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ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX Motherboard Review



Now we can get down to the nitty-gritty bit of the review and that is the testing section. To test the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 motherboard, I will be running a series of video and scientific benchmarks designed to tell how well it performs. I will then take the scores and compare them among other motherboards in its class to gauge how the performance of the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 fairs compared to them. To keep the tests fair and eliminate any outside variables all of the testing will be done using the same settings including speeds, voltages and latencies that way the true performance of the board are what makes the difference. Since some of the motherboard were testing with the Phenom II X4 955 prior to the 965's release I will run the tests down clocked to the 955's speeds. Everything else will remain the same, unless otherwise noted.


Testing Setup AMD AM3 CPU's:


Comparison Motherboards:



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 4.226GHz (216.7 x 19.5) 1.5v
  • System Memory: OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite 2 x 2GB @ 1733MHz (7-7-7-20)
  • Processor Cooling: Custom Water Cool Setup

With the available options on the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 for tuning it was a pleasure and a surprise on how high I was able to overclock the Phenom II X4 965. Just as a note this overclock was done using a custom water cooling system and the temperatures even under load never surpassed 48C degrees in a room with the ambient temperature of 22C degrees. To start the overclocking, I first raised the multiplier while slightly raising the voltage. Once I was no longer able to boot stably, I backed down the multiplier a bit and then started pushing the reference clock as well while still adjusting the voltage and the multipliers for the HyperTransport and the memory. I knew under water I could push the voltage a bit more, so I topped it at 1.5V and pushed the reference clock and multiplier a bit more and was able to boot at 4.3GHz but it was not stable enough to pass benchmarks so I tapped them down a bit and found a sweet spot at 4.226GHz, where everything ran stable and the temperatures were still low. For the final overclocking settings, the processor is at 4.226GHz (216.7MHz x 19.5) at 1.5V and the memory was set at 1733MHz with timings of 7-7-7-20.




  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  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. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty World At War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Fallout 3 
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

  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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