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 AMD-890GX Features


BIO-unlocKING technology enables the ACC function on AMD processors and unlock extra 3rd or 4th core with a super-simple click on your keyboard.

GTO63 the newest technology presented by BIOSTAR

GTO 63 stands for GreaTurbo Overclock, special designed for Overclockers. GT60, SATA 6G, and AMD 6-core processor support are the Actor of GTO 63. GTO 63 is a based the demanding technology from this industry. GTO 63 offers "GT60" technology with capability for gaming performance gain up to 60%; SATA6G, the fastest storage transfer rate on Earth; and the upcoming AMD 6-core processor with incredible multi-computing.

2 Phase Memory Power Design

2-phase independent power design to increase memory voltage stability and durability.

BIOSTAR "GPU" Technology

BIOSTAR G.P.U (Green Power Utility) is a new function, it will enhance energy efficiency by disabling extra phases while CPU on light loading. It integrated a friendly GUI to monitor what's your CPU resourcing, response and optimized the power saving on your system. Such as Heavy 3D Gaming, Internet or MSN charting, G.P.U will always arrange the best power efficiency in your system.

Chipset-CPU Features

AMD 890GX+SB850

Powered by ATI RadeonTM HD 4290 Graphics, DirectX 10.1 introduces detail-rich images and dynamic interactivity for playing the latest DirectX 10.1 games. AMD 890GX Chipset is designed up to 5200MT/s HyperTransportTM 3.0 (HT3.0) interface and PCI ExpressTM 2.0 x 16 graphics. It's enhanced AMD's latest AM3 and multi-core CPUs to experience life like images and dynamic interactivity for playing the latest games, editing digital photos and videos and for experiencing

ATI Hybrid CrossFireXTM Technology

ATI Hybrid CrossFireXTM takes your gaming experience to the next level, under a Windows Vista environment. ATI Hybrid CrossFireX boosts PC performance by enabling the AMD Chipset's integrated graphics processor and a discrete GPU (ATI RadeonTM HD 2400 Series ATI RadeonTM HD 3400 Series) to operate simultaneously with combined output to a single display for blis display for blisteringly-fast frame rates. Unleash the graphics performance that you've been waiting for on a mainstream Windows Vista PC!

Integrated HDMI with HDCP

On board HDMI connector allows full Video & Audio support via standard DVI output. Industry leading scores for High Definition video quality.

SATA 6Gb/s
High Efficiency of Data transfer rate

SATAIII 6Gbps provides a higher bandwidth to retrieve and transfer HD media. With this super speed data transfer, SATAIII enables an incredible data boost up to 2 x faster than SATA 3G.

BIOS-Software Features


Effortlessly update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering your OS.
BIO-FLASHER is a convenient BIOS update tool. Just launch this tool and put the BIOS on USB Pen Driver before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility.


BIO-ReLife Technology let you to resume crushed BIOS data from a USB flash Pen Driver that put the new BIOS file. This considerate BIOS utility can restore your system and far from the BIOS Crush situation.


Biostar offered 3 kind of overclocking settings (V6/V8/V12) that provided good, better, best O.C setting which turned in Biostar Labs. The motherboard features the Biostar T series Motherboards that allows users to conveniently load our preset BIOS settings.
These BIOS settings giving users freedom to enjoy overclocking with simple instruction.

Other Features

Rapid Switch

No more meddling with Power and Reset jumpers on the board. The Power and Reset buttons are built onboard. It is convenient for DIY users to test the board without short-circuiting the wrong pins.

Rapid Debug

No need to check any H/W installation error flurried. On board
LED indicator will answer the question for user.

X.D.C (eXtreme Durable Capacitors)

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.

Tweak Tech

Biostar owned unique engineering PWM layout with low ESR and high ripple conductive solid state caps to provide sufficient, stable power supply to the CPU. And the same philosophy applies to our DDR design to enhance voltage stability of memory.



# 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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