Conclusion: I think we can all sit back and say Asus knows how to make a nice motherboard. Not only does this board overclock well but it looks good and is rock solid for anything I through at it. The competition is steep though. Gigabyte has their 790FXT, MSI has their GD-70, DFI has their 790FXB, and Asus has the top Crosshair III ROG board. Pretty much everybody board is sitting in the same bowl where features and performance is concernd so the real question is price.
Summary: The ASUS M4A79T Deluxe is a well equipped motherboard that delivers excellent performance and supreme overclocking results. That said, at $190 US it is far from affordable, at least for an AMD motherboard anyway. Had the M4A79T Deluxe been a high-end Intel motherboard we would be raving about the price tag.
Summary: The ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard is stable with 8GB of DDR3 memory, offers ton of BIOS features, and is a good overclocker, but it fails to perform faster than platforms that cost half the price.
Conclusion: The external packaging of the ASUS M4A79T is top-notch. It's bright and catchy, covered in diagrams and text describing its features. It's more subtle than some, because it doesn't feature any gamer art, just a pleasing jade colored background. Sorry, in this context, Jade is not in the same league as Ruby....
Pros: 790FX Northbridge with 42 lanes of PCI-E, SB750 Southbridge gives full ACC compatibility, Runs DDR3-1600 RAM without breaking a sweat, Supports latest AM3 processors, Full copper heatpipe cooling solution for NB, SB and VRM, Full featured BIOS - suitable for overclocking, 8+2 phase power to CPU, Foam/foil RF shielding on the I/O panel, Four fan power headers, Able to store and load multiple BIOS settings direct from CMOS
Cons: Highest price of all 790FX boards, ATX-12V connector too close to the edge, Molded-core chokes lower performance than ferrite-core, No PCI-E X1 or X4 slots
Conclusion: When everything is taken into account
we are convinced that the ASUS M4A79T Deluxe is the best socket AM3 motherboard
supporting DDR3 memory currently available and is a bargain given its feature
set and future upgradeability.
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