TechSpot: Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 review

AMD has dominated the HTPC market for some time now with their impressive IGP line-up. The 790GX  chipset sporting integrated Radeon HD 3300 graphics and the 785G with its built-in Radeon HD 4200 GPU have gone beyond what Intel has been able to offer by a long stretch until just recently, not only in terms of performance but also value to the consumer.

It would seem as though AMD wishes to keep their clear cut advantage in this segment, and to that end they have been preparing a more powerful chipset for quite some time. Today we'll be looking at the new AMD 890GX chipset, featuring Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics and SATA 3.0 (6 Gbps) support.

Showing off the 890GX is the Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3. This new AM3 motherboard features a 10-phase CPU VRM supporting future AMD CPUs with a 140W TDP, namely the upcoming hexacore processors. All-in-all this is an impressive looking motherboard and should be the perfect catalyst for showing off AMD's new 890GX chipset.

Read: Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 Motherboard Review: AMD's 890GX Chipset Makes Its Debut

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10 Comments

Sebianoti said,
Man i wish Laptops were upgradable, Sadly laptops are like pancakes! once made can't be changed!

Bahaha

Will they be making this into a model that uses ddr2? I have a phenom II 940 and I don't want to buy a new processor and memory.

jznomoney said,
Will they be making this into a model that uses ddr2? I have a phenom II 940 and I don't want to buy a new processor and memory.

AM3 chipsets aren't interchangeable no. AM3 processors have DDR2 and DDR3 support but only specific backwards compatible boards can interchange them but generally AM2/AM2+ with AM3 interchangeability isn't possible. Need to check BIOS updates and things and mobos possibilities usually for what is possible but i'd say you're probably on short end of the stick and will need to wait for next upgrade. This may sound like a bit of a contradiction check wikipedia article on AM3(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AM3) to clarify my point.

Edited by Digitalx, Mar 2 2010, 8:37pm :

.... i seriously dislike AMD....! having said that... kewl looking board.... but as far as i am concerned... thats it!

*hope i don't get nailed for my comments :)*

Sulphy said,
.... i seriously dislike AMD....! having said that... kewl looking board.... but as far as i am concerned... thats it!

*hope i don't get nailed for my comments :)*

If you like, why don't you tell us why you dislike AMD?

humanz. said,

If you like, why don't you tell us why you dislike AMD?

Heya,.... sure.. erm.. ok i have an AMD 5000+, 4Gb 667Mhz, 9800GTX+ gfx, and a second rig running an Intel E7420 Core 2 Duo, 2Gb 667Mhz, 9700 GT... and i had the AMD system first, for web design work, games etc... and it performed well, but, then i got my Intel system.. and i was blown away by the difference! Futurmark scores were may higher on the intel, and i have been running BOINC (setiathome) ... i started the client on both machines roughly a few minutes apart... and the AMD is battling to get more than 400 average work units.. whereas the intel knocks out just over 3000 work units on average. General booting of windows 7 Pro x32 on both machines = AMD - 52sec, Intel = 34sec .... so, in my books, if i were to go down the AMD road again, i would need to be well impressed....

Hope that answered your question... as i say... amd's kit looks really goot, compared to some bog standard intel based stuff... but, a chicken in a tux is still a chicken... :)

If AMD ever feels like donating a groovy system for me to get my teeth into and change my perception... i would not say no !!!! hehehe.... wouldn't we all :)

That's a rather lame comparison. That's like buying a Mitsubishi Lancer and a Lamborghini, and saying the Lancer is crap because the Lamborghini is faster.

The AMD system (board + CPU) probably cost you less than the Intel one (at least it would have if they were bought at the same time) and the Intel is newer and faster.

Also, there is no such thing as an E7420 Core 2 Duo, so I would say you don't know what you are talking about.

Your reasoning for seriously disliking AMD is stupidity on your part.

Your reasoning for seriously disliking AMD is stupidity on your part.

riiiight... stupidity... how old r u? 12???
Ok, so i mistyped... who doesn't?? E7400 is what i meant.... so you couldnt dredge up some idea that i may have used the wrong CPU mode.... but the fact its a E7 series didnt maybe hint??

Granted the AMD is cheaper....but proudly saying its a 5000Mhz and all that means jack. For decent speed, efficiency and PRODUCTIVITY.... AMD hasnt a leg to stand on.... unless your name is Mavis and you do word processing, or you want to play a game. Don't get why your so aggro when i was just jokingly prodding a stick at AMD... Now your comparison was a little ridiculous if you ask me... unless you agree that an AMD is like a lancer...! ???

I dunno man, i just put my 2c in... anyways.... peace dude.... and relax...!

Edited by Sulphy, Mar 3 2010, 2:11pm :

You have proved my point yet again. 5000Mhz ey? Would you like to tell me where you heard that? If you equate 5000+ to 5000Mhz, then yes, you have no clue what you are talking about.

The E7400 is NEWER and it COST MORE. So OF COURSE it is going to be faster and give you a better Futuremark score.

My comparison was only to show that your comparison between an AMD X2 5000+ and an Intel E7400 is completely wrong. Yes, you are right, the AMD is slower, but it cost less and is much older, so if that is your reason behind disliking AMD, then you should learn a thing or two before you go spreading your hate based on your lack of knowledge.

Also, I am in no way an AMD fanboy, I have an Intel system, so please don't accuse me of being just a trolling fanboy :)

Point to my posts: Don't put your 2 cents in if it is blatantly wrong, because someone else out there with as little or lesser knowledge than you may actually believe it.

SirEvan said,
ricey-est board I've ever seen... blech Why would I ever go with this for my HTPC when my zotac Ion board does MORE Than fine at anything I can toss at it, all the way up to straight bluray rips (20+GB) without a problem (and at super low cpu usage, thanks to the ION chipset)? this thing probably draws 3 times the power my ion does.

Probably and do are two very different things. It "probably" costs 1/3rd of the price of your ION too.

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