AMD Phenom II X3 720.....? Motherboard?

Hi folks, i would just like to hear some opinions as for a Motherboard to go with this AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor?

It would be a Board for a NON-Gamer, Any thoughts at all just throw em out ;-) Thanks!!
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  1. This mobo has USB3.0, SATA-III and do check out the HYBRID INTEGRATED GRAPHICS

    *** Definately NOT your father's on-board graphics!

    = Alvin =
  2. Do u have DDR2 on hand or starting afresh?
  3. Model Number : N50 > N50-AS031C N50-123456 N50-234567 Specifications
    CPU AMD Socket AM3 ;Phenom™II /Athlon™II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
    AMD 140W CPU Support
    AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
    Supports 45nm CPU
    Chipset AMD 890GX/SB850

    System Bus Up to 5200 MT/s ; HyperTransport™ 3.0
    Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel memory architecture
    *Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.
    **Refer to for the memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
    Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 support ATI CrossFireX™ technology(@dual x8 speed)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
    2 x PCI

    VGA Integrated ATI Radeon™ HD 4290 GPU
    Multi-VGA output support: HDMI, DVI-D and RGB ports
    Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 (1080P)
    Supports DVI with max. resolution 2560x1600 @60Hz
    Supports RGB with max. resolution 2560x1440 @75Hz
    Support H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, DirectX10.1 and OpenGL2.0
    Support Shader Model 4.1, Universal Video Decoder (UVD) 2.0
    Max. UMA Memory Size: 512 MB
    128MB DDR3 1333 sideport memory support
    Hybrid CrossFireX support
    Storage SB850 Chipset
    6 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,5,10
    JMicron® JMB361 PATA and SATA controller
    1 xUltraDMA 133/100 for up to 2 PATA devices
    1 xExternal Power eSATA 3.0Gb/s port
    LAN Realtek® 8111E Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2
    Audio ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - BD Audio Layer Content Protection
    - Support 192khz/24bit True BD Lossless Sound
    - DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
    - Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
    - Optical S/PDIF Out ports at back I/O
    - ASUS Noise Filter
    IEEE 1394 VIA® 6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (1 at mid-board; 1 at back panel)
    USB 12 x USB 2.0 ports (8 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
    2 x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports at back panel)
    ASUS Unique Features ASUS Xtreme Design
    ASUS Hybrid Processor -- TurboV EVO
    - Auto Tuning, TurboV, CPU Level UP and GPU Boost
    ASUS Hybrid Switch
    - Core Unlocker
    - Turbo Key II
    ASUS Hybrid OS -- Express Gate
    ASUS Power Solutions
    - 8+2 Phase Power Design
    - ASUS EPU
    ASUS Exclusive Features
    - MemOK!
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
    - ASUS Fanless Design: Heat pipe solution
    - ASUS Fan Xpert
    - ASUS O.C. Profile
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 2
    - ASUS MyLogo 2
    - Percision Twerker 3
    - Multi-language BIOS

    Overclocking Features Precision Tweaker 3
    - vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.003125V increment
    - vDDNB: Adjustable CPU NB voltage at 0.003125V increment
    - vCPU PLL: Adjustable DRAM voltage at 0.00625V increment
    - vHT bus: Adjustable PCH voltage at 0.00625V increment
    - vDRAM Bus: Adjustable CPU_PLL voltage at 0.00625V increment
    - iChipset: Adjustable iGPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
    SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
    - PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
    - Internal Base Clock tuning from 100MHz up to 600MHz at 1MHz increment
    Overclocking Protection
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

    Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x DVI
    1 x D-Sub
    1 x HDMI
    1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
    1 x IEEE 1394a
    1 x LAN(RJ45) port
    8 -Channel Audio I/O
    1 x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple)
    1 x Power eSATA
    4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    2 x USB 3.0 ports
    Internal I/O Connectors 4 x USB connectors support additional 8 USB ports
    1 x IDE connector
    1 x IEEE 1394a connector
    1 x CPU Fan connector
    1 x Power Fan connector
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    1 x Chassis Fan connector (4-pin)
    1 x Chassis Fan connector (3-pin)
    1 x S/PDIF Out Header
    1 x Core Unlocker Switch
    1 x Turbo Key II Switch
    1 x MemOK! Button
    Front panel audio connector
    1 x COM connector
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
    System Panel

    BIOS 16 Mb Flash ROM , SPI, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

    Manageability WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE
    Accessories 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100 cable
    2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables
    2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cables
    1 x Q-Shield
    1 x VGA Switch card
    2 in 1 Q-connector (USB, System panel; Retail version only)
    User's manual
    Support Disc Drivers
    Anti-virus software (OEM version)
    ASUS Update
    ASUS Utilities

    Form Factor ATX Form Factor
    12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x24.4 cm )

    CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features
    AMD® AM3 Phenom™II /Athlon™II /Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
    This motherboard supports AMD® AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 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.

    CrossFireX Support
    Flexible Multi-GPU solutions, Your Weapon of Choice!
    M4A89GTD Series brings you the multi-GPU choice of CrossFireX™. Expect a brand-new gaming style you’ve never experienced before!
    AMD® 890GX
    AMD® 890GX Chipset is designed to support up to 5200MT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT 3.0) interface speed and quad PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD’s latest AM3 and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.

    PCIe 2.0 support
    Double Speed; Double Bandwidth
    This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.
    VGA Output Support
    HDMI Support
    Enjoy Full HD 1080p Multimedia Home-Theater Entertainment
    High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a set of digital video standards that delivers multi-channel audio and uncompressed digital video for full HD 1080p visuals through through a single cable. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs, HDMI provides you with the highest-quality home theater experience.
    DVI Support
    DVI (Digital Visual Interface) provides high visual quality of digital display devices such as LCD monitor. The interface of this motherboard supports dual VGA output both DVI-D/HDMI and RGB.
    Next-gen Technology
    True USB 3.0 Support
    Realize the True Future!! - TRUE USB 3.0 Support!
    Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8 Gb/s with USB 3.0–the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.
    True SATA 6Gb/s Support
    The AMD® SB850 Southbridge natively supports next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6.0 Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

    Memory Features
    Dual-Channel DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1333/ 1066 support
    The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.

    Hybrid Switch
    Core Unlocker
    Unleash True Core Performance Intelligently
    ASUS Core Unlocker simplifies the activation of a latent AMD® CPU—with just a simply switch. Enjoy an instant performance boost by simply unlocking the extra cores, without performing complicated BIOS changes.

    Turbo Key II
    Switch on the Potential, Turn up the Performance!
    Enjoy superb performance by auto-tuning your processor to an extreme yet stable state. Simply activate a dedicated switch on the motherboard to unleash extra processing capabilities.

    Hybrid Processor
    TurboV EVO
    The Ultimate O.C. Processor
    The ultimate O.C. processor satisfies every level of overclockers—from die-hard enthusiasts to beginners. Auto tuning intelligently pushes the system to the fastest clock speeds while maintaining stability. Turbo Key boosts performance with just one touch; while TurboV offers more options to advanced overclockers to achieve world O.C. record. Moreover, upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with CPU Level UP!

    Auto Tuning
    Auto System Level Up
    to Tuning is an intelligent tool that automates overclocking to achieve a total system level up. This tool also provides stability testing. Even O.C. beginners can achieve extreme yet stable overclocking results with Auto Tuning!
    GPU Boost
    Instant iGPU Level Up!
    GPU Boost overclocks the integrated GPU in real time for the best graphics performance. User-friendly UI facilitates flexible frequency and voltage adjustments. Its ability to deliver multiple overclocking profiles also provides rapid and stable system-level upgrades.

