Excerpt: To keep things interesting after a run with GIGABYTE's top of the line X58A-UD9, we are taking a look at one of their more mainstream products. This is the GA-890GPA-UD3H which is based around the 890GX chipset.
Conclusion: Gigabyte's GA-890GPA-UD3H is - to put it in simple terms - an awesome choice for any kind of multimedia usage (HTPC), as it offers good enough performance for DVD/Blu-Ray playback without any problems. Also, if you're into basic gaming, you will be happy with it, too. In this respect, it's absolutely better then Intel Core i5 built-in VGA solutions, as you might expect.
Excerpt: We’ll be seeing a lot of new boards from different manufacturers with different form factors and features since AMD have introduced new northbridge and Southbridge. This board comes with HT 3.0 support and the new AMD 890GX/SB850 chipset with an on-board HD 4290 (RV620 core) 700MHz core clock that can run hybrid crossfire with ATi 5450. Just like the 880g, 890GX supports UVD2, DVD upscaling and out-of-the-box X 6 support.
Conclusion: Tests are quite clear. The new 890 chipset performs better in every test along the line. Having integrated graphics card, which is no way meant for hardcore gaming, it whould offer a good alternative though against Intel’s chipset with GMA graphics accelerators. Whether you’re a gamer or simply officeprogram user or just want to have a motherboard which is capable by decoding full-HD material with graphics chip, Gigabyte GA-MA890GPA-UD3H is your choice.
Summary: Overall, I'm impressed with the job GIGABYTE did in designing the 890GPA-UD3H board. I had my reservations going in to the review due to the Northbridge chipset's integrated GPU, but those reservations turned out to be unfounded. The board performed very well in both stock and overclocked scenarios. I had no problems setting up or using the board, and even the overclocking was not that hard to get going.
The one thing that annoyed me with the board was the BIOS.
Summary: GIGABYTE's latest AMD based board uses the AMD 890GX chipset in order to deliver a feature rich solution packing a lot of promise. Is this the board that will usher in a new performance era for AMD?
Excerpt: Now that the AMD 890GX chipset is out we are seeing all of the manufacturers getting their boards into play. This is to be expected as the 890GX is a great chipset. But as with everything, each manufacturer will have its own method of implementation. Yes, the chipset is the same and the performance is going to be similar, but there are going to be very different feature sets.
Summary: Compared to 790GX and 785G, 890GX features a rash of minor improvements, but it seems to us that the real driving force behind the chipset is the desire to capitalize on all the chatter regarding the SATA/USB 3.0 standards. The benefit of SATA 3.0 is limited as hard drives remain the norm, and they don't come close to hitting even 2.0 speeds except in short bursts.
Pros: SATA & USB 3.0, Liberal BIOS options, Good CPU power management, Offset undervolting, Fastest IGP available
Cons: Cold-boot problems below 1.025V vCore, Runs a little hot, Lack of eSATA
Summary: AMD has really let loose a really great chipset. With good integrated graphics, 7.1 surround, and increased I/O bandwidth, AMD has addressed big concerns for a large audience. They focused on the largest group, while still giving to the enthusiast crowd. The added bandwidth for USB 3.0 and integration of SATA 3 in the SB850 will greatly increase I/O and should make many enthusiasts happy; especially those using RAID.