ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
The AM3 platform has proven itself to be highly overclockable, an area where AMD’s previous offerings fell short. It took them several years to get all the kinks worked out of their “true” quad and triple core processors, but the wait has been worth it. Getting a stable overclock up to 4.0GHz without resorting to exotic cooling like liquid nitrogen is excellent, and we are proud to see that AMD is back in the running and giving Intel some competition again. For many, it has been long overdue.
The M4A79T Deluxe has shown us that it is more than capable of taming the new line of AMD Phenom II processors, and has given us a great place to test out this new technology. The combination of the 790GX Northbridge and the SB750 Southbridge work hand-in-hand to deliver an exceptional platform to deliver a rich user experience. We may not have a direct place to plug our sound card into, but with the possibility running four ATI graphics cards in Quad-fire is more than enough to make up for this.
Currently priced at approximately $190, the ASUS M4A79T Deluxe has the distinction of being one of the highest priced AM3 motherboards on the market. But, with the impressive feature set we have seen here, it is worth the price if you demand peak performance and quality. It is clearly not a budget board, nor does it perform as one; indeed, overclocking our Phenom CPU was not only just easy, but it was downright fun. The interesting thing here is that the M4A79T Deluxe is very easy to use for novice enthusiasts who can gain valuable experience in the overclocking world, but the board is also suitable for more seasoned users who want to extensively tweak their setup to extract maximum performance. True, there are more affordable motherboards available on the market (especially those with DDR2 support), but there is also the "futureproofing" aspect here to consider; the M4A79T Deluxe is in a position to offer more longevity with its DDR3 and AM3 socket support.
There are a few issues here to note; the availability of only 5 SATA ports is rather lacking when compared to other products, and with 3 of those ports not rotated perpendicular, they can easily become unvailable if you use a 3rd long graphics card. This may be an uncommon scenario, but premium products need to offer uncommon design features. The proximity of the DIMM slots to the socket edge will also cause interference problems with some larger aftermarket CPU heatsinks. These are not terribly significant issues though, and beyond this, the layout of board and components is otherwise excellent.
ASUS has provided a very solid product with the M4A79T Deluxe, with plenty of features to tackle the high bar but is lacking in just a few areas to entirely clear it. That being said, this motherboard is absolutely rock-solid stable, very overclockable, and is very easy and fun to work with. It’s not finicky at all, unlike some other motherboards we’ve seen. The quality of construction here is excellent, and you can push this board very hard without one moment of hesitation. It works beautifully right out of the box, and works very well at that.
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
Our thanks go to ASUS for providing the M4A79T Deluxe for this review.