Wednesday, May 4th 2011

ASUS M5A99X EVO Motherboard Pictured

Here is the first picture of the M5A99X EVO, an upcoming socket AM3+ motherboard by ASUS based on the AMD 990X + SB950 chipset designed AMD's FX-Series "Zambezi" 8-core, 6-core, and 4-core procesors. The AMD 990X is designed for discrete graphics with up to two graphics cards in CrossFireX. It is likely that the final iteration has NVIDIA SLI support out of the box. The AM3+ Black socket is powered by 8-phase Digi+ VRM, cooled by a large heatsink that sits next to the northbridge heatsink. ASUS came up with a new heatsink design theme. While the P8P67 series uses heatsinks with curvy/wavy fins, the M5A series uses sharp edges.

The AMD 990X northbridge gives out 16 PCI-Express 2.1 lanes split between two x16 slots. When both slots are populated, the graphics cards run on x8 bandwidth. The third black x16 slot is wired to the SB950 southbridge, and is likely x4. Other slots include two PCI-Express x1 and a PCI. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s ports from the SB950 southbridge that support RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10 modes; a third-party controller drives two additional SATA 6 Gb/s internal ports. We don't know if there's another such controller handling eSATA.

Other connectivity features include at least two USB 3.0 controllers made by ASMedia (ASUS subsidiary), two internal USB 3.0 ports by header (for front-panel or bracket), and probably two more ports on the rear panel. There's Realtek-made 8-channel HD audio, a gigabit Ethernet connection, and VIA-made FireWire controller.

AMD FX-Series processors natively support DDR3-1866 MHz memory standard, there are four DDR3 memory slots wired to the socket, support dual-channel memory. The board supports various overclocking and energy-efficiency features, including EPU (energy processing unit), and TPU (TurboV processing unit). With this generation of chipset, the AMD platform is transitioning to UEFI as the system firmware standard. ASUS will give this board a mouse-driven graphical user interface for its UEFI setup program. The immediate benefit of UEFI is the ability to boot from volumes larger than 2.2 TB in size.

The ASUS M5A99X EVO is likely to be launched in mid-June.Source: XFastest
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56 Comments on ASUS M5A99X EVO Motherboard Pictured

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Many Thanks to Kitkat for the tip.
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#2
D4S4
wtf is up with those heatsinks :wtf:
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#3
entropy13
So you have to make sure you have clearance on both sides now, RAM slots and the heatsinks, where before it's usually an "either" case.
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#4
Ghost
>EPU (energy processing unit), and TPU (TurboV processing unit)
>and TPU (TurboV processing unit)
>TPU

:rockout:
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#5
legends84
woahh.. not bad.. I am waiting for ROG crosshair V look like
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#6
SaiZo
Somehow.. I knew I should have waited to get a new system. I do not even have USB3 on my system.
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#7
Hustler
Jesus....this Bulldozer launch just seems to have been going on and on and on and on.......ZZZzzzZZZzzz.
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#8
gvblake22
It's got TPU onboard! :laugh:
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#9
012013014
why does all asus board now in blue,light blue and black??dint the m3nht board last time used copper colour heatsink? its sick, all the p67 and amd3+ board available in the same colour(except the ROG) btw this is my first post ...hi every 1!
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#10
devguy
That board looks nice, but I still fail to comprehend why ASUS continues to put out boards with only 6 expansion slots, when ATX cases (as well as competitors Gigabyte and MSI) supply 7? It's really annoying for those wanting dual video cards and a wifi/tv tuner/sound card setup...
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#11
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Sexy, but whens it hit the market? I wants a actual date!
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#12
Eternalchaos
Nice, I can't wait to see the next Crosshair board
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#13
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
by: D4S4
wtf is up with those heatsinks :wtf:
TRON inspired?
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#14
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Doubtful, they been using heatsinks like that since the 785g's.
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#15
YautjaLord
It is likely that the final iteration has NVIDIA SLI support out of the box.
Now all i need to know by June 11 if there will be : a) M5A99FX or (prefferably) Crosshair V Formula based on 990FX (plus SB950?) & b) will it have that SLI support out-of-the-box. F***ing ACE bout time to know bout this mobo & chipset. Also Google for "AMD FX-8130P" (exactly those words) - you might find something new & interesting. :)

Good stuff, thanx TPU (techPowerUp, not TurboV Processing Unit :)).
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#16
Dj-ElectriC
Oh god... oh god.... :twitch:

oh...

does anyone in here have a napkin?
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#17
caleb
Werent there some fanboys saying that AMD has two x16 lanes in the other news about the CPU's ?
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#18
devguy
by: caleb
Werent there some fanboys saying that AMD has two x16 lanes in the other news about the CPU's ?
The 990FX chipset will have dual PCIe 2.0 16x slots, but this is the 990X chipset.

...Fanboys? :wtf:
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#20
kustiki321
Why do all PCIe 2.1 x16 lanes drop down to x8? Why can't they just make lanes that stay at x16 and maybe for a high end board, have 3 x16 lanes so that we can Tri-SLI or Tri-CrossfireX?
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#21
TheLaughingMan
by: kustiki321
Why do all PCIe 2.1 x16 lanes drop down to x8? Why can't they just make lanes that stay at x16 and maybe for a high end board, have 3 x16 lanes so that we can Tri-SLI or Tri-CrossfireX?
Because if you are going to do that, you have to get an FX board. Just like with Intel, you pay a premium to premium stuff. This is a mid-ranged budget board with some nice bells and whistles.
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#22
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
for dual gpu setups amd has 3 boards in that key segment
x90gx x90x and x90FX

990gx offers x8 x8 dual gpu crossfire sli, since AMD reached an agreement to have sli on some of there boards like Intel so no more nvidia chipsets period.

990x same as 990gx but has no integrated gpu, otherwise pretty much the exact same setup as 990gx

990FX multi gpu high end its like intels x58 x48 x38 boards multipl PCIe slots usually 2x at x16 x16 with the others usually ranging from x4 to x8 usual configs would be

x16 x8 x8
or
x8 x8 x8 x8
or
x16 x16
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#23
jalex3
I don like that the sinks more the pci-e x1 unber the x16 throws off the whole layout. Its not bad but I still think I'm more interested in the msi board we say a while ago (better layout), I want a gigabyte leak.
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#24
D4S4
by: FreedomEclipse
TRON inspired?
i wasn't referring to their looks, but their performance, i bet those cool as good as equally sized blocks of metal. :banghead: but it's all for the looks... :rolleyes:
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#25
u2konline
I WOULD love to have something like that for my AMD build :)
Wonder how much the price will be? like 300 something?
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