ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Motherboard Reviewajmatson - October 19, 2010
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The ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 is a formidable board. It is well thought out and the engineering design and chipset takes it even further. Throughout the review, I really enjoyed working with this motherboard. It has all of the features you will need including USB 3.0 support, SATA 6.0Gb/s for next generation high speed drives and SSDs and enough multimedia connections to make a DJ proud. The board was stable throughout all of the testing, not just the overclocking portion. During the testing, the board proved itself time and time again - remaining on par and even surpassing the 890GX based board a few times. This is also one of the few boards that currently supports AMD six core processors and 2000MHz memory speeds. ASUS added even more with one click overclocking and automatic core unlocking for some of AMD's dual core chips that are really quad cores with half of the cores disabled. No more tinkering to free them up - let the motherboard do it for you!
When overclocking, the M4A88TD-V EVO did not like it when I raised the reference clock very much. When I did, I had to substantially drop the CPU multiplier to compensate, which defeated the purpose. Since I had a Black Edition processor, I used that to my advantage and was finally able to pull out an overclock speed of 3.9GHz. There are a couple of things I think could be improved on the motherboard to make it even better. First is the placement of the IDE port. When using a flat ribbon IDE cable all of the twisting and turning to keep it flat and routed behind the motherboard tray is a pain. Sure, not many people use IDE, but for optical drives, it is more common than not and this really hinders cable management and air flow from the front of the case. Lastly, the CrossFireX modes on the two PCI Express x16 slots are not geared towards high end cards. In my experience, x4 speeds will severely hinder the performance of a high-end card such as an ATI HD 5870. It would have been better to run the slots at X8/X8 when used in a dual discrete card configuration instead of x16/x4 which defeats the purpose of the second card.
Other than these small quirks, this motherboard is definitely a winner. With the price and the amount of performance you receive from it, higher end boards better be scared. This motherboard packs a lot of features for little cost. If you are looking for a stable, feature rich platform for your upgrade or next build, I would look into the 880G chipset and more importantly, the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3.
- Supports Phenom II X6 processors
- Supports DDR3 memory up to 2000MHz
- CrossFireX support for Multi-GPU setups
- Integrated HD 4250 graphics with dedicated Sideport memory
- USB 3.0 Support
- SATA 6.0Gb/s support
- One click overclocking switch
- Core unlocking via hardware switch
- MemOK for failsafe memory settings
- Instant-on Hybrid OS with Express Gate
- ASUS Xtreme Design technology
- Poorly placed IDE port
- Second x16 slot limited to x4 speeds