Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,679 Reviews & Articles | 45,654 News Posts

ASUS M5A99X EVO (AMD 990X) Motherboard Review

As great as the Crosshair V Formula is, if you want to get in on the 990 action for a little less, the M5A99X EVO from ASUS could be the board for you.

By: | Socket AM3/AM3+ in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 22, 2011 1:18 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction

 

asus_m5a99x_evo_amd_990x_motherboard_review_02

 

At the end of last month during Computex we saw the AMD 990FX chipset launch which brought with it some strong features. One of the more appealing ones was that it supports the new Bulldozer CPUs that are due out later this year. Because AMD aren't changing the socket, though, for the first generation of Bulldozer we can have boards now that support it while also supporting the current crop of CPUs from AMD.

 

At launch we looked at the Crosshair V Formula from ASUS. It's a great board, but at $239.99 US it might be a bit more money than you want to spend. In steps the M5A99X EVO from ASUS; priced at $164.99 US it might be a more attractive option for you and your bank account.

 

At $75 US less, is the M5A99X EVO an option that people really want to look at, though? What does $75 US less get you? We'll find that out and more today as we dive into the M5A99X EVO. Outside of being part of the ROG series, the board we're looking at also carries the 990X chipset instead of the 990FX chipset we saw on the C4F.

 

Before we get into the performance side of things, though, let's start by looking at the package. Once that's done we'll check out the board itself before we look at the BIOS. Once we've done that, we'll look at our testbed before getting into the overclocking side of things and then the performance of the board itself.

 


The Package

 

asus_m5a99x_evo_amd_990x_motherboard_review_03

 

asus_m5a99x_evo_amd_990x_motherboard_review_04

 

The front and back of the box gives us a bit of a run down on what we're dealing with. The back shows us a picture of the board and goes on to cover some of the main ASUS only features that are present on the board like UEFI BIOS and Auto Tuning to name just a couple.

 

asus_m5a99x_evo_amd_990x_motherboard_review_05

 

Inside we haven't got a huge package going on, but everything we need to get up and running. We've got a manual, driver CD, I/O back plate, four SATA cables and a SLI bridge. Along with these, we've also got our little quick headers that make plugging in your system panel a little easier.

 

    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.



    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Or Scroll Down