Phenom in ASUS Motherboard: Works


After the desperate fail of the Gigabyte motherboard with the Phenom processor last week: I indulged my motherboard addiction, took Michael Kleef’s valuable advice and purchased an ASUS.

Specifically, the ASUS M2A-VM HDMI board. Installed, upgraded the BIOS and it worked. Booted first time. In fact, a few driver installs later and the machine is working.

Performance change: As this machine is primarily a video capture and encoder machine, transcoding is an excellent measurement of performance change.I have a standard 5Gb video that I transcode using Microsoft Expression Encoder with a common output setting.

ASUS M2A-VM AMD Athlon 6000+ : 17m27s

ASUS M2A-VM AMD Phenom 9600 BE : 14m09s

This is a 18.9% improvement in performance.

The Windows Processor performance on the Processor changed from 5.4 to 5.9 (as you would expect)

Now to reconfigure the drivers for the digital video capture.

4 thoughts on “Phenom in ASUS Motherboard: Works”

  1. Tim

    Really, really funny story.

    Was Corsair memory but NOT certified for the ASUS mobo. Had to upgrade — and its actually stable.

    Thanks for your pointer, by the way. After the pointer I re-read the ASUS documentation and came to the root cause of my issues.


  2. No problem.
    I just purchased a 9500 myself. Wont be in transit until monday, so I’m hoping it will work in my mobo when I get it. It’s not AM2+, but from what I’ve read and heard, it doesn’t matter all that much if you’re not a hardcore gamer. I’m just hoping to enjoy it until a good micro-atx board comes out with an nvidia chipset. I’m caught in the AMD CPU/Nvidia GPU dilemma. My video editing software don’t like those “RED” gpu’s. If’n ya knows what I means. Thanks for the RAM info.

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