Package and Contents
The M4A89TD PRO/USB3 arrived in a box that's eye catching, but thankfully not eye-watering. ASUS has given the box a light green tint (almost a powder green). This is to denote that it is an AMD based product (Intel is blue). The front has the "Extreme Design" logo that has become standard for this level of product along with a few badges to highlight important features and supported products (like the Phenom II X6).
On the back we find a more detailed explanation of the core features listed on the front along with a diagram of the board pin pointing the location of major components. If we read into what we see on the back, then ASUS' major push with the M4A89TD PRO/USB3 is people looking to get more from the CPUs they buy. With Core Unlocker featured on the left, we have a feeling that ASUS is looking for the people buying dual and tri core CPUs and hoping to find out they are really quads.
With other items like Turbo Unlocker and TurboV listed, this impression is further supported. Oddly enough, items like Express Gate, Fan Expert, CPU Level Up and the 6+2 Xtreme Phase are not listed on the box.
The goodies inside the box are decent. ASUS has thrown in some higher quality SATA cables for your use along with their Q-shield and Q-Connectors. There is no Crossfire Bridge, but most AMD GPUs ship with them anyway.
With this limited amount of accessories, we can only conclude that the money is in the board design and components used.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Box and What's Inside]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard]
- Page 4 [BIOS and Overclocking]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and Comments]
- Page 6 [Synthetic Tests - Part I]
- Page 7 [Synthetic Tests - Part II]
- Page 8 [Synthetic Tests - Part III]
- Page 9 [Real-World Tests - Part I]
- Page 10 [Real-World Tests Part II]
- Page 11 [Power Usage, Heat Tests and Final Thoughts]