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Written by Bruce Normann   
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Motherboard
AMD 880G Chipset Overview
ASUS AMD-880G Series Features
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Specifications
Closer Look: M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Details
ASUS BIOS and Overclocking
Motherboard Testing Methodology
EVEREST Benchmark Results
PCMark Vantage Test Results
CINEBENCH 11.5 Benchmark
Passmark Performance Test Benchmark
Crysis Test Results
Aliens vs. Predator Test Results
Motherboard Final Thoughts
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Conclusion

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Specifications

CPU

AMD Socket AM3 ;Phenom II /Athlon II /Sempron 100 Series Processors
AMD 140W CPU Support
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
Supports 45nm CPU

Chipset

AMD 880G/SB850

System Bus

Up to 5200 MT/s ; HyperTransport 3.0

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
*AMD AM3 100 and 200 series CPU support up to DDR3 1066MHz.
*Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Install a 64-bit Windows OS when you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard.

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 , support ATI CrossFireX Technology (blue @ x16 mode,gray @ x4 mode)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
3 x PCI

VGA

Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 GPU
- Supports HDMI Technology with max. resolution up to 1920 x 1200 (1080P)
- Supports Dual-link DVI with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @ 60Hz
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536 @ 85Hz
- Dual independent displays support with HDMI / DVI and D-Sub
- Supports DirectX 10.1, OpenGL 2.0, Shader Model 4.1, Universal Video Decoder (UVD) 2.0
- Hardware Decode Acceleration for H.264,VC-1, and MPEG-2
- Maximum shared memory of 1GB
- Hybrid CrossFireXTM Support
Integrated Memory
- SidePort Memory - onboard 128MB DDR3 1333 memory

Storage

SB850 Chipset
5 xSATA 6Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD
1 x eSATA port (6Gb/s ready)
VT6330 controller:
- 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices

LAN

Realtek 8111E Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2

Audio

ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC

IEEE 1394

VIA VT6330 controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (1 at mid-board; 1 at back panel)

USB

12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
2 x USB 3.0 ports (blue, at back panel)

ASUS Unique Features

ASUS Xtreme Design
ASUS Hybrid Processor - TurboV EVO
- Turbo Unlocker, TurboV, Auto Tuning, CPU Level UP and GPU Boost
ASUS Hybrid OS - Express Gate
ASUS Hybrid Switches
- Turbo Key II
- Core Unlocker
ASUS Exclusive Features
- MemOK!
- Anti-Surge protection
ASUS Power Solutions:
- 8+2 Phase Power Design
- EPU
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stylish heat sink solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- ASUS EZ Flash 2

Overclocking Features

Intelligent overclocking tools
- TurboV EVO
- GPU BOOST
- Turbo Key II
Precision Tweaker 2
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.003125V increment
- vChipset (N.B.): Adjustable chipset voltage at 0.003125V increment
- vDIMM: Adjustable DRAM voltage at 0.015V increment
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
- HT frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 550MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port
1 x DVI
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x S/PDIF Out (optical)
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
8 -Channel Audio I/O
2 x USB 3.0 ports (blue)
1 x eSATA port

Internal I/O Connectors

4 x USB connectors (8 ports)
1 x IDE connector
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x Core Unlocker switch
1 x Turbo Key II switch
1 x MemOK! Button
1 x COM connector
5 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel

BIOS

16 Mb Flash ROM , AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

Manageability

WOL by PME,WOR by PME, WOR by Ring, PXE

Accessories

User's manual
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
4 x Serial ATA cables (2 @ 6Gb/s, 2 @ 3Gb/s)
1 x Q-Connector (retail version only)
1 x Q-shield

Support Disc

Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
Express Gate
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
AMD OverDrive Utility (AOD)

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )



 

Comments 

 
# Good review, dubious comparisonsBernardP 2010-07-21 07:22
A well-written, detailed review, with good explanations of the features of this particular motherboard. However, knowing that the i5-750 eats Phenoms quad-cores for breakfast, showing comparative benchmarks of the i5-750 with X2 and X3 Phenoms is not representative.

I would have liked to see comparative benchmarks involving a Phenom II X4 945, which has the same 95W TDP as the 15-750.

Also, there are no comments about the Core Unlocking and Turbo Core performance.
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# AgreedBruce Normann 2010-07-21 08:18
I would have prefered to compare apples-to-apples on the CPU, but I used what I had available. For this board, I actually would have liked to compare one of the new Clarksdale CPUs from Intel either the Pentium G6950 Clarkdale 2.8GHz or the Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz. They're on either side of the price for the X2 555BE I tested with. I had a Core2Duo Wolfdale in house, but that's not really comparable.

My X2 chip wouldn't unlock unfortunately, so I can't offer performance comparisons for the Core Unlocker. The Turbo Unlocker is tough to measure accurately, as it is dynamic and doesn't always respond the same way every time. I will try and do some more testing and will update the review if I can get reliable results.

Thanks for the feedback.
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# RE: AgreedBernardP 2010-07-21 10:30
Thanks for you reply and explanations. Interesting to know your Phenom X2 sample wouldn't unlock. Many people seem to think that X2 and X3 processors *have* to unlock and feel cheated when they don't.
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# AMD GamerPhil Holmes 2011-04-07 18:24
##facebook.com/DJ.Decibels.4DFx#!/photo.php?fbid=10150548993280384&set=a.10150548993275384.648430.543020383&theater

Benchmark ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO with 4GB DDR3 1333MHz / AMD PhenomII x4 965 Black Edition 124w
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