Asus M4A88TD-V EVO review
Gives AMD users a route to USB 3 and SATA/600, and at a decent price, too
Review Date: 5 May 2010
Reviewed By: Mike Jennings
Price when reviewed: £88 (£103 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
We’ve seen a handful of motherboards equipped with both SATA/600 and USB 3, but so far all of them have been Intel-based and cost around £200 exc VAT. Those with AMD processors can now get in on the act, though, thanks to this refreshingly affordable board from Asus.
With two USB 3 ports and five SATA/600 connectors on a Socket AM3 board, any system built upon the M5A88TD-V EVO will be well set for the next few years, even if you do need a solid-state disk and a USB 3 external hard disk to really see the immediate benefit.
For more current technology, four DIMM sockets accept DDR3 memory at speeds of up to 1,333MHz, and there are two PCI-Express x16 slots, a single PCI-Express x1 socket and three PCI slots. It’s not quite as packed as the A-Listed Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P, but it’s plenty for most uses.
Making its debut on the M4A88TD-V EVO is AMD’s new 880G chipset, which is built on a 55nm die and includes an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 GPU. It’s a weak graphics chip in gaming terms, but it can decode 1080p video without breaking sweat, which is its main purpose here. The trio of HDMI, DVI and D-SUB outputs on the rear of the Asus board also endear it to media fans. The backplate is well stocked, with five further USB 2 ports, eSATA and Gigabit Ethernet, along with coaxial S/PDIF, six audio jacks and a single PS/2 input.
The mid-range pricing of the M4A88TD-V EVO means it’s missing some enthusiast features. There’s no onboard overclocking, no power or reset buttons or a clear CMOS switch, and the inclusion of four DIMM sockets rather than six makes it a little inconvenient for a triple-channel setup. The bare minimum of extras is included in the box, too, with single SATA and eSATA cables and one IDE lead.
While it does exchange some practicality for future-proofing, the Asus M4A88TV-D EVO offers USB 3 and SATA/600 at a very tempting price. It may be overkill for many at this point, but once USB 3 takes off it’ll look like a shrewd investment.
Author: Mike Jennings
Sata Ports - 0 !!!
It seems to me that the given figure for internal Sata ports of 0 (None!) is not true.
From the image it seems the correct figure is ... 5.
Do you agree?
By jonesque on 26 Feb 2011
only 4 memory slots,why?
By UK_Snapper on 2 Jun 2011
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