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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 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

Motherboard Testing Methodology

I recently looked at how well an AMD 790FX system holds up to a more modern Core i5 setup. The 880G Northbridge can't hold a candle to the 42 available PCI Express lanes on the 790FX, but we're limiting our tests to a single video card in a single x16 PCI Express slot, so that aspect is a fair match. The Core i5 system is generally going to offer superior performance, with 4 cores, better performance per clock cycle, and what is arguably the best integrated memory controller on the market. Hey, nobody said it was going to be a completely fair fight...

ASUS_M4A88TD-V_EVO_USB3_Motherboard_CPU-Z_Mainboard.pngTest Systems

Intel LGA 1156 System

AMD 790FX AM3 System

AMD 880G AM3 System

Benchmark Applications

  • Lavalys EVEREST Ultimate Edition v5.50
  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage 64-Bit
  • Maxon CINEBENCH 11.5 64-Bit
  • Passmark Performance Test v7.0 (1011) 64 Bit
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark v1.03 (Very High Settings, 0x and 4x Anti-Aliasing)
  • Aliens vs. Predator (Texture Q-Very High, Shadow Q-High, HW Tessellation & Advanced Shadow Sampling-ON, MSAA-0 & 4x, AF-16x, SSAO-ON)

I took the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard to two different levels of stable overclock for these tests. The first, at 3.8 GHz (225 MHz x 17) I got easily without raising the CPU voltage from the default value. I then raised the voltage just a bit, and changed to 230 MHz x 17.5 for a 4.0 GHz overclock. I concentrated on raising the system bus instead of the multiplier for these trials, because this is a motherboard test and I wanted to see how well the Northbridge would handle the higher bus speeds. I didn't go wild, like we used to in the Core2Duo days (400 MHz on P35's, remember...?), but instead used what folks without an unlocked CPU multiplier might use in the real world. Memory timings were kept at their rated timings of 8-8-8-24 for all tests. I also used the standard voltage spec for the OCZ Black Edition DIMMS, 1.65V.



# 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!/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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