ASUS M4A78T-E @ Au-Ja!

“AMD’s Phenom II is far better than the first edition: Cool’n’Quiet can be used without any major performance drops and the overall performance has improved. And if you grab one of the AM3 models, you can use fast DDR3-1333 or even DDR3-1600 memory. We grabbed the ASUS M4A78T-E which is based on AMD’s 790GX chipset and had a look if we could get additional performance out of DDR3 memory.”

Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME

Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME @ FutureLooks

“The EPIC battle to be the best continues on the Intel side of the field. Today, we have the GIGABYTE EX58-Extreme Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard built with their latest Ultra Durable 3 design. Based on the experience I had with it’s cousin, the EX58-UD3R, I have high hopes for this product as well.”


ASUS M4N72-E @

“The ASUS M4N72-E motherboard has its strong and weak points. The strong points include SLI support, support for AM3 CPUs out of the box as it’s a new design and a solid bundle. Performance was lower than other chipsets but that is due to the fact that the nForce 750a is not the top of the line NVIDIA chipset for the AMD market, the 780a is the chipset for that catago

MSI 790FX GD70

MSI 790FX GD70 @ Au-Ja!

“The next stop for our AM3 CPUs is the MSI 790FX GD70. This mainboard combines DDR3 with AMD’s 790FX chipset. You have an onboard dial to increase or decrease the clock rate, one of the USB ports can be used to connect eSATA devices as well and there is one big cooler mounted on top of the northbridge and MOSFETs.”

MSI 790GX-G65

MSI 790GX-G65 @

“AMD’s launch of the AM3 platform is an interesting one from many angles. For the new computer owner the move to DDR3 memory is pretty clear as fewer and fewer motherboards with DDR2 memory support are hitting the market today compared to a year or two ago. DDR3 memory on the AMD platform requires AM3 CPUs.”

Gigabyte EP45-UD3L

Gigabyte EP45-UD3L @ Hardware Secrets

“Let’s have a look on EP45-UD3L, Gigabyte’s Socket 775 motherboard for Intel processors, aimed mainly for Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors. Like EP45C-DS3R, this motherboard is based on Intel P45 chipset, which replaced P35. Both chipsets are for the mainstream market.”

MSI 790GX-G65

MSI 790GX-G65 @ Bjorn3D

“One thing to notice is how cheap it is to upgrade to DDR3 for AMD and when you do this many new options will become avalible for the future. The overclocking ability will also be tested and since we are using DDR3 we hope to see some improvements over DDR2 standards.”


EVGA X58 SLI @ TechGage

“EVGA’s X58 SLI isn’t a new offering, but it’s still quite relevant. So, we’re taking a fresh look at the board to see where it stands in today’s competition. While its overclocking-ability may not be overly impressive, EVGA makes it apparent that they don’t cut corners and deliver a board that’s attractive to both gamers and new system builders alike.”

Gigabyte EX58-UD4P

Gigabyte EX58-UD4P @ TechGage

“At CES earlier this year, Gigabyte showed off two new motherboards that promised both a great value and of course, good overclocking abilities. The EX58-UD4P was one of those, and we’ve now been able to put it to the test. We’re happy to report that as we had hoped, the board delivers on all fronts, and coupled with a reasonable price, it looks to be well-worth a look.”

MSI 790GX-G65

MSI 790GX-G65 @ OC Club

“Well, when it comes down to the wire, apples to apples, the DDR3 memory support does give the AM3 processors a bit of a lead. In just about every test there was an increase when using a 790GX based board with DDR3 memory support over DDR2 memory support. If you are in the market for a new system, then I highly suggest going the AM3 route.”