Finally Available: Nine Socket 939 Athlon64 Motherboards!

Asus A8V Deluxe

Board Revision: 1.02

BIOS Version: 1008

The A8V can be considered another veteran of the Socket 939 market, as it was one of the first boards to reach our test lab about a half a year ago. Like the Abit, the Asus board is based on the K8T800 Pro from VIA.

As we've come to expect from this maker, the concentration is on all things useful and cheap. The board is thus packed with a host of practical overclocking options, as well as an outstanding hardware design. Features include a Gigabit network controller, FireWire, and an additional RAID controller from Promise (2x SATA, 1x UltraATA/133). Asus has been coloring its pin panels for some time now to facilitate cabling.

As usual a parcel of software is included. Inside the box we found Asus Update, a screensaver, PC-Cillin Anti Virus 2002, as well as Personal Firewall from Symantec. The cable set is also more than ample.