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GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-UD2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 780G
  • Phenom FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2
  • DDR2 1200 / 1066 / 800
  • (Whether 1200 MHz memory speed is supported depends on the CPU being used)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Justin T.
  • 7/14/2009 3:32:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than Asus M4A78-EM

Pros: I have built hundreds of custom PC's that use Asus motherboards. I went out on a limb and tried Gigabyte again. I was pleasantly surprised but the quality and additional features over the Asus counter part: M4A78-EM.
I more easily installed RAID 1 (mirror) since the Asus caused a blue screen on an XP install twice, where the Gigabyte did not. However you do need a USB/IDE floppy drive and the floppy 1.44 disabled in the BIOS. The Asus only supports USB floppys, not ribbon cabled. In addition to the same specs as the Asus, it has IEEE 1394a (firewire) on back and on board. It also has kept the mouse PS/2 port where Asus nixed it.

Cons: I wish it has 2 or 3 SATA cables, since everyone at least needs a ODD (DVD burner) and HDD where SATA is now more commonly used than IDE in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: Other than the additional SATA cables, I would like to see 4 pins supporting the northbridge heatsink (Gigabyte logo on it) instead of the diagonal two. There is not enough support for the heatsink, for users who use it to help fit the motherboard into their case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/14/2009 7:34:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board, lots of ports!

Pros: 4 DIMM slots, lots of expansion ports, onboard video & HDMI. Dual-boot BIOS with lots of opportunity to O.C. Worked right out of the box!

Cons: Onboard video is the limiting factor -- Win7 gives it only a 4.1. Still, graphics cards are cheap, so no biggie.

Other Thoughts: I haven't had this long enough to really tweak it yet -- haven't tried to O.C., haven't hooked up the HDMI. Paired it with an Athlon 64 X2 5200 Brisbane (combo) & 4GB of A-DATA DDR2 800 RAM. Really good board for the price, and like I said -- it worked out of the box!

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  • LeeRoy H.
  • 7/10/2009 3:22:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board!!! Newegg Rocks!!

Pros: I put the GA-MA78GPM-UD2H in a new build and used a hard drive from an old computer that had Windows 7 RC 64bit installed on it. (GA-MA78GPM-UD2H had the F1 bios) I installed a Phenom 4x 9950, with 4gbs ram turned the system on and it booted into Win7 without one issue! Downloaded the F4 bios and it is still running like a charm!

Cons: Could use an extra cooling fan header.

Other Thoughts: I've bought more expensive boards (ASUS, MSI) that didn't have as many features. Gigabyte, keep making a QUALITY board and I'll keep buying them!!

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  • garrett c.
  • 7/7/2009 8:47:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap and worked like it should

Cons: none

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  • Steven E.
  • 6/29/2009 7:39:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice cheap intro for AM3 cpus

Pros: HDMI, DVI, and optical audio. Crossfire ready with onboard graphics chip. eSATA and plenty of USB slots. AM3 support with BIOS update to at least F3.

Cons: Only SB700 and not SB710 or SB750. Which means it does not have the ability to unlock cores.

Other Thoughts: I wish I had paid attention and done more research on South Bridge technologies. I wanted to pair this with an AMD Phenom II 550 and unlock the additional cores. Otherwise it is an outstanding board for the price

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  • Miguel T.
  • 6/26/2009 10:13:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIs it worth extra $15? YES!

Pros: Great board for normal computing, even gaming unless you're planning a business model with multiple drives (like more than 5 to keep it simple) in one of RAID configurations.

Just thought of putting a quick post to those who are wondering:
why pay $15 more for this board when the other mATX Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-UD2H is $74.99??? So what I get another letter "P" (GPM)? The specs don't show any differences (you're right it doesn't show but it's a short list, you were very observent go get urself a candy).

the 2 main differences are:
1- 128MB DDR3 Sideport Memory, dedicated exclusively to onboard graphics (aahhhhh yes it processes graphics a taddy waddy faster, just a better architecture to have a separate dedicated memory)
2- Notice in the pictures the mosfets (little square and round thingy's lined up below the CPU socket) there are more on this board (slightly better system power delivery); will not make a difference in most dual cores, but if you're going Quad's and latest GPU

Cons: The guy below that said this board doesn't support AM3 CPUs. YOU'RE WRONG!
Maybe you're confused: this is a DDR2 (not DDR3) mobo but it does work with newer AM3 CPUs, so if you want the latest Phenom II's 45nm go crazy!!!

