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ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2.0 Motherboard Conclusion:
So what does all of this sum up to? In short, ASUS has delivered a midrange board for somewhat less than midrange pricing (even before mail-in-rebates). It performs well, overclocks well, is loaded with features and expandability, and doesn't break the bank. If you had to ask me to improve the ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2.0 I'd be hard-pressed to say anything. Perhaps the color scheme could be changed (hey, I don't like blue!), perhaps the extra PS/2 port could be removed, but really, these are minor things. There is no major feature or specification that I'd change if asked to tweak things to my liking.
So the real question is why would you buy this over any other midrange AMD 990FX board? In short, the small stuff. Five PWM fan headers provide the ability to compute in peace. Up to 14 USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.0 ports make running out of external ports a non-issue. The included software is great, even for pushing an overclock to the limit from within Windows, and the BIOS is similarly well laid-out. The extra SATA ports allow for extra devices without losing the ability to run a crazy RAID setup if you so choose. Even the things you may only use a single time, like the MemOK! button and the USB BIOS Flashback, are worthwhile additions – though you may never need them, the one time you do you'll be thanking the stars you chose the M5A99FX Pro R2.0.
I know that I'll be keeping it around to house the FX-8350 that hums along at 4.7 GHz without even pretending to think about overheating the onboard VRMs.
- Good pricing
- Excellent software and BIOS
- Good feature set (extra USB and SATA ports)
- Simple overclocking
- Five PWM fan headers!
- Not much different from past 990FX boards
- Some features are essentially one-time use (BIOS FlashBack and MemOK)
- Dual PS/2 ports will likely go unused