One of the cool things about the computer market is that it is constantly evolving with new CPUs, video cards, memory and other components. AMD has been at the back burner for most people wanting the highest speed CPUs and the cutting edge in memory speeds due to their architecture not being as efficient and general performance. AMD CPUs have been successful in the more mainstream markets for various reasons including the cost, compatibility with older motherboards that is never present with Intel boards.
AMD launched the 890GX chipset last year with the new HD 4290 integrated graphics chip and SATA 6 Gb/second native support from the chipset as the main new features. This is also the first motherboard chipset to support AMD’s new 6-core CPUs natively. On April 26th, AMD launched their newest Thuron CPUs which are the first 6 core CPUs from AMD. The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T and 1055T are the first out of the gate. With price points near the $300 price range and the competition from Intel at that price point being the Core i7 930 with 4 cores, these new CPUs fits a market and are competitive with the Core i7s from Intel at the same price in most situations. Add to that the fact that you can drop the 6 core CPU into most modern AM2+ and AM3 motherboards and use them after a BIOS update. BIOSTAR is a Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer that designs and manufactures motherboards for both Intel and AMD chipsets. Today’s review is on the TA890GXB HD motherboard which is one of two offerings from BIOSTAR with this chipset. chipset.