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ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 770
  • Phenom II / Athlon X4 / Athlon X3 / Athlon X2 / Phenom X4 / Phenom X3 / Athlon / Sempron
  • DDR2 1066*/800/667
  • * Due to AMD CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+/AM3 CPU for one D
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Boasting the new AMD AM3 socket, the Asus M4A78 allows you to elevate your rig beyond the standard limits with support for the next-generation 45nm AMD Phenom II processors. The board is able to reach memory speeds up to 1066 MHz for blazing fast memory access for today’s latest applications and games. A pair of PCI-Express 2.0 x16 cards can be mounted for cutting-edge graphic power with support for CrossFireX.

Besides the 2 PCI-Express 2.0 x16 lanes for the CrossFireX video, there is also a PCI-Express x1 and 3 PCI slots providing the flexibility for further system enhancements. Storage won't be a problem with 1-PATA connector plus 5-SATA connectors. Asus Turbo Key transforms the PC power button into a physical overclocking button. After easy setup, Turbo Key can boost performance anytime you like, without interrupting on-going work or games.

With current trends leaning towards green tech and energy savings, this board adopts the brand new 8+1 phase VRM power design to deliver improved energy efficiency, dramatically lower system temperature, and enhanced stability for overclocking. Furthermore, the Asus exclusive EPU (Energy Processing Unit) technology provides total power system efficiency by detecting current loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time, helping save power and money.

  • newegg Socket AM3 Processor Support Based on the AMD 770 chipset, the Asus M4A78 Plus supports the latest-generation AMD Socket AM3 processors including the AMD Phenom II X3 and AMD Phenom II X4 processor, as well as AM2 and AM2+ processors including the AMD Phenom, AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron series.
  • newegg ATi CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology Support ATi CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform, enabling two or more discrete graphics processors to work together for boosted system performance and a breakthrough gaming experience.
  • newegg SATA II with RAID Support The second generation SATA interface delivers up to 300MB/sec transfer speed, doubling that of the first generation Serial ATA. The on-board five SATA II ports support RAID 0, 1, 10 and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security, and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity The Asus M4A78 Plus features a fast Gigabit network interface for high-speed LAN connections at up to 1000Mb/s data transfer rates with advanced security features to ward off malicious attacks. Gigabit LAN is ideal for supercharged seamless streaming of Internet audio and video content.
  • newegg Asus EZ Flash 2 With Asus EZ Flash 2, simply press the pre-defined hotkey to launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.
  • newegg Power Efficiency Asus exclusive EPU (Energy Processing Unit) technology digitally monitors the CPU power and intelligently scales power up and down according to the work load for extreme energy efficiency.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Caz C.
  • 4/16/2014 9:46:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMember since 2009

Pros: Have had this board running games and VMware machines and have never had a problem for the past 5 years.
-Games run smooth still. Have updated everything from video cards, hd-SSD, and sound card and still have had no problems

Cons: None what-so-ever

Other Thoughts: Pretty sweet and solid board, still chuggin along after 5 years of solid use.

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  • Mark U.
  • 2/8/2014 12:21:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Mobo

Pros: I have had this Mobo since 2009 and I am still using it to this day This mobo has been through hell and back and is still going strong

Cons: To this day it still refuses to do my house cleaning

Other Thoughts: N/A

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  • Peter H.
  • 11/8/2013 7:54:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI like it

Pros: Basically plug and play. Wish it supported more RAM

Cons: Driver disc doesn't include Win7 drivers. Need to download these. Some of the mobo apps seemed to have trouble with WinXP-x64

Other Thoughts: A solid board. The rear connectors didn't line up well with my case, but I don't know if that's the mobo or the case.

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  • Jordan C.
  • 10/23/2013 3:18:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEpic

Pros: I bought this board in 2009 with the intention of using it in my gaming computer. 4 years later, this board still runs like a champ!! Not a single issue!

The most impressive part is....it has been running pretty much as a server board for almost 2 years now....I'm talking running 24-7.....

Cons: Runs like a champ

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  • Edward K.
  • 3/8/2013 12:56:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLike a rock !

Pros: TO THIS DATE it has been running steady, NO problems at all.

It is in my wife's worstation rig. She is a graphic artist, Quadro FX 4600 card.

Stable.

Cons: No cons. One of the best boards I ever used.

Other Thoughts: They don't make em like this anymore.

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  • Roberto H.
  • 7/13/2011 2:32:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Satisfied

Pros: Plenty of USB slots, Sata Ports, Works Fast, love the 4 DDR2 Slots and the number of extra PCI slots it has.

Cons: just no video, and whatever you do. DO NOT UPDATE THE BIOS!

Other Thoughts: When I updated the BIOS downloaded from the asus website, things got very bad and at some point I couldnt get into bios and the CD that comes with it says the BIOS is too old for that motherboard...But I called ASUS and they did not hesitate to give me a replacement and that replacement came in fast! So I'm really satisfied with this product and ASUS.

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  • Stephen C.
  • 3/5/2011 7:18:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect mobo

Pros: I have owned this Mobo for more than a year now and i can tell you this Mobo runs flawless. Great investment on my part. I love this mobo.

Cons: I wish i would had waited for a mobo with usb 3.0.

Other Thoughts: If your see this used and are wondering weather to buy this , buy it. Everything you would ever want in a mobo.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/22/2011 5:27:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill works great

Pros: Baught June 2009, still works Great.
Everything works as it should.

Cons: None, I love this board.

Other Thoughts: When I was shopping for a CPU Upgrade I think I remember it saying it only suports up to a 95W CPU, but I don't see that anywhere now, it may have said that in the book.

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  • Matthew D.
  • 1/13/2011 7:37:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor Support!

Pros: Worked for a little over a year and a half.

Cons: Asus tech support wasn't helpful to figure out a problem with their product. I called because after a year and a half the board's storage controller seem to have failed. They had me RMA it, with out much troubleshooting. I received it 4 weeks later. After I hooked it all up, I found the board would not produce any video through the pci-e/pci slot graphics cards. I called them again, they couldn't understand my problem now. So, they gave me another RMA #. I asked for advanced placement, but they said there weren't any in stock. My recent experience with Asus tech support was unsatisfactory; in my opinion, their support, so far, was inexperience, slow, and counter productive.

Other Thoughts: I have dealt with Asus support before, both personally and through business. I have never had such a poor experience with Asus until recently

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  • Kyle B.
  • 12/27/2010 9:34:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEven for the price, It aint that great.

Pros: -A ton of USB 2.0 ports
-Nice splash screen to hide POST
-Good power management
-Has ESata
-Handles many generations of AMD processors
-the Onboard 7.1 sound is quite good

Cons: -The Esata port behaves like a regular sata port. You cannot, for example, plug in an external drive while the computer is on. It will not be recognized unless you reboot with the drive plugged in and turned on. For a long time I thought that the port just flat out didn't work until I tested it in the bios randomly one day. They don't give any mention of this in the manual.
-Several of the USB ports aren't independent. They are basically split/shared which causes a loss of optimal performance amongst peripherals
-Onboard sound does sound nice, though there isn't an option for headphones. Also, a couple of the audio ports are mixed up and you have to be looking at the device setting so too exactly what you're plugging into.
-ASUS discontinued this almost as soon as it came out... You can find support in their legacy section but be ready for a hunt because it aint easy to find.

Other Thoughts: Don't understand the limitation on RAM speed. Really, I don't. And neither does ASUS' tech support. (Not a con, because tech support. derp.)

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