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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX Motherboard Review


Closer Look:


To install the drivers and software ASUS makes it simple with their installer program. Just pop the CD in and the autorun feature will bring up the installer. On the installer are several tabs to choose from. The first tab includes the drivers for the motherboard which include the chipset drivers, LAN drivers, audio drivers, and even the drivers for the NEC USB 3.0 chip. The second tab is the utilities tab which installs the programs ASUS has included to get the most out of your system. These utilities include the AMD Overdrive utility, ASUS update, ASUS PC Probe II, ASUS AI Suite, and Adobe Acrobat Reader 9. The third tab is the make a disk tab which creates RAID drivers for you for the JMicron JMB36X chip and the SB850 chipset. The fourth tab has electronic versions of the manuals for the board and software available and the last tab has the contact information for ASUS for support should you need it.













ASUS Update, ASUS AI Suite & ASUS PC Probe II:

The ASUS Update utility allows you to easily update and backup your BIOS from within the operating system via a saved file or with the ASUS update servers. This makes updating the BIOS painless and quick. The AI Suite is a program that will throttle your hardware's speeds and voltages to conserve energy and heat automatically by just choosing the setting that you desire. The ASUS PC Probe II utility is a handy little utility that allows the user to view and monitor their hardware voltages, temperatures and fan speeds and also allows you to set warnings for the hardware should they fail or fall below acceptable levels.




ASUS TurboV Evo:

The ASUS TurboV Evo utility is an overclocking utility that allows you to get the most out of your hardware. The utility has three settings that you can use based on your needs or experience level. The first setting is the manual setting which gives the user control over the CPU frequency, CPU voltage, CPU/NB voltage and the memory voltage. Once you get the system where you want, you can save and load profiles based on your needs. The second setting is easy mode which only allows you to adjust the CPU speed while the voltage and other settings will auto set based on the speed selected and the final setting is auto tuning which the system will tune itself for the best possible and stable overclock.





Browser Bookmarks & USB 3.0 Host Controller Information:

The Browser Bookmarks utility is a little tool that takes the bookmarks you have on either Internet Explorer or Firefox and exports them to your Express Gate Browser every time you shut your system down. This way if you need to find something quickly on the net you can boot into Express Gate and surf without having to load the OS to follow a bookmark. The USB 3.0 Host Controller Info just gives you the latest hardware information for the host controller including the driver.



Now that we have everything installed we can reboot and take a look at the BIOS.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  14. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  15. Testing: Fallout 3
  16. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  17. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  18. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  19. Extras: Turbo Key II, Core Unlocker, Express Gate
  20. Conclusion
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