Originally Posted by blostorm
EDIT: Wait, the m4a89TD has a weird ****. under the CPU their is no heatsink. the GTD has one and the gigabyte board too. BAH?
You're talking about the northbridge...All mobos have them. It's just located in a different spot on the M4A89TD PRO. Instead of it being right below the CPU socket like on the Gigabyte board, it's over to the left next to the audio ports at the back of the mobo.
Also, deciding between the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 and the Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 should be easy as long as money isn't an issue. Take the 890FX chipset board and don't look back.
Now, there are other comparisons that are a little harder to judge, like deciding between the Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 and the Asus M4A89TD PRO/USB3. Both have the same chipset and both are the same price on Newegg (the M4A89TD PRO non-USB3 version is, as well...only an idiot would buy that when they can get the same board with USB 3.0 capability for the same price...). As you can tell from my sig rig, I went with the Gigabyte board. I chose it because I think it has a better PCIe layout and it has the ability for tri-fire should I choose to run 3 GPU's in the future, whereas the M4A89TD PRO/USB3 does not.
Another tough decision would be between the Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 versus the Biostar TA890FXE. Both are the same price. Different chipsets, though. The Asus board has USB 3.0, but the Biostar board has the enthusiast chipset and has the overclocking pedigree. It really comes down to what you want. The enthusiast in me is telling you not to get the GTD, but of course, in the end it's up to you.
Hopefully you're happy with whatever you choose
Oh, and just for clarification so no one gets confused...The Asus M4A89G
TD PRO/USB3 has the 890GX chipset and goes for $140. The Asus M4A89TD PRO/USB3 (no "G") has the higher-end 890FX chipset and goes for $180 on Newegg.Edited by decimator - 6/9/10 at 8:07pm