Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard ReviewMon, Dec 24, 2007 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts And Conclusion
The Asus M3A32MVP Deluxe WiFi motherboard was just awesome to work with. The board sets up easy, and has the Asus name to back it, which means absolute quality. I will say right off the bat that the only drawback of the board is that it is an AMD board. Whether you may think the following statement is nice to say or not does not negate its truth: Right now, AMD cannot compete with Intel when it comes to CPU performance. With that in mind, as good as this board is, it is so hard to recommend it over an Intel setup. We really liked this board, it just is too bad that AMD is so far behind at this time. Anyways, with that in mind, let’s give this article a wrap up.
First off, the performance of the board was terrific and can only get better as the BIOS for the board matures. The board scored better than the 690G chipset in most of our testing, and where it did not, it was right on par with it. A few more BIOS tweaks and I am sure this board will surpass the 690 with ease.
The included bundle with the Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe is fantastic. It comes with not only what you need for your setup, but it gives you some extra goodies like the Asus Cool Mempipe, fan and WiFi that just take this bundle over the top.
Overclocking on this board was certainly easy due to the way that Asus implements its BIOS. There was never a time that we had to use the Clear CMOS at all. If the overclock fails, all you do is reboot. This board overclocked to very good levels, and certainly with a little more time and tweaking this board could likely take us even higher. It is also nice to have the profile sin the BIOS so you can boot to specific overclocks on the fly.
Price is where this thing gets sticky. Not because it is a board that is not worth its price tag. It is worth its price if you separate it from what we talked about in the very beginning of our conclusion here: it is an AMD board. By itself, the board has the features, performance and the quality that usually come with the price tag that comes with it. Right now, you can get the board in the $229 plus shipping price range. The cheapest Phenom is listing at $209, so a total of $438 for the board and CPU. When you compare that to a similarly priced Intel setup, you can get an Asus P5E motherboard and Intel Q6750 for around $20 cheaper. That is a no brainer. If you are an AMD all the way type of person, this board is a great board, but it is just hard to recommend an AMD setup over Intel right now.
Legit Bottom Line: Asus has come through again with the M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi motherboard. This is a great board, and if you already have a decent AMD CPU this would be a nice upgrade for you. If you are looking to try out Phenom, this would also be a great pick for your rig.