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ASUS M5A88-V EVO
ASUS M5A88-V EVO
This board has the same chipset as the MM488TD-V EVO/USB3 I
reviewed previously but has Socket AM3+ rather than the other
board's Socket AM3 (no +). This new board can accommodate the
FX-series processors, but the reviews on NewEgg.com suggested
that these new CPUs are not all they are cracked up to be, so
I stuck with a 965 Black Edition. I installed 4GB of RAM.
From my experience with the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3, I was sure that
trying to install from the existing IDE optical drive would not
work (these boards have a combination IDE/Firewire chip by VIA),
so I got an SATA drive. I did initially leave the original IDE
optical drive connected, but eCS did not detect it.
- The onboard video (the same as on the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3)
did not work with SNAP, but worked with Panorama VESA, but using
the digital output I could not get an image that filled the screen
of my Samsung wide-screen monitor: it filled the screen if I used
the VGA output, but everything seemed slow compared to the video
performance with SNAP and an ATI X1050 (X550 chip) on the previous
motherboard. So I ended up disabling the onboard video and
installing that ATI card, which SNAP uses at 1920x1080 quite happily.
- Although I see that I had reported that the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3's
onboard networking worked with the Realtek driver included with eCS 2.0,
this board's ostensibly identical networking (Realtek RTL8111E) was a
problem. The installer recognized it and installed the R8110 driver,
which appeared to be working properly at boot time, yet the networking
was totally unusable. I have read that this chip can be flaky on other
operating systems too, so I disabled the onboard chip and installed the
RTL8169 card I had used previously; this works fine with the same
- I found no parameters that worked with the version of ACPI that
came with eCS 2.1, but the old OS2APIC.PSD driver worked fine and
enabled all 4 cores. The latest ACPI (3.20.01) works with the /VW
parameter but results in a very long boot time: 2 min 15 sec between
displaying the EVFS banner and drawing the desktop. ACPI 3.19.15 was
not much quicker, so I have reverted to OS2APIC.PSD. (The new ACPI
worked with the /PIC parameter, but my SCSI devices -- LSILogic
adapter -- were not recognized -- same problem as with earlier
versions of ACPI.)
- I changed the BIOS setting for the SATA drives to AHCI, and
it appeared to work with the OS2AHCI.ADD driver, but I left it
running overnight and found that it had trapped (Trap000d) in
OS2AHCI, so I have reverted to IDE mode.
The PCI sniffer finds no errors in the IRQ routing table -- the first
time I have seen this in many years.
Information is sent by: Alan Beagley -- 2012-06-10 12:27:26
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