ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
Of AMD’s 800 series chipset, we’ve already seen quite a bit. First out was the high end of the low end, the 880G, then 890FX, and now the rest are coming out. Overall, the 8XX northbridge is slightly disappointing. While they are certainly improved over their predecessors, they aren’t revolutionary by any means, featuring a clock speed increase and an increase in PCIE lanes, respectively. Granted, with much of the northbridge’s functionality moved to the CPU, we can’t always expect monumental changes with chipsets.
The most significant change with the 800 series chipset is in the southbridge, SB850. Unlike Intel’s current southbridge solution, it features native SATA3 support, which is more for future proofing than anything, as solid state drives are just starting to saturate SATA2. Unfortunately, SB850 drops ACC, advanced clock calibration, widely known as the core unlocking feature. Many motherboard manufacturers are coming up with their own core unlocking features, though. Out more recently are the 880G chipset motherboards. They’re quite similar to the 880G, but feature some difference.
For review, we’ve got the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3. Featuring integrated HD4250 graphics with DirectX 10.1 support, SATA3 and USB3 .0 support, it’s pretty loaded, and for less than $120, it’s looking good so far. However, as we all know, paper specs don’t always match up to real-life performance, so let’s take a closer look.
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