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BIOSTAR TA890GXE AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 890GX
  • Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power): 140Watt
  • DDR3 1600(OC)/1333/1066/800
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Justin S.
  • 3/30/2011 8:10:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great Board for HTPC. Unlocked Phenom II X2 to X4 without hiccuping. Great driver support and good layout.

Cons: Not a con really but noticed about a week after installing the temp in the North Bridge was reading 98 degrees Celsius. Started watching and it always was off while CPU temp stayed normal levels. Not sure if this was a QC issue or an artifact of unlocking the additional cores on my CPU, but does not effect system performance so not worth RMA'ing.

Other Thoughts: Dont bother with the RealTek HDMI audio drivers. Install the latest Catalyst driver set and THEN the AMD HDMI driver.

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  • David C.
  • 2/12/2011 5:11:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood motherboard

Pros: Great motherboard. I have messed around with the overclocking a little and was able to get my 820 processor from 2.8 to 3.6. Nice heatsinks on the north bridge and vrms.

Cons: I had problems with the Lan connecting directly 2 of my computers.

Other Thoughts: I was able to connect the lan port directly to another computer or the router with out any problems. I am running it connected to the router anyways.

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  • Paul C.
  • 5/27/2010 11:20:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIf I could send it back, I would...

Pros: Lot's of SATA III ports, nice layout. Excellent cooling.

Cons: If you are using Linux, do not mix SATA III and SATA II drives with this MB. It took me too long to find out why I was having problems with my drives. Long enough, in fact, that I went past my 30-day return time window for returning the MB. Finally, I am down to using just one 1TB SATA III drive because the MB was so flakey trying to handle a mix of SATA III and SATA II. On reboot it wouldn't see the SATA II drives, or not boot correctly from the SATA III...or suddenly generate lots of errors on the SATA III 1TB drive. Tried flashing the BIOS twice with latest. FYI: the SATA III is a Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s...and performs wonderfully when the MB lets it.

Replacing with MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard.

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  • Aaron L.
  • 5/10/2010 3:11:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsTheres better options for the $

Pros: Solidly built, nothing was loose on the board.
Looks great!
Power and Reset buttons built into the board

Cons: Cons, oh yes the cons.

First off yes the version 5.0 and 5.1 both do not offer full USB support without a flash of the bios.

You can bypass the keyboard issues with a USB to PC PS2 adapter, they go for roughly $.99 to $1.99.

However, you can not flash your bios via USB without first flashing the bios (Redundant and not very smart I know), meaning it has to be done through windows......

The other fault of the board is how hot it runs, even though it has solid looking heat sinks there are no heat pipes connecting them or active cooling (fans) to dissipate heat.

Other Thoughts: I have used two of the boards one was used in a co-workers build, the second was RMA'ed since there was no way to support my X6 1055T without an X2/X4 CPU to boot into windows.

I suggest if you do decide to order this board, be ready before hand if you plan to run an X6 have an X2/X4 on hand, as well as the USB to PC PS2 adapter as mentioned above.

If you do not plan on OC'ing without superior ventilation and cooling you should probably consult other boards, however it is fine for the average Joe.


Lastly I have seen many extreme OC's out of this board, its just a shame theres so many hoops you have to jump through to get there.

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  • Aaron G.
  • 5/6/2010 2:23:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo video/audio via HDMI port

Pros: If everything worked as expected, this is a nice little board, a pretty-good deal. However...

Cons: Hooking a 1920x1080 monitor to the HDMI port isn't working (will likely have to return the board)--the device "sees" the motherboard, but gets no video or audio--have verified the display/speakers work normally when connected to a different 890GX-based system using the identical cable. No video at all, even during BIOS boot, while another 890GX-based motherboard system works great via HDMI. DVI and VGA ports work fine. If I get this replaced and the replacement works well, I will revisit and change my rating (if possible).

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry to hear of you troubles, please don't hesitate to contact Biostar support staff to assist you. http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/support/e-support.php

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  • Meaghan M.
  • 5/1/2010 9:45:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: I LOVE that there is a power button, reset button, and status LEDs built into the motherboard itself.

Cons: As another reviewer said, I got a revision 5 board and could not boot into the Bios without an old non-usb keyboard.

The power plug is not located in a good place.

The SATA connectors don't face up like on a normal board.

There are only 3 fan connections (That is simply not enough. one for the CPU, one for the PSU, and only 1 for the case?!)

Other Thoughts: Otherwise its a good solid fast board.

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  • Douglas S.
  • 4/28/2010 11:59:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat luck with these

Pros: Small, nicely built - good value

Cons: No real world cons

Other Thoughts: Used this as well as other Biostar/ Giga / boards for Win7 raid. Generally, no s/w drivers have ever been needed as Win7 has native AHCI drivers. Just need to clicked adavanced and raid when you reach that point in setup. I striped them w/o problem. Raid 5 and above, that's diffferent.

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  • Sean M.
  • 4/23/2010 10:47:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHope you don't get version 5.0

Pros: Has all the basic pros with chipset and additional connections on back. I like that the Sata connectors on the board are at right angle as I put in a HD5870 that goes over the top of them.

Cons: I received the 5.0 version of this board. If you get this version do your self a favor and send it back immediately. I had to have a PS/2 keyboard just to get into bios as it didn't support USB until you did a bios upgrade. Seriously with as mature as that functionality is no board should ship that way. Also the ability to control fan speed via the bios (or from OS using fan speed) is disabled. The only option you have is to turn on/off smart fan. When I connected additional 120mm case fans it would just run them at max rpm no matter what I did. Extremely disappointed in this. The bios update did not fix the fan control issue. I just got lucky that it happen to run the H50 motor at the correct speed.

I'm only keeping this board as I need my primary system up and going. As soon as there are better boards out with this chipset and form factor then this one is getting tossed.

Other Thoughts: Setup:
AMD 965 BE 125W
ATI HD 5870
8 gig G-Skill ram
Kingston 64GB SSD
WD 300 GB Velociraptor
Corsair 650HX PSU
Corsair H50 CPU cooler
Case is QMicra Qve2

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  • Michael B.
  • 4/13/2010 1:18:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsmobo deserves a better rating

Pros: Wow!

Cons: Didn't include proper drivers for Raid. The box appeared to have been opened, but the board itself was sealed. When I attempted to load the Raid drivers, the Win7 setup rejected them. I went to www.biostar.com.tw, but the download link was offline. I had no choice but to setup as a non-Raid system.

Other Thoughts: Unreal super high performance with a 3.2Ghz 4x Phenom, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and 8GB of Crucial Baliistix. System was built as a trader training system, but with a proper video card it would make a super gaming system. I've used Biostars before, and will again I'm sure. They've become my goto board.

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  • Anthony A.
  • 4/5/2010 2:17:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWorks like a charm

Pros: AM3, 4 DDR3 Slots, Compliant with Windows 7. Newegg actually sent me this motherboard on accident, was supposed to get a 790GX model, but this is essentially the same, so its all good

Cons: For those who want Crossfire, this motherboard will not work for you. It only has 1 PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot.

Other Thoughts: Other than the con above, this motherboard was beautifully crafted. +rep to Biostar

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