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Asus M4A77T Motherboard
I have to admit that I am not one who knows all the ins and outs of computer hardware, though I am sure that I am not alone. For this reason, I thought I would write a review on this motherboard in basic terms so that others like me can understand a little more. It is great when people know all the workings of a device like this, though sometimes I find it a little confusing. What I want to know is just how good it is without having to have a computer dictionary by the side of me! I apologize if my review is too simple!
The motherboard is certified for Windows Vista, which is what is on my computer at the moment and is compatible with the following processors;
Sempron, Phenom II X3, Athlon II X2, Phenom II X2, Athlon II X4, Athlon II X3, Phenom II X4
I have no idea of how to put a computer together on the inside, though I watched as a friend inserted into the system which looked relatively simple. It came with instructions for fitting the motherboard, though these instructions do not tell you how to take everything apart, and more importantly, it doesn't tell you how to put it all back together again!
It is recommended that this motherboard is used in newer computers opposed to older computers. I have a newer computer and it works perfectly fine for what I need it to do. Another friend has the same motherboard, bought around the same time as me, and has an older computer and finds that there are a number of small problems with it.
The motherboard supports 16GB of memory and has four DIMM slots for RAM. With the memory in mind, I have never run out of memory and I play a number of games on the PC and the internet and as far as I can tell, the motherboard works perfectly fine with memory to spare.
The audio is an 8-channel HD audio and I am able to get some great sound from the computer with this motherboard inserted.
I have had this motherboard in my computer for about 10 months now and I have had no real problems. The computer has crashed a couple of times, though I do not think it is anything to do with the motherboards performance.
There is an alternative that i considered buying at first and that was the pro version of this. The pro version has SATA on the go technology which for a little bit extra (£6.50 used) you can get. The pro version also has a different layout but it just looks more organized, no actual physical difference.
The metal masks are stainless steel and also have a turbo switch for over clocking, but this has failed on numerous occasions due to my PC's age, so i would recommend only to those with newer computers.
I believe a dell insperon 4 or better will have no problems at all, and if it isn't a dell computer then definitely check the web before you buy. I have only used this in a dell.
Fitting it was easy, it comes in a red anti static bag when bought new, and an instruction manual for fitting it only. Taking your pc apart to get to the motherboard is not in the manual.
Once the clips that hold this in place are open, it becomes a real hassle to put them back down again. Due to the 3mm thick board and metal clips which are 2mm thick you really have to press them down very hard.
In terms of PC performance this has been extremely good. I run windows XP on my computer and so far so good. It crashed once when i had the PC Usage up to 99% but i had two youtube video's running and windows XP was complaining about a broken wizard for my MP3 Converter set-up.
It has lasted over a year now and as far as i can tell its been fine. Its been through a lot. Viruses, over clocking being on for 48 hours straight when i went on holiday, and also it has been bashed around when i first put it in.
This is recommended by me but just be careful when using it for older PC's, the results are not that positive.
It is another lower end motherboard from Asus. I am happy with this motherboard since it has the following main features.
Core Unlocker technology
Asus EPU (Energy Processing Unit )
The Core Unlocker technology helps you to trigger unused cores in the CPU. It greatly improves the performance of the PC in addition to boosting the efficiency. You can monitor the power in real time with the help of Asus EPU feature. It supplies an ideal amount power, which ultimately helps you to save money and energy. Tubo Key is a switch which allows us to automatically overclock a CPU.
The installation of this motherboard is easy with no problem at all. Fixing the processor is also very easy. No more Bios setup required. It sets very well. This board is suitable with AMD Phenom II, Athlon II, Sempron CPUs.
In overall it is a very good and small board with lot of features.
It lacks "SATA on the Go technology". This feature is available with M4A77TD Pro.