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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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AMD 890GX - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB 3 SATA 6Gbps Review

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ASUS has always been a top player among AMD motherboards, with an established and impressive track record with past products, not least of which was the impressive Crosshair III Formula. With today’s introduction of its new 890GX northbridge, AMD is once again upping the ante in the integrated-graphics arena, enabling consumers to build computers for HDTV, HD-DVD or Blu-Ray playback that don’t required an add-in graphics card (AMD has already included HDCP support and an HDMI interface in its previous chipsets, the 690G and the 790G.) The new 890GX chipset also features an integrated Radeon HD4290 graphics unit that can decode any current high-definition video codec (H.264 being one of them.) As a result, CPU load is drastically reduced, so that even a humble AMD Phenom II X2 550 CPU (or even lower!) is sufficient for HD video playback.

AMD’s SB850 south bridge, the more important of today's announcements, features SATA 3 (6Gbps) with RAID 0,1,5 and 10, Gigabit Ethernet, HD Audio and two x1 PCIe 2.0 lanes. It also features 14 USB 2.0 ports but no USB 3.0 support. The USB 3.0 ports are implemented via an NEC chip elsewhere on the board. The SB850 is connected to the northbridge via a speedy ALink Express III interface, to make sure that the SATA 3 (6Gbps) implementation doesn’t fall short of much-required bandwidth. To add to that, AMD’s newest design doesn’t put any extra load on the power consumption.

The 780V and 780G chipsets were the first chips to be designed since AMD’s acquisition of ATI and were considered to be the earliest 'real' AMD chipsets. Since then, AMD has continued to improve on their chipsets and the 890GX/SB850 combination brings together the potent mix of SATA 6 Gbps and USB 3.0, along with a much improved IGP solution – the Radeon HD4290.

The ASUS M4A89GTD Pro forms the basis for the review platform today. It must be noted that this board marks the first native SATA 3 implementation from either Intel or AMD. None of Intel's chipsets currently integrate SATA 3 natively - they all manage by sacrificing PCIe lanes using add-in chips (at extra cost to the consumer). That AMD is first to market with SATA 3 speaks volumes about their design quality and speed.




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  #1  
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
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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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