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AMD Launches 6 Core CPU-ready 890GX Mobo

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This board is prepped for the hexacore AMD Phenom II X6.

AMD and its motherboard partners today released the AMD 890GX Chipset, integrated with the ATI Radeon HD 4290, and are designed to be compatible with the upcoming AMD Phenom II X6 six-core processor.

The AMD 890GX Chipset supports the SATA 3.0 6Gb/s hard drive interface and many AMD 890GX-based motherboards feature SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.

We've got our hands on the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H, the Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3, and the MSI 890GXM-G65. After putting them through a barrage of tests, our reviews department found that AMD’s SB850 southbridge is probably the best reason to select an 890GX motherboard over the products it replaces thanks to the new integrated SATA 6Gb/s controller.

If you're building a new AMD-based system – particularly one you plan on containing six cores, then you should head on over to read our full review.

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    grillz9909 , March 2, 2010 9:08 PM
    soldier37Yeh whatever at twice the price too! Get outta here Intel troll! No one cares about the X58. Im just fine with my x4 965 quad at 4ghz and 2x 5870s in crossfire,2x Velicraptors and 2560 x 1600 res and 8gb ram with my MSI 790Fx board.


    stopped reading right there
    learn2raid noob
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    grillz9909 , March 2, 2010 9:03 PM
    i'll wait for 890fx thanks
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    zorky9 , March 2, 2010 8:52 PM
    Looks like the X58 is still a better choice performance-wise.
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    dman3k , March 2, 2010 8:55 PM
    Looks like SATA performance is sub par. I'll wait till they fix that.

    I will also wait till that support usb3 natively.
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    werxen , March 2, 2010 8:56 PM
    come on BENCHMARKS!
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    grillz9909 , March 2, 2010 9:03 PM
    i'll wait for 890fx thanks
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    grillz9909 , March 2, 2010 9:08 PM
    soldier37Yeh whatever at twice the price too! Get outta here Intel troll! No one cares about the X58. Im just fine with my x4 965 quad at 4ghz and 2x 5870s in crossfire,2x Velicraptors and 2560 x 1600 res and 8gb ram with my MSI 790Fx board.


    stopped reading right there
    learn2raid noob
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    eklipz330 , March 2, 2010 9:13 PM
    no ddr3 trip channel?

    yeah, looks like ill be waiting for the 890fx boards... can't be too far off can they now?
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    coopchennick , March 2, 2010 9:14 PM
    grillz9909i'll wait for 890fx thanks

    Yeah I was wondering why they would include graphics for this launch. Wouldn't this be targeted at enthusiasts -- the people who have higher end graphics cards
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    saint19 , March 2, 2010 9:16 PM
    Well, now we must wait 'till the six-core of AMD and Intel to see who is the winner (90% sure that will be Intel)
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    Reynod , March 2, 2010 9:17 PM
    Thanks Markus ... hope you have one of these warmed up on the bench for the X6 tests and article to follow.

    Looking forward to that.
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    zorky9 , March 2, 2010 9:22 PM
    soldier37Yeh whatever at twice the price too! Get outta here Intel troll! No one cares about the X58. Im just fine with my x4 965 quad at 4ghz and 2x 5870s in crossfire,2x Velicraptors and 2560 x 1600 res and 8gb ram with my MSI 790Fx board.


    I do have an AMD system. But between hexacore-ready mobos, X58 appears to be better IMO (withstanding the price).

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    eklipz330 , March 2, 2010 9:31 PM
    SAINT19Well, now we must wait 'till the six-core of AMD and Intel to see who is the winner (90% sure that will be Intel)


    i'm 100% sure intel will take this one too. unlike nvidia, intel is taking NO breaks in keeping their crown, and AMD will have to really put their money in R&D to catch up... at least their graphics division is kicking ass

    i was gonna build a i7 920 system... but i think the six cores are about a year[?] away, i think ima settle with a 890fx and phenom ii 955..shud be about ~$150 less in total, ill put that aside for a new gpu ^_^
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    spoofedpacket , March 2, 2010 9:47 PM
    soldier37Yeh whatever at twice the price too! Get outta here Intel troll! No one cares about the X58. Im just fine with my x4 965 quad at 4ghz and 2x 5870s in crossfire,2x Velicraptors and 2560 x 1600 res and 8gb ram with my MSI 790Fx board.


    Why do we get one of these in every thread? Sometimes they get traction and their anti-Intel/Nvidia troll gets +20, other times the band of troll mods doesn't show up.

    Let's face it already: This site is for hardware enthusiasts. It is not all about saving every penny on a computer. Congrats on saving money everywhere you could, but not everyone has the same budget or preferences when it comes to building a "rig" as your ilk calls it.

    Aside from the hate and drivel trolls bring to this forum- Can't we just be happy both of the big chip makers have 6-core workstation class CPUs on the way soon? I'm pretty happy for my vmware box.
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    tacoslave , March 2, 2010 9:57 PM
    spoofedpacketWhy do we get one of these in every thread? Sometimes they get traction and their anti-Intel/Nvidia troll gets +20, other times the band of troll mods doesn't show up.Let's face it already: This site is for hardware enthusiasts. It is not all about saving every penny on a computer. Congrats on saving money everywhere you could, but not everyone has the same budget or preferences when it comes to building a "rig" as your ilk calls it.Aside from the hate and drivel trolls bring to this forum- Can't we just be happy both of the big chip makers have 6-core workstation class CPUs on the way soon? I'm pretty happy for my vmware box.

    dont feed the trolls just walk away and ignore doesn't /b/ experience teach you anything?
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    jimmysmitty , March 2, 2010 10:03 PM
    SO wait.... if they are making a mobo specifically with a chipset thats made for the new 6 core Phenoms, does that mean people with a older AMD mobo wont be able to drop in the 6 core?

    If so, that would suck for those who bought a system now waiting for the 6 core Phenom IIs.
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    Anonymous , March 2, 2010 10:46 PM
    Will the hexacores work in the older 790gx?
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    pakardbell486dx2 , March 3, 2010 12:16 AM
    Wait I am confused, will this new 6 core cpu work with my Gigabyte 790XTA with a bios update??
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    pink315 , March 3, 2010 1:59 AM
    zorky9Looks like the X58 is still a better choice performance-wise.


    yes with all those 6gbs sata ports integrated right? Last time i checked there is a added chip in x58 to get 6gbs and its a work around. It takes up bandwith and only supplies 2 ports, and most don't support raid. I'm not one of those guys that thinks a ton of extra add in cards make my ego get bigger.
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    Dirtman73 , March 3, 2010 3:15 AM
    I'm pretty sure AMD never claimed that the 6 core would work with current mobos. Why would it?

    Pretty underwhelming stats for this board though.
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    saran008 , March 3, 2010 3:46 AM
    I will wait for the 890fx for my new build :) 
    AMD always ROCKS!
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    saran008 , March 3, 2010 3:48 AM
    I'll wait for 890FX for my new build.
    AMD always rocks!
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