ASUS M5A99X EVO Motherboard
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 10-16-2011
Provided by: ASUS

I've installed the ASUS M5A99X EVO with the following hardware:

AMD 1090T X6 Phenom II BE
2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
2x2Gb OCZ Platinum XTE DDR3-2000
Swiftech H20-320 Edge
128Gb Crucial C300 RealSSD
Icy Dock 2.5" Adapter
1Tb WD Caviar Black
1Tb Hitachi Deskstar
2x320Gb Seagate 7200.10 RAID1
Optiarc 7241S 24x DVD+/-RW
ASUS EAH5870 V2 1G
Zalman VF3000A
Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition

The original goal was to have one of the new eight-core Zambezi processors for testing as soon as they became available. However given the demonstrated lackluster performance we've seen thus far, particularly in comparison to the X6 Thuban chip already in our possession, it's likely that we'll wait for anticipated better yield chips such as FX-8170, or "Enhanced Bulldozer" aka Piledriver due next year.

Although the DDR3 kits are of disparate memory speeds, both were installed together and run at the lowest common denominator.

All six SATA devices were connected to the AMD SB950 supplied 6Gb/s ports.

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium was installed fresh to the 128Gb Crucial RealSSD, with the two 1Tb drives housing non-essential data and the two 320Gb drives in an existing AMD RAID1 mirror for more critical file storage.

Now that everything is set up let's take a look at the BIOS.

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