M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 AMD 890GX+SB850 mainboard review
Bluetooth 27 Feb 2010
Everyone seems to be launching new products at CeBIT 2010. Likewise, ASUS will
introduce its series of AMD 890GX+SB850 boards at the show.
One of the models that will be shown is the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3. This board, just like other AMD 890GX boards supports the AM3 Phenom II processors including
the future Thuban 6 core processors. It also support Hybrid CrossFire and
CrossFire X (Dual PCIe x 8). It also has option to overclock the Sideport memory
and wide range of voltage adjustments in the BIOS. By virtue of SB850 south
bridge, ASUS brings SATA3 (6Gbps) support to the boad.
The board comes with 4 DIMM slots that can accommodate up to 16GB of
DDR3-1866(oc). It has 2 PCIe express 2.0×16 slot supporting ATI CrossfireX (dual
8x), 1 PCI express 2.0 x 4 and 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x 1, 2x PCI slots. Storage
wise, it has 1 UDMA 133 for 2 PATA devices, 6 SATA 6Gbps ports with RAID
0,1,5,10 support and 1 eSATA 3Gb/s port (SATA on the go) port. The board also
supports 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports using NEC controller chip. The
on board 8 channel audio uses Realtek ALC892 CODEC and Gigabit Ethernet LAN is
based on Realtek 8111E chipset.
Other than the standard chipset functions, one of the key feature on this board
is the Core Unlocker. With a simple switch, it unlocks the hidden cores on your
dual or tri core processor and turn it into a quad core processor (some
processors might not be stable when hidden cores are enabled). It also has GPU
Boost which gives instant iGPU level up in real time.
Turbo EVO is present on this board which gives you the ultimate OC in terms of
stability and performance on the processor used using the option CPU Level UP!
Other features include MemOK! EuP support.
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