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ASUS M4A79XTD EVO worth it over M4A87TD?

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Hello, I lightly searched for this topic and found nothing so forgive me if it's a rehash. I was wondering for a 955 if the XTD was a better board and if so, why? I am also looking at the GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3. Any opinion is welcome!

Thanks,

Dylan
post #2 of 8
The EVO is an improved version of the same board. The main difference is that is has an 8+1 power phase which makes it much, much better for overclocking as well as lowering the chance of it going "boom" at higher overclocks
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post #3 of 8
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Aren't they both labeled as "EVO"? After checking the power phase list it seems you're right, I guess the only real difference is a bit more oc room with the XTD. The M4A87TD isn't even heatsinked...does that mean OCing any amount would be risky?
Edited by loveadventurer - 3/23/11 at 9:16pm
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Whoa wait! Sorry! I read the title wrong, i thought you were comparing the M4A87TD vs M4A87TD EVO.
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I think I'm gonna go with the 790X EVO...I looked them up and the only important differences are the 870 has 4 more usb 2.0, 2 usb 3.0, 850 chipset as opposed to 750, and sata3 vs. sata2.....but I can get the 790 for $75 while the 870 cost $25 more so...
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post #6 of 8
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I like the fact that the M4A79XTD can reliably OC, supports 1600 RAM out of the box and has the latest USB/SATA. My decision is made. Now that I think about it I apologize for even making this topic, I could have figured this out just through my own research, especially with the power phase page here on the forums.
post #7 of 8
Yeah that's what I'm gonna go with too. Well, it doesn't support USB 3.0 and Sata 3 (6Gb/s) but that's okay, a budget PC is a budget PC lol I've been living off notebooks all my life and this is my first build.

What other parts are you looking at? I'm looking at...
Asus HD6850
G. Skill Ripjaw X 2x2 1600MHz
WDC Black 500GB 32MB Sata2
Cooler Master Haf 912
Sony Optiarc 24X
Corsair A70
Corsair TX650 V2
extra red led 120mm fan for the intake

totaling around $750 after taxes over here...pretty decent budget build I suppose but still doing some more research to see if I can get better price-to-performance parts without sacrificing too much performance

any advice?
Edited by reyo - 3/23/11 at 10:51pm
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post #8 of 8
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I'm likely going to get the RipJaws too, probably an Antec TruePower for PSU....Phenom II 955 Black for CPU....don't know about other parts yet.....hopefully I can find an HD6950 2GB for cheap enough come Fall. I wonder if they will drop at all in price....

I think your build is good, you might want to mess around with the components list until you come up with a way to get a better Video Card if you game a lot and want your build to last a long time, not that the 6850 isn't a good upper mid-range card. Make sure you reference the rankings here on the site to see where each option lies. (linked at bottom)

http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...time-last.html
Edited by loveadventurer - 3/24/11 at 11:11am
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