Sunday, November 4th 2007

ASUS Launches its First HT3 System Bus Ready Motherboard

ASUS today released the brand new M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP motherboard, which supports the new AMD Phenom quad-core CPU with the latest AMD 790FX chipset. This motherboard features the latest HyperTransport 3.0(HT3)system bus with up to 5200 MT/s speed, quad PCIe 2.0 x16 VGA slots, and is also equipped with the ASUS patent pending memory heat pipe design – ASUS Cool Mempipe, which is able to effectively lower memory temperatures by up to 10°C – providing outstandingly stable computing environments. All of these advantages add up to provide users with an enhanced computing experience and system performance.


“ASUS constantly provides customers with the best products that showcase cutting-edge technology and features. Once again, we will set a new precedence with this new motherboard,” said Joe Hsieh, Vice President of ASUS’ Motherboard Business Department. “With the support of the latest AMD Phenom quad-core processors, the M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP delivers extreme system performance and overclocking capabilities.”

10°C Cooler with Exclusive Cool Mempipe Technology
Traditional thermal solutions for memory modules like memory heat spreaders can only dissipate the heat out from the modules, but this heat is still trapped within the system itself. The ASUS exclusive Cool Mempipe effectively transmits the heat generated by the memory chips to the heat sink near the back IO ports, where it can be carried away by existing airflows inside the system. This revolutionary memory heat pipe solution lowers the memory temperatures by up to 10°C in water cooling systems; and lowers by up to 5°C in air cooling systems – providing a more stable computing environment. A flexible design makes it easy to cater for single or double-side memory modules – with or without heat spreaders.

Precision Tweaker 2 for Optimized Overclocking Performance
Higher voltage facilitates overclocking, but the system may hang if the voltage is too high. This dilemma is solved with the Precision Tweaker 2 – an ASUS exclusive technology that can provide 0.02v per step adjustments to the NB Voltage, SB Voltage, and the DRAM Voltage to optimize overclocking performance. By closing the gap between two voltages, users can then get closer to the highest voltage sustainable by the system – bringing them one step nearer in obtaining ultimate overclocking performances!

Other HT3 Ready Motherboards in the M3A Series
The ASUS M3A Series includes the M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP, M3A32-MVP Deluxe, and M3A. These motherboards all support the latest HT3 system bus and PCIe 2.0 VGA slots to bring about extreme system performance with latest AMD Phenom quad-core CPU. They also incorporate a host of features that includes: ASUS Q-Shield for easy and comfortable installations, AI Gear 2 for CPU power savings, and Quiet Thermal Solutions for more stable and cooler operations.

Specifications

Source: ASUS
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21 Comments on ASUS Launches its First HT3 System Bus Ready Motherboard

#1
JoJoe
Sounds nice. This might just be my next board...
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#2
Grings
very nice, but they will release a 'republic of gamers' board too, so it might be worth waiting
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#3
wickerman
the memory heatsink and elaborate heatpipes certainly look cool and probably pay off pretty well, but I thought these 790FX chipsets were very low power/low heat so is it really needed? Besides that, Id rather have a high end board with stripped down features, the only thing I would want is dual GB ethernet.
I just cringe at the thought of having to pay another $200+ for a board.


On another note, does anyone know if that memory cooling requires you to take off the heat spreaders from your ram to be able to use it? Or do they just put thermal tape on those heatsinks and you just twist those little knobs to tighten em up? It says with or without heatspreaders, but Im curious if it would have any effect on memory that has heat spreaders already.
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#4
belpois
what help i need?

So this means you can run quad sli with the new 8800gt Graphics Card, or am i mistaken?
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#5
belpois
by: wickerman
the memory heatsink and elaborate heatpipes certainly look cool and probably pay off pretty well, but I thought these 790FX chipsets were very low power/low heat so is it really needed? Besides that, Id rather have a high end board with stripped down features, the only thing I would want is dual GB ethernet.
I just cringe at the thought of having to pay another $200+ for a board.