Other Thoughts: I almost got this board went instead with Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P (without onboard graphics) because well 1- I had a combo discount $30 (yay Newegg Rocks!)
2- I already had a discrete GPU wasn't planing on using onboard graphics anyway
3- Had 2nd PCI-E that will allow me to upgrade to Cross-Fire graphics in the future should I chose

Note that this last board is ATX form and so longer will not fit in most OEM cases as they usually come in small micro-ATX (mATX) format and this big boards require bigger cases.

But if you buy the board being reviewed here it's mATX and a PERFECT upgrade for your aging PC.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/17/2009 12:21:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDDR2 1200 Lacking

Pros: Solid, high-quality board with decent BIOS. Able to get Phenom II X3 720 stable at 3.62 GHz on the stock cooler.

Cons: If you want to use the on-board 780G graphics, forget about DDR2 1200. The graphics will crash the system during the Windows Experience Index assessment -- if you are running your memory at DDR2 1200.

Other Thoughts: The marketing is misleading. The board supposedly supports DDR2 1200, but the memory clock multiplier stops at 5.33 (1066 speed). The only way to get DDR2 1200 is to overclock the CPU link multiplier to 225 MHz. (The Phenom II has only DDR2 1066 memory controller.) I could live with this, if the rest of the board -- 780G graphics -- functioned afterward. So, this particular board does not, in effect, support DDR2 1200.

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  • William F.
  • 5/30/2009 4:31:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board, early BIOS

Pros: Nice hardware. Good specifications and options, and love the Ultra-Durable-3 features. Heavy; all that extra copper? Hardware installation was a breeze, split SATA controller (IDE on one port & AHCI on others) made it easy to reuse an existing bloated Windows XP Pro x86 install without SATA driver issues. Thanks "The Claw" for that incite. No driver issues at all, cleaned old drivers, booted up and loaded each manually and it worked -- granite stable and fast. Then updated to the latest Catalyst version perfectly. I love these AMD drivers.

Cons: Most of my "CONS" are BIOS related. With F3 BIOS:
1. My 1.8v RAM setting shows >1.9V in BIOS "PC health Status".
2. BIOS plays with itself forever -- REAL SLOW to handover to the O.S.
3. AHCI enabled SATA gives BIOS an excuse to waste another 10 seconds and disables HDD S.M.A.R.T and SpeedFan monitoring. If you run at native IDE, all's well.
4. The "System Smart Fan Control" is apparently voltage only and a fixed response profile, even though the header is 4 pin PWM variety. It is completely un-tunable in "Easy Tune 6". Only one fan I have would even start up (~250 RPM). Disable it and treat it as a dumb header in your fan plan. On the good side, CPU smart fan works well, as advertised and highly tunable -- very well done.
5. SpeedFan 4.38 is locked out of all fan speed control, no matter what. Temp, Voltage and Speed monitoring works.
6. Included "applications" are the typical underfunded chop-ware: bad translations, helpless "help", strange learning curve.

Other Thoughts: This board came with the earliest BIOS (F1) and the CPU list declared that a 5050e needed F2 or higher. But, it booted Windows fine and allowed @BIOS to update to F3 from the web later. Nice.
The only "CON" that didn't just waste my time was the system header speed control problem -- that required a new fan plan. I really like this stable Motherboard despite the glitches. A few more BIOS releases will probably fix most of my concerns. It gets all five eggs. All from the Egg.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/12/2009 10:22:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMany Confusing Models from G

Pros: In my build, it works without any need for troubleshooting. However, before playing OC, this seems like just another so-so computer with X4 CPU, except the fashionable HD port.

Cons: It does not support AM3. GA-MA790X-UD4P seems more flexible for a wide range of processors and higher memory speed. UD4P gets a newer AMD chip set for $15 more.

Other Thoughts: It was very confusing trying to pick out a good board, thanks to a large number of available models. (Yes, I see this as a con! They paid extra bucks to support the many models instead of spending money wisely on better products.)

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  • Scott B.
  • 5/10/2009 7:40:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOk till it goes bad

Pros: The usual good marks; easy install, great performer, north bridge didn't start a fire that sorta thing.

Cons: Unfortunately, for me, after only 4 months 1st my built in NIC blew out, I replaced it with a PCI NIC, no big deal then it blew out my PCI NIC, basically after talking with Gigabyte's IT I was $500 poorer because in the process of "fixing" it my graphics card blew out and another NIC that was working perfectly in another PC blew out.

Other Thoughts: All Gigabyte products I have ever bought over the years performed great but aged horribly. I know now after giving them lots of chances to redeem themselves in my eyes, I'll just take the safe bet with ASUS even when they're more expensive and have less features.

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