    CPU Level UP
    Ever wish that you could have a more expansive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with CPU Level UP! Simply pick the processor you wanted to OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest! See the new CPU speed and enjoy that performance instantly. Overclocking is never as easy as this.
    Hybrid OS
    Express Gate
    0 to Internet in Seconds!
    Express Gate™ is an ASUS exclusive OS that provides you with quick access to the Internet and key applications before entering Windows®.
    ASUS Xtreme Phase
    ASUS 8+2 Phase Power Design
    Longer Life & Higher Efficiency!
    Unleashes ultimate memory performances with independent power to core components, while providing fast transient response and stability for the CPU under heavy loading or overclocking modes.
    ASUS Exclusive Features
    Any Memory is A-OK!
    MemOK! quickly ensures memory boot compatibility. This remarkable memory rescue tool requires a mere push of a button to patch memory issues. MemOK! determines failsafe settings and dramatically improves your system boot success. Get your system up and running in no time!
    System Level Energy Saving The ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) provides total system power management by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power usage for critical PC components in real-time–helping save power and money!
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solutions
    ASUS Fanless Design - Heat pipe solution
    The ASUS heat pipe features 0-dB thermal solution that offers users a noiseless PC environment. Not only the beautiful shape upgrades the visual enjoyment for motherboard users, but also the heat pipe design lowers the temperature of the chipset and power phase area through high efficient heat-exchange. Combined with usability and aesthetics, the ASUS heat pipe will give users an extremely silent and cooling experience with the elegant appearance!
    Fan Xpert
    Active Quiet & Cool
    ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speed according to different ambient temperature , which is caused by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system loading.Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
    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.

    O.C. Profile
    Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings
    Freely share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.

    Power eSATA
    The Power eSATA solution combines the eSATA connector and power source together, allowing users to use external SATA devices without the need of additional power source*

    *Power eSATA requires a specially designed signal cable to provide 5V power for the external SATA device. The cable is purchased separately*
    CrashFree BIOS 3
    Simply restore corrupted BIOS data from USB flash disk
    The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.

    ASUS Q-Connector
    ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily connect or disconnect the chassis front panel cables to the motherboard. This unique module eliminates the trouble of connecting the system panel cables one at a time and avoiding wrong cable connections
    Industry Standard
    DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
    DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC delivers exceptional 5.1 surround experience through the most common PC audio setups - your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual surround, “Bass enhancement” provides stronger low frequency bass sound, and “Voice clarification” provides clear human dialogue even with loud background sound. With these technologies, you may experience a better home-theater audio with ease.

    High Definition Audio
    Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC!
    The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams to different destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphone while playing a multi-channel network games. All of these are done on one computer.
    S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
    This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio systems via coaxial and optical S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jacks. It allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog format and keeps the best signal quality.

    Noise Filter
    Eliminate background noise while recording
    This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it in the incoming audio stream while recording.

    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.

  4. Get the one Alvin showed you, that is what I'm getting, and it looks fantastic I can't wait to build.
  5. I have had lot's of fun researching the doublefish build ... I am really leaning hard towards doing a multimedia multi-monitor edit version for myself (different graphics subsys and an extra SSD.

    VERY cool stuff !

    = Alvin =
  6. batuchka said:
    Do u have DDR2 on hand or starting afresh?

    Sorry for the laate resonse, Yes I do have lots of ddr2, so i figured id get a board with that takes ddr2? I ended up getting this one
    GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    with 2 gigs of corsair ddr2 800 that i had, but this board i can see now is a wast of time and money, i may aswell get a better board? what do ya think?

    This will be my second PC, i already have an I7 860 on a Asus P7P55D-Pro with a corsair 750watt PSU and PNY 9600 GPU and 4 gigs of Corsair XMS ddr3 ram, in an antc sniper case.

    So i bought that amd and PSU on a wim at the Microcenter, now im thinking i should deffinarly get a better board? Right.....
  7. Any thoughts would be great, thanks again!
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