ASUS always has something ready for themselves. The launch of the AM2+ socket and the AMD 770 chipset brings us another new ASUS motherboard to look at. This board comes with a lot of the familiar ASUS offerings that will make the ASUS user comfortable, but ASUS has also thrown in a few new additions that I think will make the enthusiast user very happy.
As you look at the Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe the first thing you focus on is heat. They placed some on the memory, which is a first.
This board is a full sized ATX board that is built on a black colored PCB (a personal favorite of mine) and includes high-quality conductive polymer capacitors. The top right of the board is where the DIMM slots lie. The Asus M3A32-MVP supports 4 DIMMs up to 8GB of DDR2 memory at speeds of DDR 1066/800/667/533. 1066 given the currently high end AM2+ CPUs. When looking at it there is one key problem. Cluttered. The bottom right is really damn cluttered and anyone can tell. On this part of the board, we have our one IDE connector as well as our SATA connectors. The southbridge controls the IDE and the four black SATA controllers and supports SATAII and RAID in 0,1 and 0+1 configurations. The two red connectors and eSATA port are controlled by the Marvell 6121 and 6111 controller, which also supports RAID 0 and 1.
· Windows XP2
· ASUS Board (Obviously)
· 3 gigs RAM DDR2 Corsair
As you look at the results of the Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe motherboard compared to the AMD 690G chipset, we see that overall it performs better in most of our testing. There was not a huge difference in any of the scores, other than the ScienceMark benchmark where the Asus board shows a 14% increase over the 690G board. Overall, the Asus 790FX board looks to be a decent board for an upgrade of your system. We will have to see how this plays out with a Phenom CPU on each board.
If: You like good spacing, Great I/O Slots, Decent BIOS settings
If: You hate limited capability in flexibility clocks.