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ASUS M4A78 PRO AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 780G
  • Phenom II / Athlon II / Phenom / Athlon / Sempron
  • Support 45nm Phenom II CPU
  • AMD 140W CPU Support
  • DDR2 1066*/800
  • (Due to AMD CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+/AM3 CPU for
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Walter A.
  • 7/31/2014 10:41:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate

Pros: Great MB for the price I got It at

Cons: Could of had the core unlock on it and dual PCI-e for SLI

Other Thoughts: I have had this MB since 11/03/2009 and it has been going strong I haven't had the first Problem out of it.

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  • marvin r.
  • 5/6/2013 7:27:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor

Pros: Cheep has 6 Sata ports

Cons: MB not very stable It died on me crashed on me twice second time just died.

Other Thoughts: This will be my 4th Asus MB and last every one after a couple years just die.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/16/2012 3:19:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsagain, stress...

Pros: none

Cons: 15/02/2012
After 3 months no problem, here we go again; no post, no beep, nothing. 6Th time already since i'm owning this board... It has been returned already 2 times to the Belgium part of asus, nothing found...

"Back to basic" boot setup;
BIOS 1701
M4a78pro, AMD Phenom 2 x4 945, OCZ PSU, 1xDDR2 800 corsair xms2 or kingston 800

Clear cmos, removing battery for hours, doing a raindance upside down...
---> No post, no boot, nothing.

Maybe down-grading the bios?

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Sorry to hear about the issues. Contact ASUS in Belgium once again stating the issues in exact detail and if necessary send in peripherals for them to be able to replicate. This customer inbox is for Newegg customers that reside in NA only, so that is the best advice we can give.

Regards
ASUS Customer Support

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  • Steven H.
  • 11/4/2009 2:21:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsVideo Dropout Problem

Pros: Board has a lot of nice features; sata connectors,hdmi hookup, etc

Cons: Built this machine using an AMD Phenom, 4 gigs of Mushkin Ram, a Maxtor sata drive (Wiped clean, then fresh install of Win 7 64), sata DVD/CD drive. Machine runs well, until it needs to be rebooted, then you get no video after the Win start screen.

The bios id page loads, then the win start logo loads, then the video drops out and you get a blank screen.

Tried updating to the latest bios to no avail.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We are sorry that you're experiencing this issue with the board. Please contact us at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/techserv.aspx and reference case number NE562356 so that we may get more details about your system configuration and assist you in resolving this issue.

Best Regards,

ASUS Support Team

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  • Lawrence L.
  • 10/31/2009 5:26:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood if you like headaches

Pros: When it works, great. The onboard video is what I was looking for, given I am using in a headless server.

Cons: 1st board: everything worked except onboard lan. Tried to upgrade bios using ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility in bios. Flash reported success, but board then would not post, no beeps, nothing. Did the usual remove battery, jumpers, nothing. RMA'd.

2nd board: everything worked, even onboard lan. Left on for 2 days, everything fine. Turned off. Next day, turned on (or tried to). Board dead - no beeps, no boot screen, nothing. The now usual jumper/remove battery procedure, nothing. Not even a chance to upgrade bios given no post. RMAing again. Hopefully 3rd times the charm.

Note: Query to ASUS about lan produced response that driver not included for WHS2003, suggesting I switch to XP/Vista/Win7. This even though Maximum PC magazine recommended this very board for use in a home server, an article I was following. And proof it does work was that the board, and lan, did work for 2 days, until I made the dire mistake of turning it off.

Other Thoughts: Using Athlon X2 245, socket am3, Corsair
DDR2 Dominator 1066 (2 x 1gb)

Board also provides a greater appreciation of buying a pre-built system.

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  • Francisco P.
  • 10/26/2009 9:13:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnlucky Board

Pros: None.

Cons: Bought this MOBO and found it to be DEAD ON ARRIVAL. The board's light would come on but no beep, no bleep... nothing! I removed the battery to clear the cmos overnight and nothing... I removed it and placed it on cardboard to ensure that the board was not shorting with the case... nothing. I RMA'd this baby and I am now waiting for the next one... I will flash the BIO if I get video this time.... wish me luck!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please let us know if we can assist in the RMA process by contacting us at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/usa_rmaserv.aspx

Best Regards,

ASUS Support Team

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  • Gayle F.
  • 10/26/2009 2:35:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBeware

Pros: Once (IF) you get it working, seems like a really nice board.

