Quite a few things that are shown at the Consumer Electronics Show are not ready to be released immediately. Some will not be seen until the latter half of the year, or sometimes longer still.

Asus has shown a new motherboard design holding the 800-series chipset, which includes the very newest pieces throughout the board. The full description comes from TechConnect

Asus is showcasing at CES the board seen below which goes by the name M4A89GTOD PRO and is powered by the RS890 chip with DirectX 10.1 integrated graphics. Supporting AM3 processors, the ATX motherboard has 10-phase power, four DDR3-1800 memory slots, GPu NOS and TurboV technologies for easy overclocking, two PCI-Express x16 slots (CrossFireX and Hybrid CrossFire included), and a SidePort memory chip for the IGP.

Thanks to the SB800 series southbridge, the M4A89GTOD PRO includes six SATA 6.0 Gbps ports (the seventh connector may be 3.0 Gbps), USB 3.0 , eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio, and D-Sub, HDMI outputs. Asus will likely announce this board in Q2.

Makes me sorry I just purchased a motherboard. Oh, well, this board, like every other one, gets updated every six to twelve months, so something better will be available when I’m ready to upgrade. But there are other computers in the house!

You just know a 6-core Thuban processor would work nicely in that board.


If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.

Edith Wharton


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