The price of the ASUS M4A79 Deluxe might seem a little steep compared to some AM3 boards at around $180 when other boards sell for about 1/2 as much, which prompted to investigate.  The build is solid, with four PCI-Express x16 slots, 8+2 phase power and the bundled tools are nothing to sneer at either.  From the power user who will want to test the TurboV, Turbo Key and Precision Tuner to the energy conscious GreenASUS there is a little something for everyone.  See if it meets your approval before you dismiss it as too expensive.

“ASUS has done their usual solid job with a new motherboard release. As the chipsets used on this motherboard are not new, the performance across different boards using these two chipsets should be pretty close and they are. A lot of AM2+ motherboards support the AM3 CPUs with a BIOS Flash allowing for easy upgrade options for older motherboard chipsets. ASUS’s board has support for four ATI cards in CrossfireX which is a great way to get the best performance out of your new motherboard in games. In terms of features, ASUS really can’t be beat with their extra features like Q-Shield and 8+2 Phase Power.”

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