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Asus M3A
4.8 out of 10

Asus M3A

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Overall 8
8.0

Good Board

christian m., Newegg
29 September 2015
  • Pros: It's still running great, have had absolutely no problems in the 7 years that I have had it. Never gave me an issue, and has been running strong.
  • Cons: None, for the price I paid.
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Overall 8
8.0

Fix for BIOS Problem

Faustina T., Newegg
22 February 2013
  • Summary: The only issues with this board have been the AMI BIOS, which is very popular, and used on tons of different boards, so it's hard to knock the board for that fault. But two serious BIOS problems will cost ASUS an egg, because they haven't posted any support for either problem in four years, despite...
  • Pros: Ran this board almost continuous around the clock for more than 4 years. Went through 2 sets of enterprise RAID disks. When the second set of disks had a failure, after about 5 reboots, the BIOS became bricked with a very common problem where the NV RAM fills up with error entries, and won't fini...
  • Cons: RAID controller BIOS doesn't support rebuilding the array by adding a new disk. Have to full-back it, wipe it, redefine the array, and full-recover it.
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent board

Adrien K., Newegg
22 May 2011
  • Summary: This board is more than 3 years old, had it since March 2008 and never had the board act up. No gigabit ethernet issues. Do note that the stock drivers that comes with Windows are broken. If you try a bulk transfer, it will crash your system.
  • Pros: Excellent board for excellent price. It supports my Phenom II 810 even though there's no official support for this CPU in the official CPU support list.
  • Cons: There is a VCore selector bug for Phenom II CPUs where it wraps around, this is a BIOS bug. Though am not asking too much of it since it never was listed as supported, but should be something to keep in mind. This board only has 4 SATA 2.0 slots which kinda sucks. Also, this board doesn't use sol...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great!

Anthony T., Newegg
18 May 2009
  • Summary: This board is huge! Full-ATX, just thought I'd say that, make sure your computer case is full-atx
  • Pros: It's Cheap, all the drivers it came with worked (XP Pro), 4 memory slots.
  • Cons: It has no on-board video (me being a gamer, it doesn't matter).
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Motherboard

Eric H., Newegg
20 April 2009
  • Summary: The floppy connector is poorly placed, but seriously, you shouldn't be using it anymore...
  • Pros: Cheap - well built, with quality components, without having to waste money on features that aren't need by 99% of people.
  • Cons: -Express Gate requires windows to be installed. It's ironic that you can't use a Linux program (express gate is a slimmed Linux installation) without installing windows.
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent Board

Liza O., Newegg
8 April 2009
  • Summary: I want more selection from ASUS for AM2+/AM2/AM3 compatibility!
  • Pros: Great board, easy install. Came with newer bios cd the 2nd time I bought this board. I'm all up for that. DISABLE THE EXPRESS GATE! oh geez. Go away.
  • Cons: They keep running out of stock of this and the pro version
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Sanjoy C., Newegg
30 March 2009
  • Pros: Stable and very overclockable. Allows me to run my 9850BE at 3.2 GHz (22x14.5) without any hiccups.
  • Cons: Poor quality onboard sound. Interference even with a PCI sound card, both in Vista and Linux which suggest its a hardware problem, probably related to the onboard NIC.
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Overall 8
8.0

Memory Beware

Ryan W., Newegg
27 March 2009
  • Summary: This board is very picky when it comes to memory. I have a feeling that some of the people returning might be suffering from bad mobo/mem problems. I went through 2 nights and was about to give up and RMA this board then I decided to try different types of memory.
  • Pros: Plenty USB in the rear and on the mobo itself Highly customizable bios
  • Cons: Way too pick with memory when using a Quadcore
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Overall 8
8.0

MoBo

Jacob P., Newegg
19 March 2009
  • Summary: Good MoBo Worth the money.
  • Pros: very nice board... for the price. The setup is great! SATA ports couldn't be placed any better. Plus the North Bridge heatsink looks effin sweet!
  • Cons: One of the chipsets just left of the proccesor is kinda hot.... i've been checking on it regularly for a day or two now.... so far nothing to get upset about. Maybe it runs hot?
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Overall 8
8.0

Good single card board...

Jason A., Newegg
14 March 2009
  • Summary: I would say 3.5 stars in reality. Lower score is for overvolting the CPU and not having a manual BIOS control to set voltage as well as the high temp. I usually go with MSI boards since I have had good luck in the past, but they don't have parallel ports anymore which I need.
  • Pros: No frills (onboard video, multiple PCI-e slots, etc...) to jack up the price. Asus quality, handles AM2+ chips. Easy to set the clock multiplier on unlocked CPUs.
  • Cons: 200 series Geforce will block 3 SATA plugs, tendency to overvolt 7750 BE CPU, runs relatively hot in a well ventilated case (38C under heavy load).
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