PRactice and AMD for providing us with the review sample.





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By Cyn1c 02-03-10
Re: AMD's 890GX - ASUS MA489GTD PRO/USB 3.0

Good review!.... the HD4290 is definitely impressive for video decoding.
Last edited by KiD0M4N; 02-03-10 at 08:36 AM..
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By thebanik 02-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS MA489GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

^^^hahahahahaha, but simply amazing job Karan and Vijay,
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By IshanSaluja 02-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS MA489GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

awesome review mate... you cover all the stops!!
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By KiD0M4N 02-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS MA489GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

Btw guys, I am using the Catalyst 10.3 Beta since last few days... seems quite good
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By thebanik 02-03-10
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By ManISinJpr ♦ 02-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS MA489GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

A very nicely done review there banik, so how much is this mobo in INR?
I think this will make more people jump to the AMD bandwagon for their htpc and other needs.
Didn't you check this with the 965BE? I would have loved to see the results there, and one more thing. Will 890GX have support for the DDR2? if yes then which models?
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By commieguerra 02-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

Great review ! How are the ram slots like 1 2 1 2 or 1122 ?
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By Aumkar 02-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

o.O! Its got a core unlocker switch! Thats awesome!

Great review bro. Reps.
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By tiblu 02-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

+ 1 Great Mobo
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By Ad1tya 02-03-10
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Great review. Looks like a great mobo!
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By mav2000 02-03-10
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SUper review champ....keep it going.
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By rajan1311 02-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

nice review buddy, you covered up pretty much everything...even the bends
could you please try a sample of the P2 555 for unlocking?
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By stonedsurd 03-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

Great review and, er, great pictures

Dugg it, because of the sheer level of awesomeness
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By thebanik 03-03-10
Re: AMD 890GX - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

@Manish, Thanks, Its upto the board maker whether they want to use the chipset for a DDR2 model. No idea if any particular model has been announced.
@commi, its 1 2 1 2
@aumkar, thanks man...
@tiblu, yes its a great mobo,
@Adi, yup as such he mobo doesnt seem to have any shortcomings.
@thanks Mav,
@rajan, looks like you didnt read the review properly, , There are 2 ways to unlock cores, through the button and Bios, both work as such, but the system hangs during OS boot. Even with only 1 core unlocked.
@Stoney, the pictures are simply awesome, and so is the Photographer, , i.e You,
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