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Asus M4A79 Deluxe Board for Phenom II - Any Opinions?

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January 26, 2009 4:21:20 PM

I'm thinking of buying this board for a new Phenom II 940 processor, and I just wanted to know if anyone has it yet. If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

I'm really impressed by the M3A79-T Deluxe board, but since I do not currently own an AM2 processor I will not be able to flash the BIOS to accomodate the new Phenom II processors. That is why I'm looking at the M4A79 board.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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January 26, 2009 5:57:15 PM

that must be a new board. i had heard of the M3A79, i think maybe it won one of the Customer awards at Newegg ?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but i didn't see "Phenom 2" specifically listed for the M3A79. it sounds like the M4A79 is going to be their Ph2 board. i have a feeling that's going to be a good board. also that it was released in the last week or 2.

it's calling my name. it's saying "buy me buy me buy me !"

M4A79 Phenom2 motherboard $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

P2 920 $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Jesus that's a hell of a lot of computer for $394.
January 26, 2009 9:58:10 PM

I have the M3A32, which was before the M3A79. ASUS makes some great boards, I'm sure the M4A79 will be good since its just a progression from a board that was already good. Right now I'm running a Phenom II 940 (upgraded from X2 6000) and I must say so far its surpassed my expectations... Just pair it up with alot of ram and good video card.
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January 27, 2009 6:26:12 AM

atleast its not MSI and/or Nvidia :D 
January 27, 2009 11:36:59 AM

I built my computer about two or three years ago, and got the M2n32-SLI deluxe from Asus, and i've had nothing but happiness. So, in my opinion, go for it. It saves on a wireless chip, im sure seeing as it is the deluxe version.

January 27, 2009 1:06:55 PM

Now is this a DDR2 or DDR3 board?
January 27, 2009 4:32:00 PM

I believe it is only DDR2 compatible. On the Asus website, they have an article that highlights "upcoming" AM3 boards. The M4A79-T Deluxe is DDR3 and DDR2 compatible, but that board isn't out yet.
February 12, 2009 8:46:31 PM

It is here at Newegg item number N82E16813131363. It is called the M4A79T Deluxe with DDR31600 capabilities.
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February 12, 2009 11:34:16 PM

Well, I think getting the new board is the right choice, however I'd imagine that the BIOS the old board ships with could at least start up the CPU. Or you could do what I did which was buy a $20 Sempron for the first boot. At any rate, I don't see any reason why not to go for the M4A boards.
February 14, 2009 3:24:08 AM

Just a quick side note.
The ASUS M4A79-T Deluxe motherboard is for AM3 sockets only.
The ASUS M4A79 Deluxe is AM2/AM2+ with AM3 support.
The AMD Phenom II X4 940 BE is an AM2+ socket.

You cannot use the 940 in a M4A79-T Deluxe.
It will will in the M4A79 Deluxe though.

Be careful which board you are getting.
February 14, 2009 7:24:33 PM



i was window-shopping for a Core i7 this morning.

this chart got my attention.

the Phenom 2 940 would be a little slower than my Q9550.

my Opteron 175 would be down towards the bottom of the chart ... it's 2.2 GHz.

whether you get a Phenom 920 or 940, it's basically going to be ... neck-snapping whip-cracking fast.

it's a lot of fun to get a new computer when it works right. when it doesn't work right, frown lines & curse words happen. if i was getting the Phenom 2, i'd want some re-assurance that it is rock solid stable with the MB & RAM.

can't wait till they come out with the Opteron version of the Phenom 2 and the Xeon version of the Core i7 ! ! !

where's the drool smiley ?
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February 14, 2009 11:26:25 PM

Actually, the Opteron Version of the Phenom II came out first. It was Shanghai, or something like that. But at any rate, that is an impressive chart. I didn't realize the Phenom II did good in any real world test, but here it clearly does.
February 19, 2009 7:27:13 PM

I have the Phenom II 940 on the Asus M4A79 Deluxe and it runs great. Booted up and immediatly recognized my 940. Great overclocking features and board always runs cool even with a serious load on it.

Even though its native DDR2 1066 my OCZ 1066 ram is being detected as 800. I'll play with with the voltages some more today and figure out why im only running at 800 still.

All around great board and combined with my 1gig 4870, 4gigs of OCZ 1066 ram, Phenom II 940 my system is a beast, takes everything I throw at it.

Can run stable at 3.7 with Zalman CNPS 9500 hsf at 36C idle without changing voltages and underload no more than 43C. I'll see how high I can get it to go after messing around with it some more :D 
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February 19, 2009 8:32:15 PM

Nice OC! For the ram, I have the exact same stuff. In the Gigabyte BIOS there was an option to set speed/voltage "By EPP" which autoset everything to advertised. Don't know if Asus has anything like that, but it isn't a big deal to set them manually I suppose.

Just out of curiosity, does your board read the correct temps in BIOS?

Enjoy your new system and welcome!
February 20, 2009 6:32:59 PM

Yeah, im pretty sure it reads the correct temps. I also use Asus AI suite and pc probe 2 to read my temps.

I like my hsf but would recomend researching better options, I probably could run a few more degrees cooler if I would of spent more time researching.
March 9, 2009 11:09:53 PM

Correction..Asus AI Suite and PC Probe 2 are very innacurate. I have found my temps to be on average 10c higher when I ran core temp and AMD overdrive.

I since then replaced my Zalman 9500 with a Noctua NH-U12P and temps have greatly reduced.
April 23, 2009 8:05:32 PM

rcurry said:
I'm thinking of buying this board for a new Phenom II 940 processor, and I just wanted to know if anyone has it yet. If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

I'm really impressed by the M3A79-T Deluxe board, but since I do not currently own an AM2 processor I will not be able to flash the BIOS to accomodate the new Phenom II processors. That is why I'm looking at the M4A79 board.

Thanks for your thoughts!

if u are going to run the phenom x2 quad core 940 black this is the board u want, if u have radon,visiontek,or any of the hd cards it will support 'em very well, as it is fully loaded for crossfire, and if u know how to oc this board makes it easy, and the board is a great value for under 200 smackers.
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May 9, 2009 12:58:32 PM

I got a new system with the M4A79 Deluxe, a Phenom II 940, and a Radeon 4850 graphics card in March. Love it. Not a problem to be found. Crysis runs at about 60 FPS, with everything turned all the way up. Haven't even tried to overclock anything, I'm really happy with it's performance as is.
May 11, 2009 5:00:34 AM

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I got a new system with the M4A79 Deluxe, a Phenom II 940, and a Radeon 4850 graphics card in March. Love it. Not a problem to be found. Crysis runs at about 60 FPS, with everything turned all the way up. Haven't even tried to overclock anything, I'm really happy with it's performance as is.


What kind of RAM are you running?
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