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ASUS M3A76-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 760G
  • Phenom FX / Phenom / Athlon / Sempron
  • DDR2 1066

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Elizabeth Z.
  • 5/28/2013 4:28:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOK board

Pros: When it works, it works great. I never had any trouble other than what is listed below.

Cons: USB port shorted out.

Other Thoughts: From the day that my computer was assembled, I was never able to do a basic restart and have my system come up completely. In startup, the BIOS would give a lengthy error regarding USBs, and give 15 seconds (not enough time to read the entire message) before shutting down. Given about 10-15 minutes to sit, powering on the computer would work fine. I did not think that this was too big an issue, and so I did not report anything wrong with the product. Now, my system is having an issue that causes the computer to shut down unexpectedly, and when I could not diagnose the cause myself, I took the unit to some local computer experts who were able to tell me that there is a USB port that is shorting out, causing the entire motherboard to fail and shut down. Because there is no way to disable the USB ports, my computer is rendered useless. Because of the age of the motherboard, this subsequently means that I am effectively required to rebuild my entire system from scratch, keeping only my video card and hard drive.

Maybe this is a case of "you get what you pay for," but I really thought ASUS could be held to a higher standard, particularly since the reviews were pretty positive. I've been a fan of their products for some time, but I don't believe that I would purchase another motherboard from this company.

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  • Chris D.
  • 12/4/2012 6:57:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid Board

Pros: Overall a great motherboard. I bought mine installed in a prebuilt cyberpower PC combo back in 2008, and this board is still running strong. Extremely stable platform to build off of.

Cons: Only two con's i can think of and they're not really cons.

One is that there aren't very many usb ports on this thing, and two is that when overclocking i had some stability issues, but that could either be the board, dimms, or the processor itself. I can't tell since i'm not at all experienced with overclocking and havent spent the hours needed to troubleshoot.

Other Thoughts: I would buy this board again and again if i needed a reliable board for a budget build. This board has been removed from my case twice, had two seperate graphics cards shoved into it, numerous HDDs and Optical drives plugged and unplugged, RAM sticks replaced, and a heavy heat sink hanging off it for the better part of a year. As far as tinkering i've put this board through it's paces and been more rough with it than one should ever be with a mobo, and it's still kicking like a mule. Great Board.

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  • 3/8/2010 7:43:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING

Pros: Easy overclocking (only tried the CPU) has a nice "Overclock Profile" thing in BIOS. BIOS is simple, and easy to use. The 760G chipset can handle most anything i throw at it (Starcraft, Diabllo II, Pocket Tanks, etc.) It has only lagged once when i was creating a new map and i was filling in the whole map with a different terrain in Starcraft. It has many other feature that I won't use though, but still nice to have those options!

Cons: The CPU fan header is hard to get the cpu fan connector off but that may be the connector and that is just nitpicking. No floppy drive connector but i don't need one. Wish it had another IDE port but most don't so I won't drop an egg. Only Blue-screened once because i over clocked my CPU too far.

Other Thoughts: Didn't buy from Newegg, sadly, I went to a local store and it was WAYYYY over-priced ($82.00) but given the record on these maybe it was a good thing because it seems Newegg got a bad shipment of them.
Running it with:
Athlon II X2 250 Regor at 3.00 GHz per core (AM3)
1x WD 160 GB HDD (SATA)
1x Seagate Baracuda 160 GB (SATA)
1x Maxtor 120 GB (IDE)
1x LG DVD RW Reader and Writer (SATA)
1x PCI Modem
2x 4 GB OCZ Reaper RAM @800MHz
Windows 7 64-bit works flawlessly

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/19/2010 8:52:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood Price Point Board

Pros: BIOS is easy to access and upgrade, especially needed when installing a Sempron 140 processor. Boots up quickly with an IDE drive. The system definitely works well with the AMD Cool and Quiet function even with the stock Fan the CPU operated at 26c.

Cons: Doesn't have an IDE Floppy connector. Does not support ACC, even with the BIOS upgrade. This only cost this mobo 1 egg.

