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Posted July 27, 2011 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards







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Some computer enthusiasts buy high end motherboards thinking they get ultimate performance and usually, they do. Mid-priced motherboards have often garnered the reputation of being less than capable, in performance and features, and that’s may have been the case for some time. But we’d argue that’s not the case nowadays. True, some sacrifices must be made in order to produce and sell boards at lower prices, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the sacrifices are significant. More often than not, we now see motherboards that have surprisingly affordable price tags that don’t give much up on usability for consumers. Indeed, inexpensive doesn’t necessarily mean cheap.

ASUS is a company known for producing top-end premium motherboards, but increasingly we’ve seen their products compete very successfully across a wide price range, from budget to full-blown. But the consistent thing we’ve noticed amongst ASUS boards is they give up very little in order to achieve impressive prices. We’re consumers too, and always on the lookout for great value for our hard-earned money.

Today we’re looking at two such mainstream AMD motherboards from ASUS: the M5A97 EVO and the M5A99X EVO. They’re very similar in their features and capabilities, but do have some distinct differences that can appeal to a good range of needs. Both come with fantastic prices and both come with deceptively strong overclocking abilities. Cheap boards with cheap prices? How about 4.7GHz on a $120 board? Hellya.

Let’s not waste anymore time hinting, let’s just get right into the action with the ASUS M5A97 EVO and M5A99X EVO.

"ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world’s top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products."



    Jim Dove

    I’ve used the ASUS M5A97 EVO board since 05/17/11 without a single problem – until water leaked onto it after a plumbing leak 2 weeks ago. That killed the board. Last week I purchased a new one, same board (Rev 2.0), and installed an AMD FX-8320 Black Edition 8 core cpu in it.

    A REALLY GREAT COMBINATION!! The CPU is rated at 3.5GHz, and I have mine running at 4.2GHz, with no problems. Passes the endurance tests for an hour! At that speed, the cpu fan really speeds up. I had clocked it up to 4.4GHz, but it was running REALLY hot with the stock heatsink, so I dropped the speed back.

    Love this combination! I highly recommend it!

      Sandy Bruce

      Glad you are happy with the board. You really should never attempt to overclock with the stock cooling solution unless you purchased it with the Seal Liquid cooler. The stock air cooler just can not keep up with the add heat. You should consider buying something a little better. A 3rd party air cooler form Phanteks or Noctua if you are not ready for liquid. If you are ready go with the Kraken models.

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