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ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 790X
  • Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066
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ASUS does it again with the M4A79XTD EVO motherboard!

Take advantage of the powerful multi-core AMD Phenom II and Athlon II processors with this board's AM3 socket. You'll also have access to the most powerful and fastest video processing around when you install two ATI video cards in CrossFireX configuration. As an added bonus, the M4A79XTD EVO features ASUS Anti-Surge Protection to protect sensitive peripherals from being damaged by irregular power fluctuations.

ASUS is an industry leader known for making innovative and reliable motherboards. Bring home the experience and craftsmanship and build your next system in confidence today!

  • newegg Socket AM3 Processor Support The ASUS M4A79XTD EVO supports the latest-generation AMD Socket AM3 processors including the AMD Phenom II X3 and AMD Phenom II X4 processor.
  • newegg ATi CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology Support ATi CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform, enabling two discrete graphics processors to work together for boosted system performance and a breakthrough gaming experience.
  • newegg New Generation 8+2 Phase Power Design The ASUS M4A79XTD EVO adopts the brand new 8-phase VRM power design to delivers high power efficiency and extreme overlocking ability for fully releasing the next generation CPU’s potential. Plus the high-quality power components guarantee a lower temperature on motherboard for amazing stability and longer lifespan.

Learn more about the ASUS M4A79XTD EVO

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Richard D.
  • 8/18/2013 10:40:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsClear Skies, Smooth Sailing: Three(ish) Years Later

Pros: Excellent board! One of the better boards I've seen from ASUS.

-Stable under load
-O.C. settings available border on ludicrous
-4 RAM slots! (Why do they make boards with only 2?)
-Crossfire support
-Phenom 2 x6 support
-Abundant SATA ports
-PCI-E 2.0 (a benefit back when it was new)
-Core unleashing (720 "Heka", anyone?)

Cons: -Lack of USB3 (my fault, should have waited for that revision)
-Shipped with unstable BIOS, flash to latest resolved issue
-Doesn't un-cook eggs

Other Thoughts: Despite all of the negative reviews, I still have to say this is one of the best motherboards I've ever owned. It's up there next to my old GA-965P-DS3 (two boards ago). I've never had a hint of instability no matter the level of overclocking or duration of gaming session. (NOTE: It is ESSENTIAL that you have proper case cooling when attempting any serious overclocking! Too many people have brought their systems to me for repair after failure occurred while overclocked. One look inside reveals a massive CPU HSF, but no other fans. A CPU cooler CANNOT ensure sufficient airflow over all system components!) Anyway, here are the 2 systems this board has powered:

Original build:
CPU: Phenom II x3 720 BE - 4th core unleashed, 3.6ghz OC (~3.85ghz OC running w/o 4th core) on AIR
RAM: 8gb (2x 4GB Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 1600mhz, CL 9)
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon 5830 1GB
Primary HDD: 500GB WD Blue

Current System:
CPU: Phenom II x6 1090t BE (OC - 3.4ghz - dud chip)
RAM: 16gb (4x 4GB Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 1600mhz, CL 9)
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon 7950 Boost 3gb
Primary HDD: Kingston 128GB SSD

Despite it's age, this board in the above configuration keeps pace well with the dominant gaming PC in my repertoire : the i7-2600k/Geforce 670 based monster I build for my younger brother. Not a bad feat for such an old chip, I'd say (The 720 "Heka" has been relegated to media server duty).

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  • Bradley D.
  • 8/2/2013 8:29:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Board!

Pros: - ATX form
- Supports AM3 Phenom, Athlon, Sempon
- USB2 / SATA I
- phenomenal o/c capabilities
- crossfire ready
- good power management
- SATA & IDE available
- proved itself 3+ years as a solid gaming board

Cons: Random restarts began over 2 years after install. They would happen under any system load, or lack of. It would be an instantaneous 5 second freeze then boot. All components were checked, and were being sufficiently cooled. The CPU was in perfect condition with a large CoolerMaster heatsink. I'd call it early old-age for the board, but it wasn't a consistent annoyance.

HDMI audio failed through my radeon cards failed under 2 years after install. It wasn't the cards though, after a recent Mobo upgrade, the HDMI fully works.

Other Thoughts: In early 2010 this board was roughly an upper-mid rage piece of hardware. Today ( 2013) it is it is approaching upper-low range for capabilities.

This board was used for solid gaming for over 3 years. I had no problems with the install or any software installs. BIOS was easy to manage and upgrade. The overclocking capabilities are great for it's time, and you can really do a lot with this board.

I honestly have no real complaints. If the HDMI didn't mysteriously fail through my graphics cards, I'd have rated it 5.

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  • patrick m.
  • 7/14/2013 12:48:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAlomost 3 Years & Going Strong

Pros: Great MB If I would have known they were being dis-continued I would have bought 4 of them. If all the youngsters out there wouldn't push the board to it's limits (overclocking) and then complain it's failing, this mb would be rated as top of the line. But just like anything else when kids paly with and it breaks all they do is cry, and blame it on someone else.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: Case, Antec 1200
Video card, Saphire 5770hd
CPU Cooler, ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED
PSU, CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W
ASUS 24X DVD Burner Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
Mother board, ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3
Processor, AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Quad-Core
Hardrive, Western Digital Caviar Black, WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM
Memory, G.SKILL Ripjaw Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 APC, RS 1200 Battery Back up/surge protector
Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit

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  • michael l.
  • 7/12/2013 3:39:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsafter first RMA . . .

