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Asus M4A785TD-M EVO AMD Motherboard review

Ardjuna Seghers



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If the title of this review elicits a feeling of déjà-vu, don't worry, you're not wrong and we're not reviewing the same product twice. Notice that the Asus M4A785TD-V EVO we reviewed a while back has a 'V'-suffix after the main model number, while the board we're looking at today is the M4A785TD-M. What difference does this one letter make? Well, quite a bit, actually, as the 'M' stands for Micro-ATX, meaning this newer model will fit into far smaller cases.

What with the exciting new Intel P55 chipset (as found in the recently-reviewed MSI P55-GD65) doing the rounds, we haven't done an AMD-based board in a while - but despite providing truly excellent value for money, Intel's P55-based Core i5/7 processors still aren't within everyone's price range. If you're limited to the low end of the budget market, AMD's versatile AM3-based boards are still a great option, especially as they're compatible with almost every AMD CPU since the socket-939 days and look to be compatible with future models for a good while yet.

If we had any complaint with the Asus M4A785TD-V EVO, it was that the excellent HD 4200 integrated graphics core in its AMD 785G chipset was not reaching its full potential in an ATX-sized motherboard, as those wanting to build a home theatre PC (HTPC) would usually be looking for something to fit in a small form factor (SFF) system. Of course there's also a market segment for those that just want a simple workhorse PC, for which integrated graphics are perfectly adequate, but arguably that same crowd would still want a small PC if possible. Let's see then if the M4A785TD-M is a good option.

To begin with, let's take a quick look at the basic specifications. Based on AMD's 785G chipset paired with the SB710 southbridge, the board supports AM3 processors but is backwards compatible with AM2, so even older AMD CPUs should have no problem. For memory you're limited to DDR3, which until recently was the more expensive option (compared to the DDR2 many AMD motherboards support) but has now come down in price to a point where there's no longer a significant difference.

The included bundle is very sparse considering this board - while hardly high-end - isn't exactly the cheapest model in Asus' line-up. All you get in addition to the manual and single driver disk is an EIDE cable and two black SATA cables, one of which has an angled connector.

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December 3, 2009, 2:11 pm

Title has the model number wrong.

And the newer BIOS versions allow "unleashing mode" which unlocks deactivated cores :D

I got my Athlon II x3 405e overclocked from tri-core 2.3GHz to quad-core 2.76GHz without any additional voltage at all.


December 3, 2009, 2:18 pm

Cheers, fixed.


December 3, 2009, 10:40 pm

But surely its madness at this point in time to buy a motherboard without usb 3.0 and sata 600?


December 4, 2009, 12:07 am


Only if you're an early adopter. It's not like there are hundreds of compatible devices. Usb 3.0 and sata 600 are both still in their infancy.


December 7, 2009, 3:39 pm

Review fails to mention that the board supports ECC memory, which is a great feature for people like myself that want to a build media servers that runs 24/7, and don't want it falling over randomly due to memory errors.

I would have would have liked to have seen what the greater than 2TB RAID array support was like on this board, with 1TB HDDs going for chump change these days and 1.5TB drives following close behind, Support for RAID arrays greater than 2TB is increasingly important feature for onboard RAID, but it still seems to be extremely hit and miss affair.


January 14, 2010, 6:59 pm


A)Do you shop at OYYY a lot?

B)Thanks for the feedback!


Personally I wouldn't be too fussed about SATA 3 - USB 3.0 on the other hand is definitely worth waiting for, IF you use large external storage devices. In fact we have a test of the first USB3 drive coming soon, so keep an eye out.


Cheers about the ECC feedback, tbh it's not something we had considered but will try to keep an eye on it for future reviews.

matt 16

June 24, 2010, 2:50 pm

What CPU are people using on this board? I tried a Phenom 4 and it fell over constantly...

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