The gaming/performance figures tell a familiar story:

Gaming Performance - Dawn Of War II - Stock CPU Speed

Application Performance - WinRAR 3.90 x64 - CPU @ Stock

Power Consumption

Our power consumption testing utilizes the same batch of components under similar circumstances in a bid to monitor variances between idle and CPU load conditions. We install the vendor supplied power saving utilities on each board and enable power saving modes that don't involve any kind of underclocking or CPU core frequency modulation in order to run an apples to apples comparison.

ATX PSU switching losses are absent from our figures because we monitor power consumption directly at the DC rails of the PSU. Total system power consumption will vary depending upon the efficiency of your PSU.

DC Power Consumption - H.264 Video Playback

While AMD processors can’t keep up with Intel’s for power consumption, the M4A89GTD Pro turns in a respectable performance against ASUS’s ATX sized Intel equivalent P7H57D-V Evo. The X2 555 falters slightly in these tests due to a high stock VID of 1.35V. The soon to be released X4 910e operates at 2.6GHz with 4 cores with a 65w TDP hence the lower consumption numbers.

You can under-volt the X2 555 somewhat to reduce its power draw, although we found our sample was not capable of running at 3.2GHz at a VID lower than 1.25V. As a quick experiment, we overclocked the 910e to 3.2GHz whilst maintaining a 1.15V VID and it came through our benchmark suite without a problem - whilst pulling only a few extra watts of power. The X4 910e is definitely a superlative bin.

DPC Audio Latency

We’re often asked to include a DPC latency screenshot by audio enthusiasts, here’s what the M4A89GTD Pro manages:


Although we managed to hit target frequencies with all of our processors, the most exciting processor to overclock out of the bunch was the X2 555. Unlocked to 4 cores, we ended up with a stable 301 base clock; a shade over the 4GHz mark running 8GB of our Corsair Dominator GT’s @ CAS 6-7-6-20 1T DDR3-1604MHz:

For those that like to benchmark and chase numbers for fun, base clocks up to 390MHz are possible if you use Turbo-V to increase bus speed within Windows (POST maximum up appears to be limited around 370 MHz).

It’s a pretty good show from ASUS considering the Hyper modules are rather picky about operating parameters on this motherboard. Using more ‘realistic’ modules, expect to see 4GB maximums fall in the region of DDR3-1800~1900 MHz at CAS 8, while good 8GB kits should hit the DDR3-1800MHz mark on the 0402 BIOS.

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  • Calin - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    I use a TV capture card in a PCI slot, and I don't think I'm the only one. True, my PC is an oldie box (Athlon X2 4600+ AM2, 2300MHz I think). Reply
  • feelingshorter - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    One thing about unlocking (some?) AMD CPUs is that the lose their ability to use the auto fan speed feature (cool n quiet). Otherwise, using the stock cooler, your fan wont speed up despite being at 100% load. Not to mention there is only an 80% chance of getting all 4 cores working without corruption (the cores work but its usually the cache that has issues). AMD mobo + cpu is cheaper than Intel's offerings. As soon as you spend 140$ on a mobo AMD lose their value and your entering i7 price territory. Reply
  • Voo - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    cool n quiet has as much to do with fan speed as SpeedStep has, which is to say absolutely nothing. Reply
  • alimaamoser - Thursday, March 18, 2010 - link

    All Topics are very nice......So I read one by one so I like it......">
  • jigglywiggly - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    I dun like amd cpus btw Reply
  • afkrotch - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    I'm with you, so I didn't even bother to read this article on the board's performance. I can say, this is a very nice clean looking motherboard.

    I think more should strive for this and not start randomly throwing crap in every which way direction.
  • Taft12 - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    Daily Tech forum downrating feature badly needed here :( Reply
  • jonup - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    Highly doubt that it will keep him from posting. May admin should ban him Reply
  • JohnMD1022 - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    No one cares.

    Learn grammar.
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - link

    Thanks for that contribution Reply

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