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Mainboards Specifications 

 

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3

Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H

CPU socket

Socket AM3

Socket AM3

Chipset

AMD 890GX + AMD SB850

AMD 890GX + AMD SB850

Integrated graphics

ATI Radeon HD 4290

ATI Radeon HD 4290

128 MB DDR3-1333 Sideport Memory

128 MB DDR3-1333 Sideport Memory

Memory

4 x DDR3 DIMM

4 x DDR3 DIMM

Dual-channel DDR3-1067/1333/1600 SDRAM

Dual-channel DDR3-1067/1333/1600 SDRAM

Maximum capacity – 16 GB

Maximum capacity – 16 GB

Expansion slots

2 x PCI Express x16

2 x PCI Express x16

1 x PCI Express x4

3 x PCI Express x1

1 x PCI Express x1

2 x PCI

2 x PCI

 
Audio codec

Realtek ALC892 8-channel HD audio codec

Realtek ALC892 8-channel HD audio codec

Ethernet controller

Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet

Realtek RTL8111D Gigabit Ethernet

Firewire controller

VIA VT6308

TI TSB43AB23

Additional ATA controller

JMicron JM361

Gigabyte GSATA2

USB 3.0 controller

NEC D720200F1

NEC D720200F1

Board size

ATX, 305x244 mm

ATX, 305x244 mm

Internal Interfaces

USB 2.0

8

8

IEEE-1394

1

2

Serial Port

1

1

Parallel Port

No

No

Floppy

No

Yes

Ultra-ATA 133

1

1

SATA 3.0

No

2 (with RAID support)

SATA 6.0

6  (with RAID support)

6 (with RAID support)

I/O Panel Connectors

USB 2.0

4

4

USB 3.0

2

2

IEEE-1394

1

1

Ethernet

1

1

eSATA

1

No

Analog audio

6

6

Digital audio

Optical SPDIF out

Optical SPDIF out

Video

Dual-link DVI, HDMI, D-Sub

Dual-link DVI, HDMI, D-Sub

 

Testbed and Methods 

We will benchmark the mainboards based on the AMD 890GX chipset in comparison with a mainboard based on AMD's previous integrated chipset, 785G. It is the Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H. This mainboard has similar functionality like the two tested products and works with DDR3 SDRAM, too. 

The following hardware and software components are used in the test session:

  • CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 635 (Propus, 2.9 GHz, 4 x 512 KB L2 cache)
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 (Socket AM3, AMD 890GX + SB850, DDR3 SDRAM)
    • Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H (Socket AM3, AMD 890GX + SB850, DDR3 SDRAM)
    • Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H (Socket AM3, AMD 785G + SB710, DDR3 SDRAM)
  • Memory: 2 x 2 GB, DDR3-1333 SDRAM, 7-7-7-20 (Mushkin 996601)
  • Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 5870
  • Hard disk drive: Western Digital WD3000HLFS
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Drivers: ATI Catalyst 10.3 Display Driver

We are going to carry out our performance tests using an external graphics card as well as the integrated Radeon HD 4290 graphics core. Therefore, there is a discrete graphics card Radeon HD 5870 among the testbed components.

 
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