ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX Motherboard Reviewajmatson - March 1, 2010
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AMD has been keeping up with the latest trends in technology with their past motherboard chipsets, including the ever popular 785G with integrated graphics and robust features. With the technology changing again, we find ourselves looking at a new competitive chipset with the latest and greatest features on the table for us. This new chipset from AMD is officially called the 890GX and not only keeps the best of the last generation chipsets but also included the new USB 3.0 specification for blazing fast transfer speeds for all of your USB 3.0 products. The 890GX board we are going to be looking at today is from ASUS which is the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3. This board packs all of the new technology for the 890GX chipset and adds a few new and exciting features up its sleeve sure to get your mouth watering. If I have you curious yet, trust me, you will surely like what this board has to offer, so let’s dive in and take a look the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 up close.
The ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 motherboard comes packages in an green colored box with a lot of details on it showing off the new technology and compatible hardware. The first thing you might notice is the Xtreme Design Logo and the Hybrid Logo. The Xtreme Design stands for the board being designed with performance, safety, and reliability as the number one priorities. The Hybrid logo is because the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 supports both the integrated graphics and discrete graphics cards with CrossFireX and with the right discrete card can also support Hybrid CrossFireX with the integrated video. Some of the other logos on the front show Windows 7 support, AMD CPU support, and the presence of the Memory OK button on the board. Flipping over to the back of the box we get a view of the board along with some more of the features which we will see more later in the review, including the Core Unlocker and Turbo Key II features.
Included with the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 motherboard are enough accessories to get you up and running right away. There is the manual, driver CD, Q-Connectors for the front panel leads, one IDE cable, four SATA cables which support 3.0Gb/s, and the I/O Shield plate.
Now that we have the board out of the box, we can take a better look at the design of it.