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

Biostar TA890GXB-HD Motherboard Review

With the release of the new 6-core Thuban processors, AMD unveiled their latest chipset to go with it; the 890FX/GX. Very similar to the 790FX chipset, the 890GX is the first ever to support native SATA 6Gb/s 6Gb/s. In this article Benchmark Reviews takes an in depth look at one of the Biostar's latest motherboards built around the 890GX chipset. The Biostar TA890GXB-HD mATX AM3 Motherboard is an entry-level board that, as the G suggests, pairs with onboard graphics in order to give budget minded users the option of using the latest technologies with the option of taking some of the pressure off their pockets. AMD has a reputation, especially recently, of making good quality products available to the everyday users and enthusiasts that might not be able to afford their hobby otherwise. The 890GX chipset is recommended for use with Phenom-II processors and it pairs quite well with the Athlon-II series as well, which are the most likely pairing for the Biostar TA890GXB-HD AM3 Motherboard, given its price. We will be pitting the TA890GXB-HD against the older 785G chipset to see just what type of performance the new chipset offers.


AMD has been stepping up their game over the last few years by releasing stable and effective chipsets that motherboard manufacturers have decided to use in their products. The recent trend for these valuable chipsets is to integrate them with graphics. The 780G and 790GX, and later the 785G chipsets showed that AMD is serious about their products. The 890GX chipset continues this trend by offering the newest AMD chipset combined with the Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics processor. While the Radeon HD4290 offers no real improvement over the 785G chipset's Radeon HD 4200, it still offers a valuable IGP that has been outperforming even the most recent Intel IGP options found on die with the new i3, i5, and i7 processors.

The 890GX chipset pairs with either the SB850 southbridge, which brings with it the bulk of the changes found in the new chipset. The SB850 offers and additional two PCIe lanes, opening a lot of potential for USB 3.0 controllers and increases in potential bandwidth. The most prominent feature of the new southbridge is, of course, the support for native SATA 6Gb/s 6.0 Gb/s. A couple additional USB ports and a GbE MAC round out the new southbridge.

With its support for Thuban 6-core processors, the core unlocKING function, and extreme overclocking capabilities, the Biostar TA890GXB-HD offers a motherboard with plenty of features into an entry-level arena with its low price point and mATX form factor. Just how well can the Biostar TA890GXB-HD hold up against the similarly priced 785G chipset? Follow along as we put it to the test. With the northbridges being nearly identical, can the 890GX really offer that much potential difference for an entry-level user? It is unlikely that the market targeted by the TA890GXB-HD will be focused on buying a 6-core processor immediately. Even the SATA 6Gb/s functionality will likely be lost on someone looking for an inexpensive system. But the key here is upgradeability. While 6-core processors and drives that push bandwidth past the limits of SATA II are still expensive for entry-level users, they soon won't be. And the TA890GXB-HD will then have much more to offer than it's older counterparts.

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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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