ASUS M32AD-US026S Review

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September 30, 2014
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The numbers of big greyish boxes that used to be in every household have greatly reduced in the recent years. The finger is pointing at mobile devices and compact laptops like Chromebooks. But I’m not a judgemental person at all, I try to find something good in every computer. And there surely are many positive things in having an ASUS M32AD-US026S. I’ll tell you the pros and cons below.

The essentials

This desktop was released not long ago on 3 September 2014. It runs on Windows 8.1 64-bit version and is powered by Intel Core i5 processor. The CPU clocks at 3.2GHz and has four cores. From such a setting, you can expect excellent performance and multitasking capabilities. Also charts show this Intel isn’t a laggard at all. What is more, the same charts give excellent bang for the buck ratings for the processor.

Whopping 8GB RAM is installed in ASUS M32AD-US026S. It’s debatable whether one really needs so much, or is it just a showoff from ASUS to give an illusion of much faster computer. I can’t say for sure, but it’s safe to assume 8GB memory is enough for any tasks you could do with this computer. In case you really want to install more, that’s possible because the system supports up to 16GB of system memory.

They also didn’t skimp on the storage space. There’s a 2TB (2048GB) hard drive installed which provides space for, say, hundreds of DVD quality movies. That’s of course assuming you actually store data on your computer. Many have moved to other storage methods such as cloud, which ASUS offers for its customers 100GB for free.

What does ASUS M32AD-US026S offer for gamers? There’s no dedicated graphics card here. However, the Intel Core i5-4460 processor contains HD Graphics 4600 chip. It’s a member of the somewhat poor Intel integrated graphics chips family. It’s not a good friend for hardcore gamers because heavy titles like Thief of latest Assassin’s Creed will have chops, although the severity varies depending on how smooth ride you’re used to. At least around 20 FPS should be attainable for such games. For older titles and those with less graphics, you can expect better frame rates with more eye candy turned on.

Connections, other things

Now that we’re done with the essentials, let’s see about other things this ASUS has. For starters, there’s a DVD burner installed so you can both read and write data from/to optical media. The front panel also contains 2 USB 3.0 ports, a 6-in-1 card reader and headphones/microphone jack.

The back panel contains 3 USB 2.0 ports as well as VGA and HDMI ports. Thus, using dual monitors is possible on ASUS M32AD-US026S.

Both Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac WiFi adapters can be used for network access. Also Bluetooth 4.0 is supported, letting you connect mobile phones and wireless gamepads to the desktop.

Whereas monitor must be acquired separately, this Asus still ships with USB mouse and keyboard.

Conclusion

ASUS M32AD-US026S is one of those around 500 buck desktops that does it job very well in home, home office or student dorm. In essence, it also provides enough power for demanding users like developers and graphics designers. Playing games is not unheard of at all, just remember to keep resolution and other settings on the low side on latest titles if you opt for this Asus.

All in all, I don’t see anything particular to complain about here. Similar price (or even cheaper) All-in-One desktops can be less of a hassle to setup but they’re not on par with the performance this Asus possesses. As such, this desktop is good pick if you want more power and future-proof than a couple hundred bucks cheaper computer can offer.


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12 thoughts on “ASUS M32AD-US026S Review

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hey Grim, this model has a free PCI-e x 16 slot on the mainboard, so you can add a dedicated graphics card if you choose so. The power supply gives maximum 350W so it might be just enough for your needs. However if you want to add a high-end card, you’d have to replace the PSU too with a stronger one. Also remember the physical limitations of the computer case, 6.9 x 16 x 15 inch (WHD) on this ASUS.

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  1. Hunter Sloan

    Would this be good for games like Day z, Rust, H1Z1 ETC If you don’t know what these games are please look them up and come back here and answer it please.

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi Hunter, thanks for stopping by. You should be able to run those games easily. You can even try medium to high settings.

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  2. bryce

    Hi i have a NVIDIA GTX 750 ti gpu it only requires 300w and im going to be running games such as CS:GO and DayZ would i be able to put my graphics card in it?

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  3. Ed

    Would like to add a firewire 400 two input card, and a 2nd hard drive, but am concerned about the power supply. Is 300W enough, and what is the result of having an underpowered desktop?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Glad you stopped by Ed. This model has a 350W power supply as far as I know. Such a PSU should be able to take secondary hard drive and firewire card no problem. You can also use calculator like this to be on the safe side. Anyway, if your system was underpowered, extra heat and random shut downs would be the most obvious results. But I think it’s very unlikely to happen with what you’re planning to do.

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  4. Robert

    Do you know if the hard drive that comes with this unit is 3Gbps or 6Gbps? I know the motherboard has X2 SATA 3Gbps & X2 SATA 6Gbps. I was just wondering if the Hard Drive that comes with it is SATA 6Gbps. Thanks..

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  5. GS

    If I upgraded gpu to nvidia gtx 750 ti, added 256gb ssd card + 1tb hdd, 16gb ram, PSU of 600w; would this computer set up for m32ad work good for music producing daily ?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Not sure I see the logic behind adding all that for music producing. What you’re describing (a dedicated graphics card, SSD, more RAM, beefier PSU) would make this computer faster for sure, but especially the graphics card and better PSU wouldn’t be needed for music producing. Granted, I’m not a music producer, but from what I can see, the desktop would work for that as it is, without the need to upgrade the components you listed.

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