All in all Asus has pulled out yet another high quality piece of kit. A good motherboard must pair well with a wide variety of hardware configurations, sport a margin for future upgradeability and offer long term stability. From what our testing and understanding of the Asus M4A79XTD EVO indicates, we affirm that it does exactly that. This motherboard is suitable for a number of configurations from a “bang per buck” AMD Phenom II X2 550BE (or Athlon II X4 620) and Radeon HD 5770 combination and if that’s not enough, even a high end AMD Phenom II X4 965BE and HD 5970 pairing is a valid (albeit slightly unbalanced) option. ATi CrossfireX may also be a potential consideration however it’s open to dispute as to how much the M4A79XTD’s bandwith restricted PCI-Express 2.0 8x/8x configuration would starve today’s latest and greatest.
Annoyingly, as we haven’t a lot to moan about this particular motherboard, we aren’t left with a lot to write about. The M4A79XTD EVO sits amongst its major branded competition with very similar specifications and for most of the part, the product that you choose will come down to personal preference or whichever is cheapest. From our perspective, we have no trouble recommending this particular board based on it’s performance throughout our testing process as well as small added features such as the “Asus Express Gate” Operating System, which might be of interest. Excellent work Asus.
-8+2 Phase (Consequent lack of Vdroop)
-Lack of CPU Northbridge Multiplier
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