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ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 & M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 Motherboards Review

Author: raxen
Date: March 9, 2011
Product Name: ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 & M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
Part Number: M4A88TD-M/USB3 & M4A88TD-V EVO/USB
Warranty: 3 Years
 
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880G Features and Motherboard Specifications


Over the past few months we’ve reviewed a few AMD motherboards featuring 800-series chipsets, from the Gigabyte 870A-UD3 with the low-end 870, to the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula with the most powerful 890FX northbridge. Today we’re looking in-depth at the 880G northbridge, a low-to-mid range chipset designed to offer on-board integrated graphics, Hybrid CrossfireX, and even CrossfireX support at 16x/4x speeds for ATX-sized boards.


The AMD 880G northbridge is an updated version of the 785G chipset featured on motherboards manufactured in 2009. Features-wise the two chipsets are almost identical. There’s support for 22 PCI-Express 2.0 lanes, DirectX 10.1, Hybrid Crossfire, AVIVO HD (UVD 2.0), and DVI, HDMI, Display Port, and d-Sub video outputs. The new Radeon HD 4250 Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) in the 880G features a higher clock speed which is set at 560Mhz.

Most of the new features found on the two motherboards reviewed today are actually implemented on the SB850 southbridge, which gives the M4A88TD-M and the M4A88TD-V EVO SATA 6Gbps and RAID 5 capabilities. However, like all other motherboards on the market, USB 3.0 functionality is provided through the use of the NEC Superspeed P720200 controller.

Let’s first take a look at the features of the ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3, a mini-ATX motherboard featuring the 880G/SB850 chipset combo, and the features of the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3, the full-sized ATX version featuring the same chipset.

M4A88TD-M/USB3


M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3

 
 
 

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