J&W Minix 890GX-USB3 Review

November 30, 2010 | 13:33

Tags: #6-core #890gx #am3 #crysis #mini-itx #motherboard #oc #overclock #overclocking #pci-express #performance #result #review #thuban

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Media Benchmarks

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We have developed our own suite of benchmarks using real-world and open source applications to simulate how PCs are actually used. The suite comprises an image editing test using Gimp, a video encoding test using Handbrake and a multi-tasking test using 7-Zip to archive and encrypt a large batch of files while a HD movie plays in mplayer.

A score of 1,000 means that the test system is as fast as our reference PC, which used a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 at stock speed, 2GB of Corsair 1,066MHz DDR2 memory, a 250GB Samsung SpinPoint P120S hard disk and an Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard. The scoring is linear, so a system scoring 1,200 points is 20 per cent faster than our reference system. Equally, a system scoring 1,200 is 4 per cent faster than a system scoring 1,150.

Our benchmarks include stable overclocked results too, so you can gauge how much performance potential there is in the motherboard, and how much value this adds to your purchase.

*J&W Minix 890GX-USB3 mini-itx review Minix 890GX-USB3 Test Setup
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Test Setup:


  • J&W Minix 890GX-USB3 (AMD 890GX/SB850 V1.1 BIOS) - mini-ITX
  • Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe (AMD 880G/SB710, 0406 BIOS) - mini-ITX
  • Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H (AMD 880G/SB850 F4 BIOS) - micro-ATX
  • Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 (AMD 880G/SB850 1401 BIOS)- ATX

Common Components:

  • 2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition CPU (14 x 200MHz)
  • 4GB 1,600MHz DDR3 CL8 memory / 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 CL9 SO-DIMM
  • 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA hard disk
  • 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card
  • PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • ATI Catalyst 10.6 WHQL

Overclocked Settings:

  • J&W Minix 890GX-USB3: 3.5GHz: 200HT x 17.5 at 1.45V, 2.4GHz CPU-NB and HT link, 1.33GHz DDR3 at 9-9-9-24-27-1T.
  • Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe: 3.42GHz: 244HT x 14 at 1.4V, 2.17GHz CPU-NB and HT link, 1.3GHz DDR3 at 9-9-9-24-27-1T.
  • Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H: 3.64GHz: 260HT x 14 at 1.47V, 2.34GHz CPU-NB, 1,386MHz DDR3 a 8-8-8-20-27-1T.
  • Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 3.71GHz: 337HT x 11 at 1.52V, 2.36GHz CPU-NB, 1,348MHz DDR3 CL9.

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