I suggest that we start with the mainboards that got the lowest scores in our today’s test session. ASRock 890FX Deluxe3 and Biostar TA890FXE seem to be out of place in this roundup. It is not only because they failed to overclock our test processor to its maximum. It is not the reason but rather the consequence of all sorts of problems they have. There are a few functions in the BIOS of the ASRock mainboard that either do not work at all, or work incorrectly; you must raise the processor Vcore way too aggressively during overclocking, which prevents you from hitting higher frequencies. As for the Biostar mainboard, we were very concerned about its snowballing power consumption under heavy operational loads, which forced us to limit our CPU overclocking. It also has a number of issues in the BIOS, just like the ASRock product. These two mainboards will do just fine in nominal mode, but you shouldn’t count on anything beyond that, really.
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 is an excellent choice for anyone. There is nothing excessive, everything you need for successful overclocking and system fine-tuning is there. The mainboard supports all legacy interfaces; it has the largest number of USB and Serial ATA ports and has the busiest back panel. Over the past few years Gigabyte mainboards have been making only the most positive impression. Of course, they do have a few drawbacks of their own, but these are mostly minor issues that do not really cause you much trouble. It is a good mainboards with good functionality and predictable behavior. It will undoubtedly satisfy the majority of users.
However, if you are looking for something special, sophisticated and technologically rich, then you should go for Asus M4A89TD Pro/USB3 and MSI 890FXA-GD70. They offer handy technologies for automatic overclocking that work correctly and will be very helpful to commencing overclockers. They also provide additional operating systems and performance-enhancing functions that will also lower the power consumption. It is impossible to name an indisputable leader here, as the boards from both manufacturers are good in their own way, each boasts its own unique advantages.
Speaking of the pricing, we have to remind you that prices differ in various parts of the world, but they are all below $200, staying mostly around $175-$185. The only exception is the mainboard from MSI that is approaching $200 barrier and the mainboard from Biostar that is selling for around $150. In our Asus Crosshair IV Formula and Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 mainboards review we spoke a lot about the prices on mainboards and processors. In fact, we feel that the $200 price tag is a little too much for a Socket AM3 mainboard. Out of all today’s testing participants, only Biostar mainboard seems to have acceptable price, but it is almost the only advantage of this product. If you have no intention to build ATI CrossFire graphics configurations, then maybe you should consider getting an AMD870 based mainboard instead.
Summing up the results if our today’s test session, we are proud to award Asus M4A89TD Pro/USB3 with our Editor’s Choice title. It is an excellent stable and fast mainstream solution with extensive functionality typical of much pricier products.
As for MSI 890FXA-GD70, it receives our Ultimate Innovation title. Although it is a little more expensive than the competitors, it combines almost all the advantages of the other products. And it is only in performance and power consumption that it falls just a little bit behind the leaders.