Asus M4A89TD PRO
Packaging & Initial Impressions
The M4A89TD PRO arrived in Asus' latest livery of white, green and blue. The packaging was fairly compact but as expected for a motherboard lacking the Republic of Gamers label.
As per usual the first things you'll see are the motherboard's accessories. Included in the bundle you will find a manual, driver disc, I/O shield and two SATA cables.
...and here it is in the flesh/silicon
Sporting Asus' latest colour scheme, the M4A89TD PRO appears very tidy. The large blue heatsink near the I/O ports is a high density fin arrangement with a single heatpipe that serves the purpose of cooling the board's power management circuitry and the 890FX chipset itself.
Asus have adopted a more modest array of expansion ports on the M4A89TD PRO by implementing just two PCI-Express 16x slots, a mix of PCI-E 1x/4x and two PCI slots. This will no doubt be sufficient for all but extreme users.
It's a pity that Asus didn't mount the SATA ports in a 90* rotated fashion facing the edge of the board as it helps free up space on the PCB and allows for better cable management.