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ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Clear Skies, Smooth Sailing: Three(ish) Years Later 08/18/2013

This review is from: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

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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ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best Bang for Buck 05/01/2011

This review is from: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Support for all AM3 procs at time of writing
Full Suite of OC and ACC (for unlocking) settings, along with an 8 phase VRM, if overclocking is your thing
2x PCI-E 2.0 x16
On-Board RAID 5 support
More USB than you'll ever need

Cons: Can we ditch the Legacy PCI please?

Other Thoughts: Purchased with a Phenom II X3 720BE (Item#N82E16819103649) to experiment with core unlocking and overclocking suicide runs. So far, this board has taken it's fare share of abuse without complaint. Easily one of the most well-constructed boards I've had the pleasure of owning. Asus, after a long defection to ****byte in the Core 2 days, you've finally one me back!

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ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Not bad, Zalman. 01/20/2010

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

Pros: -Easy installation (not to mention more secure than the terrible pushpin design on other coolers for 775 boards)
-All Copper
-Keeps Temps low even at max load from Prime95

Cons: -Size. Seriously, this think is a beast. Make sure you have room.

Other Thoughts: This replaced an old TT cooler on my brother's OC'd C2D, which at it's best, had the idle temps at 44 degrees C. I don't even want to mention what he let the temps get to under load! This cooler brought him down to 32 degrees @ idle and only peaking @ 52 degrees after almost half a day of Prime95! It's great so far. There are a few better out there, but this cooler does pretty well without all the bells and whistles of more costly units.

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Richard D.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard D.

Date Joined: 09/14/05

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 10/26/06
  • Last Review: 08/18/13
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