Biostar TA890FXE Review

System Wide Benchmarks

Dedicated Graphics Performance

3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is Futuremarks flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.

Across 3DMark Vantage's 3D Tests the two systems perform similarly, with the Biostar sporting a slight lead.

PCMark Vantage

PCMark Vantage is Futuremark's flagship "System Wide" benchmark. With a large focus on day to day operations, it's an excellent means of judging the capability of a computer as a whole.

Meanwhile in PCMark Vantage, we find that the two boards exchange punches across the series of tests with the Biostar ending up as the winner.

Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead is without a doubt one hard nut to crack, especially at higher resolutions and a dash of Anti Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering.

There isn't much to report in Crysis Warhead, however the game's hefty GPU dependency means that not even a substantial processor overclock will make a significant difference.

Far Cry 2  

Far Cry 2 is based on a rather demanding engine and also has a fair level of GPU dependency at higher resolutions. For this test, we used the game's comprehensive benchmarking tool.

The processor overclock pays great dividents in Far Cry 2, while again the two stock results fight it out with just a small performance difference between them.

DiRT2

DiRT2 is a very recent race driving game, known for it's Direct X 11 support. Let's crank up the settings and give it a whirl...

Much like Far Cry 2, the overclocked platform edges ahead slightly but the nature of the game makes the quality of game play identical across all three configurations.

Just Cause 2

Finally we get to the Just Cause 2 Benchmark. The level of eyecandy within this game makes the nature of component dependency very similar to Crysis Warhead; particularly at 1920x1080. Regardless, we end on a positive note with very little differentiating the two products.

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14-09-2010, 05:49:34

Alicarve

14-09-2010, 06:32:46

tinytomlogan
Edited, although the link is the same, it is working now Quote

14-09-2010, 06:49:44

Alicarve
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Edited, although the link is the same, it is working now
ok just thought i should warn you it is weird with the pcie slots all being together thoughQuote

14-09-2010, 07:05:25

alienware
Tis a bit Richard that one.

Firstly the colour scheme is horrid. Red and black? win. Red black and white? lose.

The slot layout is absolutely awful meaning you could (as has been pointed out) only get away with dual double slotters, meaning the whole excercise is a bit pointless.

And the price? 'sa bad kitty.. The MSI fuzion thing reviewed last week costs less, looks a metric ton of poo better and is an MSI. I know it only had two PCIE slots (full size) but you ain't giving up anything considering this one here is laid out so that you can only use two at once any way.

I mean, who would want to fit single slot cards into a high performance PC?

So the MSI wins the day here for me. It also has Lucid and costs less (though arguably not by much) but when you consider that Lucid chip and the royalties cost a pretty penny? It just packs the mud down even harder over the grave of the Biostar's sealed fate.Quote

14-09-2010, 13:26:48

silenthill
(lack of ability to recover from failed overclocks) now that is a big problem and I don't recommend buying this board only if there is a solution with a later BIOS update.

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