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ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:35 am

ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard Review

The A8R32-MVP Deluxe motherboard supports dual PCI Express x16 slots running at full speed to liberate ATI graphics cards through ATI's CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset. To help overclockers the board comes with Q-Fan2 and Stack Cool2 to ensure quiet yet efficient cooling. With ASUS claiming that this board shows off the real potential of the ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset, Legit Reviews takes a look and finds out they might be right!

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Of all the recent s939 boards that I have had on the test bench, I would have to say that this board ranked right at the the top. It certainly has been my favorite ATI chipset board, due to the sheer ease of overclocking. If looks mean anything to you, the black PCB has to catch your eye. Performance is on par with other ATI 3200 boards, as the only real difference these days seems to be the bundle and overclocking ability, of which Asus tops when it comes to overclocking, and only so-so with the bundle. Running in Crossfire was also a breeze on this board, with the included instructions being very clear and thorough.


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Postby DMB2000uk » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:41 am

Why are the NB and SB heatsinks removed in that photo? :P

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Postby DMB2000uk » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:50 am

And as for black... I like white better...

Front1, Front2, Back

(These pics were shamelessly stolen form Xbitlabs :P)

Its of the Sturgeon ATI reference board (again 3200, but AM2) and i hope they bring out a conroe one in this colour 8)

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Postby Apoptosis » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:50 am

actually I took that photo and what can I saw... I like seeing naked chipsets!
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Postby DMB2000uk » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:52 am

Adds that little bit of geek hotness (otherwise known as pr0n :P)

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Postby Dragon_Cooler » Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:47 am

you know your a geek when...... LOLLOL
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Postby pcrobot » Wed Jul 05, 2006 1:13 pm

Great review!

DMB2000uk wrote:And as for black... I like white better...

I think white stands out too much. Black is better. My MSI K8N Neo4-F is black.
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Postby pastorjay » Wed Jul 05, 2006 1:41 pm

Hehe, everyone has their own opinion! That white does stand out! :shock:
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Postby kenc51 » Wed Jul 05, 2006 3:46 pm

Nice review!
How does it overclock using a lower multi? Will it pass 305MHz?

As i said before, I'm thinking of getting this board...or the DFI equivalent....
Then again, I'm thinking of going small for the second rig......mATX or HTPC :? (built around a 4400+ :finga: )
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Postby Skippman » Wed Jul 05, 2006 4:45 pm

Do you still have to run the Crossfire dongle outside the case when running dual X1900XTX's on this board?
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Postby pastorjay » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:32 pm

Yes you do have to run the dongle outside the box. I can't wait for dongleless CF for the 1900XTX!
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Postby Apoptosis » Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:06 am

kenc51 wrote:Nice review!
How does it overclock using a lower multi? Will it pass 305MHz?


Just in case you missed that one Jason :)
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Postby pastorjay » Thu Jul 06, 2006 6:55 am

Thanks nate! I did miss it. With a 9x multi I was able to get to 329 with no vcore increase. I did not go any lower with the multi.
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Postby kenc51 » Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:08 am

329 is higher than the techreport got with their DFI R580 board! They "only" hit 310MHz.........
Now If they could stop charging soo much for the ATI chipset boards!
I want this board......mainly because it's not NV and no chipset fan.........NF4 boards use way too much power not to mention major issues with missing HDD's etc. :roll:
(I have 5 HDDs on my expert board, 4 on the NF4 chipset and one on the Silicon Image controller, only 2 show up in Device manager! -> another story, another thread)
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