Pros: FOLLOWING FROM RMA SERVICE
other thoughts ~

Cons: FOLLOWING FROM RMA SERVICE
other thoughts ~

Other Thoughts: After sending off to RMA, the reply I got to get it approve was fast, I listed 2 problems it had, one was the two bad RAM slots were not working upon arrival, the next was there was no posting from removing video card nor did my monitor get any, i did a long elimination to see what was wrong, PSU worked, V card worked,even got a new one, RAM worked( beeped upon removing) , CPU worked, everything was getting power, no bad stand offs, reset CMOS battery, etc. send off, paid $13 S&H .. cool waited 2 weeks got it back. on a note it notified my two dead RAM upon arrival ...
not sure if they even fix anything else or bothered. try to run it out of the box, everything still powers, good. decide to reset CMOS.. k, .... mounted everything....nothing.. they pretty much left me where I was.. i have literally got nowhere within these 3 weeks. except now when I remove the RAM it no longer beeps.. so nothing gives out postings or anything. it just power.s. but nothing else.. Good job ASUS. you just RMA back to even a more worse state it was beforehand.

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  • michael l.
  • 6/19/2013 5:14:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsbad Mothebroard

Pros: was decent price for what it was worth

Cons: two bad RAM slots upon arrival

Other Thoughts: I am reviewing this yet again to explain further that the core booster stopped working and turned off by tiself multiple times, and the PCI Slots either stop working or wont process any video output. I've tried both slots and I also got a new video card . Neither work, this MB is a time bomb fixing to just die out by itself.

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  • Dennis C.
  • 5/22/2013 8:38:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHas worked beautifully

Pros: Does great for what I do

Cons: It does not work with a french press

Other Thoughts: Seriously, why can I not get a board that controls a french press? =D

This board has been in operation for over two years and I have not seen any hardware related issues. On the other hand, I do not overclock. Asus devotee here, then.

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  • Horst M.
  • 5/10/2013 10:40:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggshm

Pros: Worked well for about a year

Cons: Became unreliable during second year of ownership. Spent countless hours trying to identify problems. Finally thought must be the motherboard. Took it to Staples for diagnostic. Bingo: motherboard bad!!!.
Initiated first Asus RMA USPC341452 on 4/11/13, sent it to Jeffersonville. Board came back supposedly fixed, poor packaging and just a Asus Service Shipping List form/no, zero comments about what was fixed or any other dialog. Reinstalled this board and immediately showed it did not Post! Nothing no screen, no beeps, dead as it can be!!!. Initiated a second new RMA USPC350894 and sent it back to Jeffersonville. Bought a new Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 and installed the CPU (AMD Phenom 365 and Crucial Memory from the old board. So far everything is working just fine. Should have done this in the first place!!!

Other Thoughts: Tip for others: Don't exclude the motherboard if you encounter problems. Check all the bad comments about this particular Asus M4A79XTD EVO on this site. Consider your time and money. I spent 2 shipping charges and a Staples Diagnostic Fee. Finally: tell Asus to improve their communication when they are doing a RMA. Why not include some comments when they return the repaired??? item to the customer. Customers are mad as hell when they have this experience!

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  • Jason L.
  • 5/3/2013 5:41:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBSOD Workaround Found

Pros: Plenty of SATA II and USB ports.

Cons: Like many other reviewers, I also experienced the BSOD problem. Spent many hours troubleshooting, reloading, reconnecting and replacing. Finally removed all memory except 1 DIMM and no BSOD. Added second DIMM to same channel and BSOD every few minutes. Moved second DIMM to second channel and haven't had a BSOD since (approx. 1 year).

Other Thoughts: Being unable to fully utilize this board has been somewhat disappointing and frustrating. Not going to pay to replace at this point. Will just live with it until it's time to upgrade.

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  • Bradley W.
  • 3/15/2013 1:47:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorked great! - For a while.

Pros: I have used this board for three years and a week, it was rock solid awesome for over two years of that time. I enjoy the ease of installation and the options it provided meet me needs perfectly when I had ordered the equipment.

Cons: This past several months, the time the board takes to post just keeps getting to be longer and longer. I had tried swapping ram, messing with bios. It just seems to be getting old. When I build I plan to keep the PC as my main for about four years, and then pass it on to my secondary computer that I allow my children to use. At this time, I may need to consider picking up something else for them as I feel this may be getting closer to its end of life faster than expected.

Other Thoughts: I wish I looked earlier, because it turns out my warranty ended... 11 days ago. I have had Asus before, and will most likely buy Asus again. Just feel that this board should have given me more of a life span than it did.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We're sorry to hear about your experience with the motherboard. Have you checked the health of your hard drive / SSD to see if its performance may have degraded?A failing drive can make it seem slow to boot / load OS. Please try a basic hardware setup with no drive connected, then again with drives connected. You can also try load BIOS defaults (F5 in BIOS), and unplug or disable onboard devices that are not used, which should help speed up POST proccess. If you have an questions or need additional support, please feel free to contact me below. Thank you.

For support information, please visit http://support.asus.com. For service, visit http://service.asus.com. For motherboard warranty, visit http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!Motherboard%20Warranty/c1c20; Refurbished products/accessories: http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!refurbished-warranty/c16us. For RMA status, visit: http://am.eservice.asus.com/rmaweb/search/rmCustomerQueryAction.do?.

Regards,
Benson
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-benson@asus.com

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  • Travis G.
  • 2/16/2013 10:38:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Reliable, durable, affordable, upgradable, nice features!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Great compatibility, good owners manual. I'd recommend it to a friend.
My stupid self accidentally improperly grounded the board and started it up. I fixed that after noticing and to my surprise, the board still works with no problems.

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