So far this year we have reviewed two motherboards based on AMD's latest 800-series chipsets, MSI's 890FXA-GD70 and 890GXM-G65. In those reviews I explained that although both share the same 890 model number, the 890GX actually uses a variant of the RS880 chipset found in mainstream 880G motherboards. The GX's onboard graphics, classified as a HD4290 equivalent, offers a 700MHz core frequency and 128Mb DDR3-1333 SidePort memory, and features DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1 and Hybrid CrossFireX. The newest SB850 Southbridge chip gives us SATA 6Gb/s speeds, and like many boards released this year, adds USB 3.0 support via the popular NEC 720200F1 controller.
Today I have for review the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard, which uses the AMD 880G chipset. An extremely close cousin to the 890GX, the 880G also utilizes the RS880 graphics, with a slightly lower 560MHz core frequency and the same 128Mb DDR3-1333 SidePort memory, giving it an HD4250 rating. Of course the same video features are passed down as well, including CrossFireX support, although the 880G utilizes a 16x/4x slot configuration rather than the 890GX 8x/8x layout. The SB850 Southbridge and NEC chip give the M4A88TD-V the same benefits as the 890GX also, namely SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 support.
Join me as I take a closer look at the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3.