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Asus M4A87TD/USB3 Motherboard Review

Rating: 9.0.

We recently looked at one of Asus' high end M4A90GTD Pro/USB3 motherboards that impressed us with its extensive feature set and strong performance.  The only drawback of this board was the high price which put it out into the ‘deeper wallet' category.  So we were excited when Asus offered us a lower-end board that is a little more wallet friendly while retaining a good feature-set.

Today we have Asus' M4A87TD/USB3.0 motherboard in our labs which is designed for those with a mid range budget.  And, with Sandy Bridge setups being well priced, we can only really see low to mid-range users opting for AMD setups, so this board will probably sell better than its higher end brother.


Socket AM3 ;Phenom™II /Athlon™II
/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors

AMD 140W CPU Support

AMD Cool ‘n' Quiet™ Technology

Supports 45nm CPU

Chipset AMD
870 / SB850
to 5200 MT/s ; HyperTransport™ 3.0 interface
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066
ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory

Dual Channel memory architecture

* DDR3 Memory Ultra Low Voltage support

** Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity
or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize
less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is

***Due to CPU spec., AMD 100 and 200 series CPUs support up to DDR3
1066MHz. With ASUS design, this motherboard can support up to DDR3

**** Refer to www.asus.com for the memory QVL (Qualified Vendors

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16

1 x PCIe 2.0 x4

1 x PCIe 2.0 x1

3 x PCI

Storage SB850 Chipset

6 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,5,10

JMB368 PATA controller

1 xUltraDMA 133/100 for up to 2 PATA devices

LAN Realtek® 8111E Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2
Audio VIA VT1818 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC

– Supports 192kHz/ 24bit BD Lossless Sound

– Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel

– Optical S/PDIF Out port at back I/O

– ASUS Noise Filter

USB NEC USB 3.0 controller

– 2 x USB 3.0 ports (Blue, at back panel)

AMD® SB850

– 12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

Unique Features
ASUS Xtreme Design

ASUS Hybrid Processor – TurboV EVO

– Turbo Unlocker, TurboV, Turbo Key, CPU Level UP

ASUS Hybrid Switch

– Core Unlocker

ASUS Hybrid OS — Express Gate

ASUS Power Solutions


ASUS Exclusive

– MemOK!

ASUS Quiet Thermal

– ASUS Fanless Design: Heat sink solution

– ASUS Fan Xpert


– ASUS O.C. Profile

– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

– ASUS EZ Flash 2

– ASUS MyLogo 2

– Multi-language BIOS

Precision Tweaker 2:

– vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.003125V increment

– vDDNB: Adjustable CPU NB voltage at 0.003125V increment

– vNB: Adjustable North Bridge voltage at 0.00625V increment

– vHT bus: Adjustable PCH voltage at 0.00625V increment

– vDRAM Bus: Adjustable DRAM voltage at 0.00625V increment

SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)

– Internal Base Clock tuning from 100MHz up to 600MHz at 1MHz increment

– PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz

Overclocking Protection:

– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Panel I/O Ports
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)

1 x LAN(RJ45) port

8 -Channel Audio I/O

1 x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple)

1 x PS/2 Mouse (Green)

2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (Blue)

6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

I/O Connectors
3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports

1 x IDE connector

6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

1 x CPU Fan connector

1 x Chassis Fan connector (3-pin)

1 x Power Fan connector

1 x S/PDIF Out Header

1 x Core Unlocker Switch

1 x MemOK! Button

Front panel audio connector

1 x COM connector

1 x Clear CMOS jumper

24-pin ATX Power connector

4-pin ATX 12V Power connector

System Panel

BIOS 8 Mb Flash ROM , SPI, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI
2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
Manageability WfM
2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE
Accessories 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100 cable

2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables

1 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cables

1 x IO Shield

2 in 1 Q-connector (USB, System panel; Retail version only)

User's manual


Anti-virus software (OEM version)

ASUS Utilities

ASUS Update

ATX Form Factor

12 inch x 8.4 inch ( 30.5 cm x 21.3 cm )

Asus supply the M4A87TD/USB3 in a green motherboard box which should provide plenty of protection for the board in transit.  The front of the box is littered with various logos which advertise a number of the boards' features and turning the box over reveals a more detailed breakdown of these features and the boards' specification.

The included bundle contains everything we could ask for from a board at this price point.  It consists of three SATA cables, a selection of manuals, a software CD, an IDE cable and Asus' Q-Connector.  The Q-Connector enables easy installation of the front panel buttons and indicator lights as we can plug all these devices into the connector outside the case before they are all inserted together into the board.

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