Biostar TA890FXE Review
Packaging & Initial Impressions
Biostar have continued their box design of black, grey and white. The front of the box reveals the model name and its key features, while a more detailed specification list can be found on the back.
Inside you will find its accessory set; this consists of a manual, driver disc, four SATA cables, Molex to SATA adapter, I/O shield and two Crossfire bridges. Sounds generous enough...
Next up is the motherboard itself. The TA890FXE deviates slightly from its predecessors in its colour scheme, replacing yellow/green components with red and white. The board's build quality appears to be in line with its competitors at this stage.
Biostar have implemented a substantial heatpipe cooling module which cools the 890FX Northbridge and voltage regulation components. A stand alone passive cooler keeps the SB850 southbridge at bay.
We were particularly disappointed by the TA890FXE's expansion slot configuration. Despite including two Crossfire bridges, we struggle to understand how one can install any more than two double slot graphics cards. The whole concept of implementing four PCI-Express 16x slots in consecutive fashion sounds a little too counter intuitive.