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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Time and time again we find ourselves mentioning the advantages of owning an AMD system. While it isn’t possible to build the fastest consumer system available using AMD parts, you can bet that whatever components you bought will be the best bang for your buck.

AMD’s marketing strategy is simple: sell CPUs which range from $50 dollars to $350 dollars and make motherboards which are compatible with all of those processors.
When the consumer wants to upgrade their system, they simply replace their CPU. There is no need to buy additional ram or a new motherboard. The same scenario in the Intel camp could potentially have the consumer shelling out top dollar for more new parts just to upgrade from a LGA 1156 to a 1366, 1155 or soon to be released 2011 processor.

Keeping in mind the current instabilities faced by economies around the world, AMD’s pricing strategy is clearly geared towards the budget consumer market. As a result, AMD motherboards offered by manufacturers usually cost significantly less than their Intel counterparts.

Back in December 2009, we had reviewed two $100 ASUS 785G/SB710 motherboards – the M4A785TD-M EVO and the M4A785TD-V EVO – and were very impressed with the price and performance of these two boards. Today, we are going to look at the “updated” versions – the M4A88TD-M/USB3 and the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3. Both boards are equipped with an 880G/SB850 chipset combo, bringing to the table USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps, Radeon 4250 integrated graphics processors, and much much more. To make matters even more interesting, the retail price for the mATX version is under the $100 mark while the larger, fully decked out ATX board costs about $110.

Without further ado, let’s jump right into these budget-level boards!


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