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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX Motherboard Review


Closer Look:

The BIOS is the most important part of the motherboard in my opinion. If you are a true computer enthusiast, then when getting you system setup the way you want it this is where you will spend a lot of your time. ASUS has done a good job making navigating their BIOS with easy grouping the sections together based on their function. To get a better look at the BIOS on the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 motherboard, I will break it down by the section and tell you a little bit about what is found in each one so you can see what is available for you to make changes to.



The main section is the first part of the BIOS that you come to when you start up into it. In this section you can control the date and time for the system, the drives and storage configurations for ACHI or RAID, and you can view the system information such as the BIOS version, processor model and speed, and the memory size.











The Advanced section has a lot going on that you can change. This is where you can change the CPU configuration such as enabling Cool 'n' Quiet, C1E support, Virtual Machine support, and the ASUS Core Unlocker selection, which allows you to select which cores to run based on the processor. There is also more DRAM configuration such as support settings for ECC memory and Ganging mode. In the Advanced section are also the video controls such as selecting the primary video device whether it be the onboard video or a discrete card.





Other onboard devices you have control over are the serial devices, onboard LAN, onboard FireWire, S/PDIF, and USB controllers including the USB 2.0 and 3.0 controllers. You can also enable legacy support for these devices.





In the Power section, the user can adjust the Suspend mode from S1 to S3 or set it to auto and have the system control it. You can also control the ACPI and APM (Advanced Power Management) for features such as power on or WO (Wake on) certain devices. Here you can also monitor your CPU and motherboard temperatures, fan speeds, and the system rail voltages.





The Boot section is where you select the boot priority and boot configuration such as Quick Boot, Logo selection, error messages, and also assign or remove the BIOS and system passwords to protect your system.



  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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