Conclusion: With AMD's affordable Phenom II X6 parts giving enthusiasts reason to be tempted over to their side of the fence on the processor front, so an improved chipset was always going to be required to offer up a suitably compelling motherboard to pair with it, and while the 890FX is tasked with chasing that enthusiast market outright it doesn't mean that the 890GX is something to be sniffed at either.
Excerpt: AMD 890GX Power - Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 ASUS Today Rage3D gets a look at AMD's 8-series chipset. In this article, we'll be reviewing the 890GX equipped ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 motherboard. Join us as we examine the features and benefits of the ASUS implementation and bundle, featuring AMD's latest desktop chipset.
ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 AMD 890GX Socket AM3 Motherboard Review
14 September 2010
Both games were choppy in a spot or two, but definitely playable. I tried Far Cry 2 again at low settings, which added only a couple of FPS and not much change. I did not bother loading Crysis on the rig for obvious reasons. My Phenom II X3 720 didn’t do a bad job with these games, I would expect any of the Phenom II X4s to add at least a few FPS if not more, and either of the Phenom II X6 Thubans to do even more.
Pros: – Ready for X6 processors, USB 3.0, and SATA 6Gb/s, – Reasonably priced, – Interesting features
Cons: – People buying this board specifically for Core Unlocker will likely be disappointed, – Though improved, integrated graphics still will not give gaming satisfaction in most cases
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AMD 890GX Motherboard Review
13 September 2010
Summary: The ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 motherboard is built around the 55nm AMD 890GX and SB850 southbridge. It has 128MB of onboard DDR3-1333 sideport memory for the integrated DX10.1 ATI Radeon HD 4290 graphics. Its AM3 CPU socket will accommodate AMD Phenom II and Athlon II processors, right through to the six-core Phenom II X6.
Summary: The M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 has a name that's too long. I hate the name and I hated typing it. Aside from that and a few layout issues endemic to the AMD platform in general I have no complaints. The board was the pinnacle of stability surviving a 48 hour torture test without issues. All the integrated features save for the NIC card worked perfectly.
Summary: ASUS' latest AM3 offering promises to be at least an interesting one. Not only does it feature USB 3 and SATA 6Gbps support, it also offers the lowest cost of entry into the world of quad core computing with support for a Core Unlocker. All with an 890GX chipset with integrated graphics as well.
ASUS M4A89GTD Pro - A Core Unlocking 890GX for $140
10 March 2010
Conclusion: Although there are areas that ASUS need to work on with the M4A89GTD Pro, what they’ve managed to do is set a paper baseline around the $150 mark that is going to be hard for any vendor to compete against. We think ASUS are bang on the money with BIOS layout, automated overclocking, fan control and core unlocking features. The only thing we see as a potential hindrance at this stage is the random S3 resume behavior we experienced with our Corsair TX950 PSU.
Conclusion: The AMD 890 GX chipset put simply is a great addition to the already impressive AMD chipset line. It further improves the capabilities of the SB750 with a new version titled SB850. The SB 850 adds SATA 6Gb/s support, which is nice to see since almost every Intel board now includes this technology. This really shows that AMD is committed to enthusiasts even though they aren’t overpowering Intel’s i7, they still provide some of the best technologies to AMD users.