Biostar TA890GXB-HD mATX AMD Motherboard E-mail
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Written by Hank Tolman   
Monday, 31 May 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Biostar TA890GXB-HD mATX AMD Motherboard
AMD-890GX Chipset and SB850
Biostar AMD-890GX Features
Biostar TA890GXB-HD Specifications
Closer Look: Biostar TA890GXB-HD
Biostar TA890GXB-HD Detailed Features
Motherboard Testing Methodology
PCMark Vantage Benchmarks
Everest Benchmark Results
Cinebench Benchmarks
Resident Evil 5 Benchmarks
Passmark Benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra Benchmarks
AMD-890 Motherboard Final Thoughts
Biostar TA890GXB-HD Conclusion

PCMark Vantage Benchmark Results

Using synthetic benchmarks to compare one product to another has some distinct advantages when testing similar hardware, yet I have never found myself completely satisfied by the process. I have come to understand that they're important for comparing "apples to apples", and that the results are usually very consistent. But as with any synthetic benchmark, the numbers can often mean very little more than just numbers. We don't take a high score on a synthetic benchmark to mean that a product will/should perform well, and neither should you. The difference between projected performance and actual performance is the difference between fire and the fire-fly.

PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Operating Systems. PCMark Vantage is perfectly suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista or 7 PC from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs.

Regardless of whether the person benchmarking is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing.

TV and Movies Suite

The tests in the TV and Movies Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista TV and Movies Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common TV and Movies usage. The TV and Movies Suite gives a separate PCMark TV and Movies Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. TV and Movies Suite include the following tests:

  • TV and Movies 1
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback: HD DVD w/ additional lower bitrate HD content from HDD, as downloaded from net
  • TV and Movies 2
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 19.39 MBps terrestrial HDTV playback
  • TV and Movies 3
    • HDD Media Center
  • TV and Movies 4
    • Video transcoding: media server archive to portable device
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 48 Mbps Blu-ray playback

Gaming Suite

The tests in the Gaming Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Gaming Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Gaming usage. The Gaming Suite gives a separate PCMark Gaming Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. Gaming Suite includes the following tests:

  • Gaming 1
    • GPU game test
  • Gaming 2
    • HDD: game HDD
  • Gaming 3
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • CPU game test
    • Data decompression: level loading
  • Gaming 4
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • GPU game test
    • CPU game test
    • HDD: game HDD

Music Suite

The tests in the Music Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Music Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Music usage. The Music Suite gives a separate PCMark Music Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score. Music Suite includes the following tests:

  • Music 1
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • Web page rendering - w/ music shop content
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player
  • Music 2
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
  • Music 3
    • Audio transcoding: MP3 -> WMA
  • Music 4
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player

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Right from the start we are surprised by the better performance of the ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO motherboard. While the gains over the Biostar TA890GXB-HD motherboard are minimal, and it is likely that we would see some difference even if we simply used two different motherboards of the same type and version, it is still interesting that the older 785G chipset scores consistently higher in every area. The TV and Movies scores fall within about 1% of each other, showing that the gain is really marginal. The Gaming benchmark gives the ASUS motherboard a 6% performance increase over the Biostar TA890GXB-HD. The ASUS also experiences a 6% increase in the Music benchmarks.

While I find the VIA 7.1 Channel HD Audio CODEC found on the ASUS Motherboard to be superior in providing sound output than the 5.1 Channel Realtek HD Audio CODEC on the TA890GXB-HD, this really shouldn't affect the outcome of even the Music tests. The only thing I can think of is that the ASUS motherboard registers the Athlon-II X3-445 at 3.12GHz compared to the 3.10GHz that the TA890GXB-HD measures from the processor at stock speeds. We know the difference is not in the components, because they have been kept the same throughout both systems. In fact, since the SSD is heavily weighted in both the Gaming and Music benchmarks, it is plain to see here that the SATA 6Gb/s capabilities of the TA890GXB-HD doesn't give any advantage to the scores over the SATA II. This is because the SSD used in the benchmarks, though fast, can't get the speeds up high enough to actually utilize the SATA 6Gb/s bandwidth.



 

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# Reviewcaleb 2010-06-01 05:11
Nice review. Would be nice to see a vs against intel platform in same price range.
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# RE: ReviewSam Delaurentis 2010-06-02 15:11
In the pros section you state the mobo has 100% solid state caps. In the images though it is clear that there are only solid state caps around the cpu area, the rest are electolytic.
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# Solid State CapacitorsHank Tolman 2010-06-03 08:05
You are absolutely right. Though many new Biostar boards have adopted 100% solid state capacitors, this board is obviously not one of them. You can clearly see the electrolytic capacitors throughout the board. This is from biostar's features of the board:

"Biostar adopt with low ESR and high ripple conductive solid state caps provide sufficient, stable power supply to the CPU. Also the life-time can be more than 6.25 X of ordinary liquid caps."

But they obviously didn't make ALL their capacitors solid state. I will make the change to the article. Thanks for catching that.
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# Very Bad for Creative USB X-Fi Surround 5.1Rezka TEY 2011-07-07 09:27
I Just buy this motherboard view month ago, it has good performace, but i got a bad experience about my Creative USB X-Fi Surround 5.1

It is going BSOD when i plug the Creative USB X-Fi Surround 5.1 on USB
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# RE: Very Bad for Creative USB X-Fi Surround 5.1Olin Coles 2011-07-07 09:36
That sounds like a driver/software issue. Remove the drivers/software, restart the system, and reinstall.
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