Summary: The Biostar TA890GXB HD allowed us to manually overclock a Phenom II X4 970 from 3.5GHz to a stable 4.1GHz, resulting in massive performance gains all around.
Understandably, as with most products which are aimed at the budget conscious segment, cutting corners in some features are to be expected.
Pros: Sub $100 890GX, Good layout for a microATX mainboard, Decent hardware and software bundle for a budget product, Core Unlocking Feature, Supports up to 1600MHz DDR3 (OC), Hybrid Crossfire, RAM XMP Reader in the BIOS, Onboard Power-on and Reset buttons, Onboard LED Indicators, Multi-profile CMOS Backup and Load feature
Cons: No USB 3.0, Confusing BIOS layout, No multi-channel analog or optical audio for HTPC systems, Auto-overclock feature did not result in a successful POST
Conclusion: One of the big pluses with the AMD platform is the ACC or Advanced Clock Calibration. BIOSTAR motherboards have the ability to use ACC to turn “On” the locked cores on an X3 or an X6 CPU with the push of a button. This value added feature is excellent, allowing a 960T CPU to be unlocked to 6 cores from 4 cores. BIOSTAR’s TA890GXB HD motherboard will be available for around $89 making it an excellent choice for the person that wants to build an inexpensive 6 core system.
Excerpt: Today we are going to take a look at one of the more recent motherboards from BIOSTAR’s socket AM3 line up. The BIOSTAR TA890GXB HD motherboard is based on AMD’s 890GX and SB850 chipsets. Utilizing AMD’s 890GX chipset gives the BIOSTAR TA890GXB HD the Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics and can take advantage of ATI’s Hybrid CrossfireX technology.
Conclusion: Biostar is a name that has been around in the motherboard industry for a very long time. Some of the first motherboards I ever came in contact with were manufactured by Biostar. They have a lot of experience in the industry and have had a lot of time to iron out any wrinkles in their production. With the TA890GXB-HD, Biostar offers a solid entry into the world of the 890GX chipset.