On another note, does anyone know if that memory cooling requires you to take off the heat spreaders from your ram to be able to use it? Or do they just put thermal tape on those heatsinks and you just twist those little knobs to tighten em up? It says with or without heatspreaders, but Im curious if it would have any effect on memory that has heat spreaders already.
Yes it will effect the memory
cause the heat dissipated it will be re-dissipated by the boards heat pipes and it will be cooler than ever. Hope you liked it.
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#6
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Very nice features. Im assuming the WiFi has to do with internal wifi controller. I wonder if thats ABG and N standards or just ABG. ROG boards typically, as Ive never seen any, been Intel only boards. I presume to think these will cost around 230 bucks with all the features presented. Its typical of Asus boards like these.
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#7
l33th41
by: belpois
So this means you can run quad sli with the new 8800gt Graphics Card, or am i mistaken?
I believe this board is intended to utilize 'Crossfire X'
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#8
dnoiz
I want dual-socket ! :D
Then I'll be interested.

R.
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#9
panchoman
Sold my stars!
how much is this gonna cost? looks sweet, but i think i'll hold off till other boards come out and most bugs/problems are identified.
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#10
pt
not a suicide-bomber
by: WarEagleAU
Very nice features. Im assuming the WiFi has to do with internal wifi controller. I wonder if thats ABG and N standards or just ABG. ROG boards typically, as Ive never seen any, been Intel only boards. I presume to think these will cost around 230 bucks with all the features presented. Its typical of Asus boards like these.
there was the rog crosshair for am2 ;)
and idon't like those ram heatspreaders, especially if you need to take out the ramsinks :ohwell:
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#11
nflesher87
Staff
*shakes with glee* 4x PCI-E X16 :D
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#13
mandelore
wooooooooooot !!! been waiting far too long for this!
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#14
MatzTeCow
Still SB600? I think I'll pass...

They are just not able to team the awesome 780/790 chipsets with a modern and suitable SB.
So USB, SATA and LAN performance will still be inferior to nV or Intel solutions. Boy I had such high hopes for the SB700. :(
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#15
happita
certainly looks tasty...HT3 sounds great, been waiting for these....the phenom is still going to be utilizing HT2? or am i mistaken?
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#16
wiak
by: MatzTeCow
Still SB600? I think I'll pass...

They are just not able to team the awesome 780/790 chipsets with a modern and suitable SB.
So USB, SATA and LAN performance will still be inferior to nV or Intel solutions. Boy I had such high hopes for the SB700. :(
huh, USB Preformace and SATA Preformace is the same as Nvidia (check some reviews!), so SB700 is only expected to have 6 SATA instead of 4 SATA ports as on SB600
LAN Preformace depends on the chip they use, if its PCIe or PCI based, what manufactur etc, most of the boards use PCIe gbE from realtek, thats good as i can get upto 30mb/s via local network :P
by: happita
certainly looks tasty...HT3 sounds great, been waiting for these....the phenom is still going to be utilizing HT2? or am i mistaken?
all phenoms will run at HT3 on AM2+ motherboards
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#18
sheps999
by: wazzledoozle
Quad SLI is truly an epic waste of money.
Yeah, but it has ego factor.
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#19
eidairaman1
hopefully it overclocks the same or better than the P35/X38 Counterparts. Im not sure if the DFI LP 790FX board can reach 500 MHz Overclock
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#20
lowrig
I wish, this will be my next rig :D
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#21
MatzTeCow
by: wiak
huh, USB Preformace and SATA Preformace is the same as Nvidia (check some reviews!), so SB700 is only expected to have 6 SATA instead of 4 SATA ports as on SB600
LAN Preformace depends on the chip they use, if its PCIe or PCI based, what manufactur etc, most of the boards use PCIe gbE from realtek, thats good as i can get upto 30mb/s via local network :P
Did that already a year ago. It's a sad fact that the SB600 is alot better than the old SB400 but performance wise not yet as good as other solutions. Kills me to say that because I really liked all the ATI chipsets so far while I can't say that about nVs chipsets... :-/
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