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.
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.
Conclusion: While we slap Asus on the wrist for a hardly overwhelming "out the box feeling", we have to point out it's the only AM3 board that worked from the get-go. Everything worked without tricks or hacks, new core drivers or BIOS - that's a testament to Asus's R&D at least.
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.
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, ...
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.