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Product: ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP Motherboard
Date: March 24, 2008
Author: Bob Buskirk
Edited By: Ashley Donaldson
Provided By: ASUS
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Discussion: Discuss in Forums


Introduction

ASUS is one of the most well-known motherboard manufacturers. Its boards are known for consistent stability and awesome features, as well as excellent design. ThinkComputers reviewed the M3A32-MVP Deluxe/Wifi, a top-shelf, Crossfire-capable motherboard using the AMD 790X chipset and an on-board wireless module. This writer's first motherboard review, I load this board with everything I could throw at it: a top of the line power supply and graphics card, oodles of RAM, and three operating systems.

Features & Specifications

- Supports AMD Socket AM2+ Phenom FX / Phenom X4 / Phenom X2 / Athlon X2 / Sempron
- Supports AMD Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64/ Sempron
- AMD 790FX Chipset
- HyperTransport 3.0 Support
- Native DDR2 1066 Support
- ATI CrossFireX Technology
- Multi-VGA support
- PCIe 2.0 support
- ASUS Cool Mempipe
- 8+2 Phase Power Design
- Stack Cool 2
- AI Gear 2
- AI Nap
- AI Audio 2
- Noise Filter
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS3
- ASUS EZ Flash2
- Precision Tweaker 2
- AI NOS
- 100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
- MyLogo2
- SATA on the Go
- ASUS WiFi-AP Solo
- IEEE 1394a interface
- High Definition Audio
- S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
- GreenASUS

Packaging

The box in which the ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe arrives has a green motif and bears the various certification logos and ASUS's feature logos. The rear touts the ASUS Cool Mempipe, a cooling device for the memory, the Precision Tweaker 2, a software package for overclocking, and AI Gear 2, a power management package. Also prominently displayed is a mark saying the board has a three year warranty.

Under the front flap are even more of ASUS's feature logos, such as AI Audio 2, Q-shield, and Stack Cool 2. The M3A32-MVP Deluxe is also the first full-speed Phenom-ready motherboard.


The devices are neatly packed inside, but are quickly removed and installed. Accessories included with the motherboard include an IDE ribbon cable, a floppy cable, a pair of Crossfire connectors, the ASUS Cool Mempipe assembly, the Q-Shield rear connector panel shield, a stack fan, ASUS's Q-Connectors, an antenna for the wireless module, a USB/Firewire back panel, a 4-pin to SATA power connector, and a mess of SATA cables. The instruction manual is very verbose and includes detailed explanations for installation. However, its descriptions of BIOS functions are very terse.


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