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Great board for upgrading,
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This review is from: Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Socket AM3 AMD 890GX/SB850 6 SATA USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard (Personal Computers)
bought this board since it was an AM3 socket which was what i was looking for, overall im very impressed by the board, had a bit of a problem installing the board in my case, since there wasnt quite enough room for the back panel cover.
the board has a great design too, love the mem-ok button, had some initial problems with my RAM (it doesnt accept 1600MHz RAM right off the bat), but thats simple to get around, just put the RAM in, and use the MEM-OK button and it will work perfectly fine, then just go to the BIOS and change the frequency to the 1600MHz that you wanted.
the BIOS is also great for this board, lets you tweak allot of stuff very easily and the layout is very user friendly.
If you want to take a gamble, you can opt to try the core unlocker, some AMD processors have locked cores, for example the Athlon II and Phenom II X2 and X3 models are models with locked cores, if you are lucky enough, the locked cores will be in workable condition, therefore, adding 1 or maybe even 2 more cores to your processor. just a bit of a warning and note on that, the X2 and X3 models are usually designated that because of manufacturing defects on the locked cores, so remember that theres no guarantee you will get extra cores, and also if you do unlock the cores, you may have to fiddle with the settings to get them to be stable. but hey, if you buy a dual/triple core and try the unlocker, you cant loose, at worse you will just be stuck with the processor you paid for, which is still pretty good since AMD offers very good prices for their products, the best is getting a hell of a lot more bang for your buck by getting a quad core for the price of a dual.
A bit of a side note, the GTD version(this one) comes with a decent integrated video card (ATI Radeon HD 4290) which you can change the amount of integrated memory it uses, up to 512mb, so you can have a 512mb DDR3 video card right off the bat without paying for a video card, and i must say, the integrated video card impresses me, you cant do anything past light gaming with it, but it runs TF2 (high settings) and Fallout 3 (medium settings) pretty well, i have even heard you can play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on minimum settings smoothly. you should be able to play almost every game on minimum settings smoothly at the very least as of now (Oct 2010). so, if you are on a budget, you can forgo buying a video card temporarily with this board, which is what i did, I eventually got myself an ATI Radeon HD 5770.
overall, I highly recommend this mobo, its feature set will come in handy for users of nearly any level, plus, you wont need to upgrade the mobo itself for years since its built for upgrading.
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - AM3 - AMD 890GX - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0 GHz 4x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail ADX640WFGMBOX
Corsair 4GB Dual Channel Corsair DDR3 Memory for Intel Core i5 Processors (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9)
OCZ OCZ550FTY Fatal1ty Series 550W Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II WD5000AAKS
Thermaltake V5 Black Edition Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis VL70001W2Z (Black)
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)