Asus M4A89TD PRO

Packaging & Initial Impressions

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.



Asus M4A89TD PRO     Asus M4A89TD PRO

Asus M4A89TD PRO

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

Asus M4A89TD PRO     Asus M4A89TD PRO

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 M4A89TD PRO     Asus M4A89TD PRO

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.

Asus M4A89TD PRO     Asus M4A89TD PRO

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.

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Most Recent Comments

02-06-2010, 07:45:30

Is the Republic of Gamer's Crosshair IV too flamboyant for you? If so, try this for size...

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02-06-2010, 11:14:24

There is little to no difference in performance from the GTD. Are the GTD and TD the same price? If not then why is there no performance increase over the "older" hardware?Quote

03-06-2010, 08:09:12

Didn't the Crosshair IV also have USB3.0 which seems absent from this board?

If I'm building a new rig I would want native 3.0. I just need to mug some grannnies first.Quote

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