Cons: Bought a total of 4 M4A78 series boards. First 3 would only give a picture until you tried to change the BIOS settings. Then no more screen available. Emails and calls to ASUS only gave more frustration (must RMA, no one else is having this trouble, etc.). The troubleshooting steps recommended by them did not work. Finally in a fit of frustration I removed the CMOS battery and left it out overnight. Started it up and got a screen. Reset the BIOS and restarted--no picture. This time I took out the battery and left it out for about 15 minutes. I got a picture so I tried doing what some had suggested and updated the BIOS using the program in the BIOS. IT WORKED!! Now all 4 boards are working.

Other Thoughts: Good luck. Hopefully the board will work out of the box, but if it doesn't try the above.

Was using AM3 processors 945 and 955, 2 GB RAM.
Not sure what is happening at ASUS, but they don't seem quite up to the products that I have purchased over the last about 10 years--an average of over 100 boards a year. Customer service is way down, and reliability even more so. Hope they get back on track.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the negative experience that you had. If you need any further technical support, please contact our Technical Support Department at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/techserv.aspx for assistance.

Best Regards,

ASUS Support Team

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  • Brad D.
  • 10/23/2009 7:14:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: Does everything i need it too.
Game, Video, Music, Internet, Etc.
Everything worked out of the box, happy for that as always.

Cons: None for me, because when you shop for a MOBO you get exactly what you want, and nothing you don't witch is what i got.
You will not be playing Crysis on the intergrated, lets be claer on that, Plants Vs. Zombies, a PS2 emulator, WoW, thats about it.

Also, I found out that the DVI is a full digital DVI-D, a DVI to VGA adapter like you get with a video card will not fit, <diff sized pins> DVI-D you need a full digital monitor, it will not support VGA to my knowledge.

So if you were thinking Dual View in the intergrated, you would need 1 VGA and 1 Digital, not sure on VGA and HDMI, pretty sure HDMI is full digital.

Whatever the case, at least you know about the DVI-D.

Other Thoughts: If you get this board and a phenom Proc, BE AWARE you may need BIOS update.
It's so easy. get a floppy, or a USB drive. Go to:
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=EbXqq06yxpJwlABf&templete=2
>Downloads > OS > BIOS.
Get the latest BISO, put them on your floppy, usb drive.
Get everything else ready, OS disc USB drive, ECT.
During POST hit <ALT> <F2> to enter ASUS EZ Flash, navigate to your BIOS file, and it dose the rest.

If you can't get a POST, Clear CMOS, this can be done by moving the jumper or removing the battery <CAREFULLY!> for a few mins, power on again and be hitting <ALT> <F2> as you go, and hopefully you will POST into the EZ Flash before the CMOS farts on the Proc lol.

If still no post, well then, check cables, RAM seating, PSU, make sure the MOBO is not grounding out, try to be sure to POST with as little unnecessary hardware as possible.
AND GOOD LUCK!

Specs.
OCZ RAM
Phenom II X2 3.1 Black Ed.

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  • Andrei A.
  • 10/19/2009 9:28:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsflash me

Pros: -price
-supports AM3
-blue heatsinks look cool

Cons: says that it supports AM3 CPUs, doesn`t mention anywhere that it does so AFTER a BIOS update. mixed and matched parts for 2 hours when i got my 955. can be a real pain in the bottom.

Other Thoughts: great after you get the BIOS updates out of the way.

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  • Mike S.
  • 10/17/2009 11:43:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgreat while it worked

Pros: while it worked, it was dandy

Cons: after about 4 months the pci bus died out, making it almost useless. and the on board graphics stopped working also, like my motherboard hates me seeing my desktop or something.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please let us know if we can assist in the RMA process by contacting us at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/usa_rmaserv.aspx

Or, if you need further technical support, please contact our Technical Support Department at http://vip.asus.com/eservice/techserv.aspx

Best Regards,

ASUS Support Team

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