Introduction to the ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3
Over the past few months we have seen AMD slowly rise back to the status they once had, which was being very competitive counterpart to the Intel. With the Radeon HD5000 series being a huge success on the graphics front, AMD was needing a CPU to help battle Intel's latest Core line, this arrived as a new hexa-core. This new six core Thuban offers great performance and at a price point that gives the AMD family a true advantage.
Not only does this processor offer a great bang-for-the-buck component, but the same can be said for the motherboard. Even some of the most expensive 890FX motherboard are priced cheaper than that of Intel’s X58 mid-ranged, or even entry level, motherboards. Now, we are not saying that AMD is the be-alll end-all processor, but you can put the money you saved towards another system component. Such as the ram for example, which also has a leg up with only requiring dual channel, not the pricey triple channel.
In order to get all the performance out of the AMD's latest Thuban core you can elect to go any number of routes, as there are several chipsets that support it. The more recent are the 870, 880 and 890 chipsets, and then still more variations within these three chipsets. Being one of the biggest of all the motherboard companies, ASUS has released many motherboards that bear these different offerings. Their new M4A890TD PRO/USB3 is the sibling to the big hit Crosshair IV. The M4A is embedded with the 890FX North Bridge and SB850 South Bridge, each of which make for AMD's top-tier chipset.
The features the new motherboard and chipset offer are what many of us as computer users are looking for, which would be dual 16x PCIe slots supporting ATI’s Crossfire, USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. While other makers offer this combination, what set the M4A890TD ahead of the rest is the multitude of BIOS options that ASUS gives the user to achieve a stable overclock. We will talk about some of these options, as well as explore the layout of the motherboard, later in the review.
ASUS' take on the M4A890TD PRO/USB3
“ASUS, the leading motherboard brand in the world, today shared news of its M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 and M4A89GTD PRO motherboards having been certified by the Serial ATA International Organization as the first SATA 6Gb/s-compliant motherboards.
SATA 6Gb/s embodies the latest storage interface generation available to consumers, doubling the data rates of commonplace SATA 3Gb/s. This is a key advantage as users amass ever-increasing amounts of high resolution photos, videos, music and other multimedia files. “