AMD® Phenom™ II/ Athlon™ X4/ Athlon™ X3/ Athlon™ X2 processors (socket AM3) This motherboard supports AMD® Socket AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the new 45nm manufacturing process.
AMD® 790GX / SB750 AMD® 790GX / SB750 Chipset is designed to support up to 5200MT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT3.0) interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 x 16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD´s latest AM3 and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.
Dual-Channel DDR3 1600(O.C.) The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest operation system, 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture doubles the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance, eliminating bottlenecks with peak bandwidths of up to 25.6 GB/s. Furthermore, the supply voltage for the memory is reduced from 1.8 V for DDR2 to just 1.5 V for DDR3. This voltage reduction limits the power consumption and heat generation of DDR3 which makes it an ideal memory solution.
SidePort Memory This motherboard features SidePort Memory, an individual onboard DDR3 memory serving as memory buffer for integrated graphics. With low CPU usage, the SidePort Memory provides integrated graphics acceleration and effectively boosts graphics performance.
ATI CrossFireX™ Technology ATI’s CrossFireX™ boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolution to get high quality images. CrossFireX™ allows higher anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, shading, and texture settings. Adjust your display configurations, experiment with the advanced 3D settings, and check the effects with a real-time 3D-rendered previews within ATI Catalyst™ Control Center.
Hybrid CrossFireX™ Support Boosted Performance with onboard GPU and discrete graphics card ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™ technology is a unique hybrid multi-GPU technology. It takes your gaming experience to the next level boosting PC performance by enabling the chipset’s integrated graphics processor and a discrete GPU to operate simultaneously with combined output for blisteringly-fast frame rates unleashing the graphics performance * Visit www.amd.com for the Hybrid CrossFireX selected GPUs.
HDMI/DVI/RGB Support Flexible Graphics Alternatives This motherboard supports multiple digital and analog display output interfaces - HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub. With such diversity of display outputs, you are able to choose and upgrade display devices freely.
ASUS Power Solutions
8+1 Phase Power Design To fully unleash the next-generation AM3 CPU´s potential, the ASUS M4 Series motherboards have adopted a brand new 8-phase VRM power design. It delivers high power efficiency and supreme overclocking ability. Furthermore, high quality power components can effectively lower system temperature to ensure longer component lifespan. This series also features an extra 2 (or 1) phase power dedicated to integrated memory/HT controller.
ASUS Anti-Surge Protection This special design prevents expensive devices and the motherboard from damage caused by power surges from switching power supply(PSU).
ASUS Overclocking Tools
TurboV Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time O.C. - now a reality with the ASUS TurboV. This easy O.C. tool allows you to overclock without exiting or rebooting the OS; and its user-friendly interface makes overclock with just a few clicks away. Moreover, the ASUS OC profiles in TurboV provides the best O.C. settings in different scenarios.
Turbo Key ASUS Turbo Key allows the user to turn the PC power button into an overclocking button. After the easy setup, Turbo Key can boost performances without interrupting ongoing work or games - with just one touch!!
Precision Tweaker 2 Allows the user to adjust the CPU voltage in 0.0125v steps and NB/DRAM voltage in 0.02v steps to finetune voltage to achieve the most precise setting for the ultimate overclocking configuration.
Other ASUS Features
100% High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors!(VRM 5000hrs lifespan @105°C, 500,000hrs @65°C ) This motherboard uses all high-quality conductive polymer capacitors onboard for durability, improved lifespan, and enhanced thermal capacity.
ASUS Green Design
EPU The ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) provides total system power management by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time. It automatically provides the most appropriate power usage for the CPU, VGA card, hard drives, and CPU/chassis fans- helping save power and money!
*ASUS EPU is supported by AM2+/AM3 CPU only.
Express Gate Taking only 5 seconds to bootup, Express Gate is the one-stop gateway to instant fun! It´s a unique motherboard built-in OS. You can utilize the most popular Instant Messengers (IM) like MSN, Skype, Google talk, QQ, and Yahoo! Messenger to keep in touch with friends, or quickly check on the weather and e-mails just before leaving your house. What´s more, the user-friendly picture manager lets you view your pictures without entering Windows at anytime! *The actual boot time is subject to hardware configurations and product models.
