ASUS M4A79XTD EVO Motherboard

Slots and Memory

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO motherboard comes with two x16 PCI Express 2.0 slots, two PCI Express x1 slots and two standard PCI slots. When only one video card is used, the main PCI Express x16 slot (blue) really works at x16, but when two video cards are installed both slots work at x8.

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO motherboardFigure 4: Slots.

Socket AM3 CPUs support both DDR2 and DDR3 memories, but the kind of memory you can have depends on the kind of motherboard they are installed on, socket AM2+ or socket AM3, respectively. Being a socket AM3 motherboard, ASUS M4A79XTD EVO supports only DDR3 memories. It comes with four memory sockets and in order to achieve the maximum performance possible you need to install two or four memory modules in order to enable the dual channel feature, which doubles the available memory bandwidth. If two modules are used, you need to install them on sockets with the same color. On this motherboard sockets one and two are black and sockets three and four are blue.

The maximum amount of memory you can have is 16 GB (by using four 4 GB modules) and although officially socket AM3 CPUs support up to DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 modules, ASUS M4A79XTD EVO supports up to DDR3-1800 memories through overclocking.

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO motherboardFigure 5: Memory sockets.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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