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Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H 890GX Review

jlqrb    -   March 1, 2010
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Testing:

To test the performance of the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H, I will be putting it though a series of benchmarking programs such as graphics intensive games, real world applications, and component specific tests. This is a long process, that takes hours to complete and, after these tests are completed, we will have a good idea of the performance of the new 890GX chipset. We start with our Scientific and Data benchmarks, like WinRAR, Office 2007, Sandra and Cinebench 10. Each test is run multiple times to ensure there are no errors in any one run. Next we move to the gaming part of the benchmarking process. Here we run current games though in game benchmarks or a specific scene and like the Scientific and Data test, multiple runs are done. To gauge the performance of the new 890GX board, I will be comparing it to other motherboards based on AMD's AM3 platform.

 

DDR3 Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Boards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocking with the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard was extremely easy, thanks to the easy to use MB Intelligent Tweaker and my Black Edition processor. I started by raising the multiplier up to the level where the processor would run at 3.7GHz, which I know to be stable with this chip. At that point, I started to run benchmarking programs to test the stability and with each successful pass I would raise the multiplier one step higher. I expected the processor to plateau at somewhere around 3.8GHz which is usually the case, but to my surprise I was able to get the chip to run stable just over 3.9GHz. I have had some boards clock this chip to 3.65, on the low end, and up to 3.8GHz, on the high end, which is dependent on the overclocking potential of the motherboard. These results were very welcome as I originally wanted to get this processor clocked to 4GHz and seeing how well this board overclocks, it leaves me with some hope that I can achieve this goal yet! As you can see from the image below, CPU-Z 1.53 cannot read the full specs for the motherboard and is classifying it as having a 785GX/SB750 chipset.

 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007
  4. POV Ray 3.7
  5. PCMark Vantage Professional
  6. Sandra XII
  7. ScienceMark 2.02
  8. Cinebench 10
  9. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Call of Duty: World at War
  4. Fallout 3 
  5. Left 4 Dead
  6. 3DMark 06 Professional
  7. 3DMark Vantage



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