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In order to get all the performance out of 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.
Over on my test bench today is a new budget motherboard from Jetway. Jetway has been a big player in the OEM market but are fast changing the perception that it isn't all they are. Over the past few months we have seen Jetway produce some great performance-oriented motherboards, some of which overclocked very respectably. Today’s sample is an all-around motherboard boasting AMD's 880G chipset. While it's integrated Radeon HD 4250 will not win you any performance or overclocking records, but you will gain a solid platform for a home theater PC (HTPC), or perhaps even a simple office workstation.
But the reports around the various forums are saying the H55N-USB3 is one awesome overclocker as well. And when a motherboard has this most buzz, we normally must get it in our little hands to see just what things are all about. But in the case of Gigabyte we knew the representation of the company and did not accept anything less than a great motherboard.
At the same time we have heard great things about the new Intel Core i5 655K processor. Word on the street is it's a great overclocker when mated with the right motherboard. So, we figured it was the right time to put both to the test.
Today’s review of the NC84E-LF has been a long time coming. I want to apologize to Jetway for the delay. However, I’ve never had so much trouble reviewing a product before. In the process of bringing this motherboard review to you, I destroyed 2 dvdrw’s, a harddrive and a power supply. Not only that, but I had several non-review related hardware failures. Waiting for my RMA to the business I bought them from to go through, time got away from me.
This is a IPC or micro-atx board and I’m very impressed with it. With HT 3.0, DDR2 800 Support, SATA2, GIGABIT Lan, HD AUDIO, DVI, HDMI, MINI PCI-e and E-SATA, this plucky little board is ready to be your HTPC… now!
The 870 chipset maybe aimed at the person looking for a lower end motherboard but it offers the user much more. We started this article classifying the board as an entry model, which it is. But the 870A-UD3 does not offer you Crossfire but does offer high speed memory support and decent overclocking for those that wish to take their systems to the next level at another time.
Over the course of the last two weeks you have seen reviews from us based on the 890GX chipset which can be read here and here. The 890GX chipset came in the form of mATX first from most companies. Asrock took the high road and release a full-sized model. A board that we were really fond of. But now we get to place on the bench Asrock's latest micro ATX board entitled the 890GM Pro3.
Yes, the new Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 gives you all the benefits of the 890FX chipset. They have even given the chipset a bit of Gigabyte's own prescription. The resulting medicine would be the ability to unlock the extra cores on X3 and X4 Athlon II and Phenom II processors. This ability is no longer present within the chipset, but integrated in the motherboard via a hardware mounted IC. Another Gigabyte exclusive is the Ultra Durable 3 Technology, which means that two ounces of copper is placed into each PCB for better heat dissipation and stability.