ASUS EZ DIY
Q- Shield The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual "fingers" - making it convenient and easy to install. With better electric conductivity, it ideally protects your motherboard against static electricity and shields it against Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).
Q-Connector The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.
EZ Flash2 Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS EZ Flash is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply press the pre-defined hotkey to launch this tool and update BIOS from a floppy disk before entering the OS.
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
Stylish Heatsink The streamline-shaped heatsink features 0-dB thermal solution that offers users a noiseless PC environment. Not only the beautifully curved fins upgrade the visual enjoyment for motherboard users, but also the special Streamline Airflow Guiding design lowers the temperature of the north bridge chipset through high efficient heat-exchange. Combined with usability and aesthetics, the ASUS streamline-shaped heat-sink will give users an extremely silent and cooling experience with the elegant appearance!
ASUS Q-Fan 2 ASUS Q-Fan2 technology intelligently adjusts both CPU fan and chassis fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.
GreenASUS The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union´s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers´ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
The product (electrical , electronic equipment, Mercury-containing button cell battery) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
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CPU Socket Type
Phenom II / Athlon X4 / Athlon X3 / Athlon X2
2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)
Number of Memory Slots
Maximum Memory Supported
PCI Express 2.0 x16
2x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots with ATI CrossFireX support (single X16 or dual X8)
PCI Express x1
1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
Onboard Video Chipset
ATI Radeon HD 3300 built-in 128MB DDR3 1333 SidePort Memory
Max LAN Speed
Rear Panel Ports
D-Sub + DVI
1 x HDMI
6 x USB 2.0
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x Optical
6 x USB 2.0
12.0" x 9.6"
New 8+1 Phase Power for AM3 Best performance and power efficiency with supreme overclocking stability
TurboV & Turbo Key for Easy O.C. Simple and Real-Time O.C. tuning in OS environment; one button levels up the system performance
ASUS Anti-surge Protection Additional defense for over-voltage damage
Extreme Silent Thermal Solution High Efficient Heat Exchange Design
Flexible Graphic Alternatives with HDMI/DVI/RGB output Fully Enjoy High Definition 1080P Multimedia Entertainment
ASUS Express Gate 8+1 Phase Power Design Precision Tweaker 2 ASUS EPU ASUS Turbo V ASUS Turbo Key
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Works great for the price. Haven't had any trouble with it since I purchased it. Installed very easily and fit into my case nicely. You get what you pay for, this is a good board for the price.
Really good value in an AM3 board. Got it mainly because it was an ATX board with onboard video (super budget build). I can even get a good overclock out of it, which is a plus for a low-price unit (Athlon II X2 250 c3.6GHz)!
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Asus offered to fix via rma but thats downtime on the current only one rig I wont have. They cant send me a new mobo as they are out of stock apparently. Its now being replaced by the 890 gen mobos and reviews of those are also problematic... Im not sure id blame asus moreso than amd chipsetsdrivers at this point... Many who've tried sending it for fix didnt get the result hoped for so constant shipping of a cheapo mobo makes no sense. This is the second usb problematic mobo from asus after my previous setup with an a8r-mvp so I will try another brand next time.
Originally, I wanted this motherboard to unlock a core in the AMD720. From my research, this was the recommended mobo. I would pick this up if you intend on unlocking cores or build a nice system with an ATX case.
I purchased this to go along with a Phenom II 955 BE and am happy I did. I needed to manually set the ram timing for the OCZ sticks that I had but haven't had any other issues. Haven't used the overclocking features yet but may in the future.
Purchased this for a gaming-esque build. It was simple to install and setup and has a good layout. I only tried minor overclocking, which was effortless. One of the issues is a lack of SATA ports, and dual GPU configuration. Overall, it's a good board for the price.
I like this board so far. Asus is an excellent mfg, though you do pay a bit more for that. The easy overclocking recovery is handy as heck. There is lots of space around the socket for cooling but you might obstruct your 1st ram bank. It happened in mine with a 212+
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