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ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI uATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 760G + SB710
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2000*(*O.C.)/ 1866*/ 1800*/ 1600*/ 1333/ 1066

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M5A78L-M/USB3

ASUS M5A78L-M / USB 3.0


Dual-Channel DDR3 2000 (O.C.) support

The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2000 (O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) / 1800 (O.C.) / 1600 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.

M5A78L-M/USB3
ErP Ready

The motherboard is European Union's Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumption. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate its environmental impact.


M5A78L-M/USB3
EZ-Flash 2

Simply Update BIOS from a USB Flash Disk Before Entering the OS
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply 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.


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CrashFree BIOS 3

Simply Restore Corrupted BIOS Data From USB Flash Disk
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.


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Eight-Channel High Definition Audio

The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output and jack-detect feature that automatically detects and identifies what types of peripherals are plugged into the audio I/O jacks and notifies users of inappropriate connection, which means there will be no more confusion of Line-in, Line-out, and Mic jacks.


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Core Unlocker

Unleash True Core Performance Intelligently

ASUS Core Unlocker simplifies the activation of a latent AMD® CPU - with just a simply key. Enjoy an instant performance boost by simply unlocking the extra cores, without performing complicated BIOS changes.


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EPU

System Level Energy Saving

The ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) provides total system power management by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power usage for critical PC components in real-time–helping save power and money!


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Turbo Key

ASUS Turbo Key allows the user to turn the PC power button into a physical overclocking button. After the easy setup, Turbo Key can boost performances without interrupting ongoing work or games - with just one touch!!

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ASUS Anti-Surge Protection

Anti-Surge Protection Design detects overvoltage conditions and prevents voltage surges from spreading in real time. It also actively cuts off the overvoltage supply to protect the system.
1. Real-time over voltage detection.
2. Active protection against potential damage to your motherboards and systems.


M5A78L-M/USB3
CPU Parameter Recall (C.P.R.)

The BIOS C.P.R. feature automatically restores the CPU default settings when the system hangs due to overclocking failure. C.P.R. eliminates the need to open the system chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply shut down and reboot the system, and the BIOS automatically restores the CPU parameters to their default settings.


M5A78L-M/USB3
AMD® FX™ / Phenom™II / Athlon™II / Sempron™ 100 Series Processors

This motherboard supports AMD® AM3+multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MTps via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the new 32nm manufacturing process.



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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • John N.
  • 2/8/2016 11:32:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 not compatible with Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and later

Pros: My Public Charity bought 8 of these with our upgrade grant money: we bought ASUS screens and ASUS DVDs to go with them. They *mostly* work, and in the 30 plus years that I have assembled computers these went together painlessly with the other components. They do state that they are USB3 boards, but there is no USB3 header on the main board, although there are two USB3 jacks on the rear panel. This caused us an additional expense of $5 per computer ($40) for adapters, which (happily) Another Vendor had in our hands before all the other parts arrived. Two (2) of these came from Another Vendor and six (6) from NewEgg via packages selected by their "CPU AMD 6-CORE FX-6300 3.5G 8M R Configurator": all have the same problem.

Cons: There is one really MAJOR PROBLEM in that the on-board (embedded) sound does not work in modern operating systems, such as Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, or in Linux Mint / MATE: in other words they are a year obsolete now. This is a drastically serious defect which would have caused me to select another main board, and when I contacted ASUS their position was not that they would replace the defective boards, or supply a sound board that would fix the problem so sound would properly come out the HDMI display port, rather they said to go buy 8 of their ASUS XONAR sound boards at the public charities' expense. Asking the chat representative if this would send the sound to the HDMI Display was answered by silence (crickets). Prompting again (after 5 minutes of no answer) he said the public charity would just have to be patient and maybe ASUS engineers would eventually make a Window 10 driver for their hardware.

Other Thoughts: These boards cannot be used for some of the government training programs that we rely on to get people off welfare and into unsubsidized employment because audio is required. Our old computers have already been placed with another struggling local public charity.

It is bad enough when a private individual gets burned this way: private individuals can usually recover with minor chagrin: but when a public charity which relies on scarce grant funding to help the poorest and most desperate people in their community is snubbed by the manufacturer, it may be reason for the public to reconsider any purchase of any of their products.

At a very minimum the product should have been clearly labeled that is it not fully usable with current computer software, or pulled from the shelves. The proper response by ASUS should have been to make the situation right, by providing drivers that do work, hardware that does work, or a sound card for each main board that will solve the problem: it was very wrong of ASUS to refuse to correct the design defect in their product and push the burden of their errors onto a struggling public charity.

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  • Edward I.
  • 2/2/2016 11:30:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value and great performance!

Pros: Easy install. Intuitive Bios which makes it all easy!

Cons: Perhaps a clearer diagram on the utility pin set up
Also, perhaps some Linux drivers to use the apps provided with the board.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this along with an AMD FX 8300 Vishera processor for an HTPC build. Everything went flawlessly. