Excerpt: At the end of last month during Computex we saw the AMD 990FX chipset launch which brought with it some strong features. One of the more appealing ones was that it supports the new Bulldozer CPUs that are due out later this year. Because AMD aren't changing the socket, though, for the first generation of Bulldozer we can have boards now that support it while also supporting the current crop of CPUs from AMD.
Summary: After spending several days with the ASUS M5A99X EVO, we walked away feeling quite impressed. Although there is a significant jump in pricing from the M5A97 EVO to the M5A99X EVO, we found that cost is nearly justified, for several reasons, but we're not sure if there is $60 worth of extras. First of all, the extra PCIe expansion and SATA connectivity options stand out, and the lowered overall power consumption adds some as well.
Pros: Packed with added features not seen on some other products in the same price range, Clean, color-themed and traditional layout, EFI bios with support for 3TB+ drives, Fully functional UEFI BIOS, including screen capture and mouse support, VRM capable of 275W, near double AMD CPU TDPs., Fully functional software package offers everything available in BIOS for overclocking, and a bit more, First AMD chipset to support SLI
Cons: Lack of an included accessory to make use of the USB 3.0 front panel header, and only four SATA cables in the box., Crossfire limited to x8/x8 connectivity, Under-performing USB 3.0 controller
Conclusion: La M5A99x EVO, si è dimostrata nei fatti una soluzione interessante e competitiva sotto diversi punti di vista. Se da una parte packaging e la dotazione a corredo, tradiscono la natura "economica" del prodotto, dobbiamo riconoscere al produttore, la volontà di risparmiare principalmente sugli aspetti "di contorno" rispetto alle caratteristiche intrinseche della scheda.