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ASUS M3N-HT 780a SLi Review

ajmatson    -   May 6, 2008


Conclusion:

So what do we say about the ASUS M3N-HT? It performs as well as, or sometimes better than, AMD's flagship chipset, the 790FX. The scores were marginally better for the newer 780a chipset. The option for AMD processor users to finally have a great choice of motherboard chipsets and designs is a plus. No longer are you stuck with certain options, like only being able to use Crossfire. Now you can run that NVIDIA SLi rig with your Phenom X4 and kick some serious butt. The ASUS M3N-HT has many upgradable options such as the ability to run triple SLi if you have the cards available, or Dual SLi if you do not want to spend that much on GPUs. The temperature test with the Mempipe was not the greatest drop in temperature, but when a user is overclocking, every degree is a help to get the maximum out of his system. The Express Gate feature is a noble idea with a wealth of uses, especially if you need to get online to get a driver when you cannot get Windows to operate. The fact that Express Gate does not recognize a USB keyboard or mouse is very disappointing since that is what most computer users have these days. Being a Linux guru, this is a simple fix with an update that I hope to see in the near future.

The integrated graphics works great for a user who is looking for a workstation or home computer where gaming is not an issue. Here, they would not have to spend the extra money for a discrete GPU because this one would work just fine. Even if they wanted to play games casually, the onboard GPU offers decent playability at lower resolutions and settings. Overall, this is a great board and will perform for any user from beginer to enthusiast. I would recommend the ASUS M3N-HT to beginner system builders and enthusiasts alike as you will find the features you need for any AMD build.

** Update: Due to the 9 Series cards not being available we are going to revisit the NVIDIA HybridPower and GeForce Boost features in a seperate review here on OCC.

 

Pros

  • Express Gate quick OS
  • Mempipe cooling for memory modules
  • Support for Triple SLi
  • Integrated graphics with HDMI support for HD viewing
  • ASUS Stack Cool 2 design 

 

Cons:

  • Express Gate not compatible with USB keyboard and mouse
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