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Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:58

MSI and ASRock 890GX tested - 2 MSI 890GXM-G65

Written by Eliot Kucharik

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Review: Upgraded 785G with 6Gbps SATA support



Features:
AMD 890GX with 128MB DDR3 sideband memory/SB850
4+1-phase VRM (dual lane design)
ISL 6326A VRM controller

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Realtek RTL8111DL PCIe Gb LAN controller

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NEC µPD7202001F1 two port USB 3.0 host controller

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JMicro JMB368 PATA host controller

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Realtek ALC889

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Realtek RTM880N clock generator

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passive cooling of chipsets/VRM
8Mb BIOS, version: 1.7b4
Mainboard Revision: 1.0

Slots:
2x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x8 Mode when both are used)
1x PCIe x1
1x PCI

Memory:
4x Dual-Channel DDR3-slots for PC3-10667U memory up to 16GB


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Storage:
5-Port SATA II 6GBps featuring RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, JBOD
1x PATA port

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Backpanel ports:
1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
1x Gb LAN
2x USB 3.0
4x USB 2.0
1x eSATA
7.1 analog audio
1x optical audio out
1x VGA
1x DVI
1x HDMI 1.3

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Accessories:
1x SATA cable with clips
1x HDD to SATA power-cable


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Last modified on Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:32
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+6 #1 BernardP 2010-09-08 13:34
Nice review, Eliot,

There have been reports that the latest AMD chipset (SB 850) is unable to deliver the promised SATA 6Gbps bandwidth and is still performing at SATA II level. Have you been able to check for this?

A more general comment: I find the benchmark graphs in Fudzilla's reviews hard to read: each item description should appear next to its line, not underneath the graph; results should be grouped for each board and in the same order in each graph.
 
 
0 #2 eliot 2010-09-09 09:32
Quoting BernardP:
Nice review, Eliot,


thx a lot :-)

Quoting BernardP:
There have been reports that the latest AMD chipset (SB 850) is unable to deliver the promised SATA 6Gbps bandwidth and is still performing at SATA II level. Have you been able to check for this?


I don't have a 6Gbps drive yet, the latest SSD I test right now has issues, but only with write speeds. The read speeds are only minimal off compared to a P55. I'm in contact with the manufacture to sort things out.

Quoting BernardP:
A more general comment: I find the benchmark graphs in Fudzilla's reviews hard to read: each item description should appear next to its line, not underneath the graph; results should be grouped for each board and in the same order in each graph.


That is a matter of personal taste. The colors are grouped by manufacturer. CPUs are always in the same order on both boards :) Due to time constraints I'll rework them sometime in the future, meanwhile I have to stick with it. Besides, the benches are not really important nowadways as the performance is always inside of 2% of each other.

best,

Eliot
 

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