Haven't tried OC, but it will handle it very well, very few ASUS mobos don't.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this motherboard to replace an old Pentium 4 system. Using preexisting parts and memory, I was able to build a very solid machine.
AMD Sempron 140 2.7GHz processor
2-A-Data 1GB DDR2 6400
NVIDIA 7600GS/512mb
Sony 24x DVD ROM
Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

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  • Craig A.
  • 1/14/2010 1:03:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsNot a board for upgraders

Pros: Low price. Supports cheap, low-wattage Sempron 140 2.7 GHz CPU. Seems to work fairly well with XP Home.

Cons: No floppy connector on motherboard. Only one PS/2 connector on back panel. This means you must use a USB mouse with your PS/2 keyboard. Parallel and COM1 ports are not brought out to connectors on back panel. Internal cables must be used to bring those functions out to bracket connectors, taking up 1 or 2 of your expansion card slots. The internal cables are not included for the COM1 and LPT connectors. You have to buy them from CablesToGo. Only one SATA cable is included, so you need to buy a 2nd cable if you have a SATA DVD drive.

Other Thoughts: This is kind of a minimal board. I bought it to upgrade my Mom to a modern XP system (she was using a 266 MHz Win98 system). I didn't look closely at the features. I just assumed ASUS would include the "normal" things. I became more and more dismayed as I saw no floppy support (My Mom has a lot of stuff on floppies), and no built-in parallel port connector (she has an old Epson printer as her 2nd printer). I will have to buy her an external USB floppy.
For an upgrader, this is not the right board to get. I learned "Don't trust companies to automatically include all the traditional motherboard features". Look before you leap.

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  • Rihard H.
  • 12/29/2009 10:21:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSOLID

Pros: It is by far the most stable board I have ever owned it has been running 24/7 for 14 months with no issues, 10920 hours!! My computer has not been shutdown at all... running vista 64-bit, 8GB of ram, 7750 BE, HIS 1GB 4670 card, no issues ASUS is the absolute Best board maker in the world

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: BUY IT!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/21/2009 11:25:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Well organaized layout for small deployments, solid performance and peforms at specification.

Cons: Not fully 64-bit compliant drivers. RAID is not Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 (86, 64) compatible. As described before, you may attempt to slipstream the drivers into the installation but in my case that attempt failed. Windows Server 2008 (x64) and R2 are functioned for me with the RAID, again, other drivers were not (ie GPU, Chipset) compatible but do function under windows generics.

Express gate would halt the system on boot sometimes, with no settings in the BIOS or system altered. A power off and on would allow the system to continue to boot.

Other Thoughts: Be careful with the secure erase function in the RAID bios. I had some information on a disk and am required to wipe the disk before redeploying and attempted to use that instead of our software and it's very secure. Securely erased the data and cost me the disk. The disk became non-functional. The disk is detected by the BIOS and RAID bios and would even let me configure the RAID with it, but no OS installation would detect the drive in any configuration nor any operating machine could detect it via external or internal means.

I recommend this board even in mission critical deployments unless you function at Server 2003 with redundancy required built in (RAID). A PCI RAID card would easily circumvent that fault.

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  • Regis S.
  • 12/14/2009 6:19:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood deal

Pros: I've had it for six months now using 2x2GB of Crucial memory. The board does take ECC memory, which I forgot to get, alas. No issues at all.

Cons: Fan on my AM2 processor doesn't slow down-- runs at full speed

Other Thoughts: Debian Lenny; Radeonfb with software acceleration for Xorg

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  • Austin F.
  • 11/23/2009 9:50:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing board

Pros: One of the most solid boards I have had the pleasure of fastening to a chasis. It just felt right, capacitors well placed for any mobo, especially one this size. Everything you could want from a full ATX board is here, minus some PCI slots of course.

Cons: What a dumb idea to not include 2 PS/2 ports. I like PS/2, alot of users carry over their old reliable keyboards and mice. ASUS needs to include that second port, thats my only gripe and it cost the board an egg.

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  • Nicholas W.
  • 11/17/2009 11:12:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsgreat board for the price

Pros: good solid board got mine open box for 41 bucks which was great for my budget build. Overclocks my athlon II x2 240 to 3.2ghz with no problems (not really pushing it) has 4 ram slots

Cons: only 2 pci slots and they are very close to the pci-e x16 2.0 slot so my hd4850 takes over one and that only leaves me with one more and its being used by a wireless card and its still pretty close to my video card which i feel isnt getting the best air flow because of this. No acc for overclocking

Other Thoughts: no accessories with open box

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