Asus M4A79XTD EVO Motherboard


We at Overclock3D have long since established that AMD’s Socket AM3 is a very capable platform for the budget orientated performance enthusiasts. Having progressively tested Athlon II X2, X4 and Phenom II X4 processors from across the board and have generally found ourselves very impressed with their abilities in their respective price brackets and most importantly, the motherboards are affordable too. However, aside the recent releases of new “C3 revision” processors, things have dropped a tad quiet. It is our understanding that there will not be any significant AMD releases until the middle of next year, which sees the appearance of new 8xx series chipsets and AMD Phenom II X6 processors so our task until then, let’s take a look at one of today’s offerings. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Asus M4A79XTD EVO Motherboard.
Asus currently offer a wide range of Intel and AMD based motherboards from the cheap and cheerful entry level segment all the way to their arsenal of “Republic of Gamers” ultra high end. The Asus M4A79XTD EVO is a somewhat middle of the road offering with it’s retail price of £80 however it’s feature set is likely to cater both mid-range and high end needs.
CPU AMD Socket AM3 ;Phenom™II /Athlon™II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
Supports 45nm CPU
Chipset AMD 790X/SB750

System Bus Up to 5200 MT/s ; HyperTransport™ 3.0
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture

Expansion Slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 , support ATI CrossFireX™ technology (at one x16 or dual x8 link)
2 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI 2.2

Storage SB750 Chipset
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,5,10,JBOD
Marvell 88SE6121 SATA controller
1 xInternal SATA 3Gb/s port(black)
1 xExternal SATA 3Gb/s port (SATA on-the-go)

LAN Realtek® 8112L Gigabit LAN controllers
Audio VIA® VT1708S 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
Optical S/PDIF Out ports at back I/O
ASUS Noise Filtering
IEEE 1394 VIA® VT6315N controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (1 at mid-board; 1 at back panel)
USB 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)
On paper, this particular motherboard appears to be a “like for like” AMD alternative to the Intel P55 chipset. Let’s see how it fares in practice...
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Most Recent Comments

21-12-2009, 11:04:36

Decent mobo, looks a great rrp too. Anything £5-£10 under that maybe for some online stores.

Seeing a 0.47g oc, is that about what u'd expect from this class of mobo ? (proportional to the stock cpu speed)

Reckon the guyz need to supply u with some AMD gfxcard for testing. Only cos although the 8800gt shows no/little gain with an oc, I think the AMD drivers, and consequently their cards, rely more on the cpu and could show more improvement per oc.

Nice1 Mul, it's great to see such good AMD mobo reviews, and their quantity, on OC3D.Quote

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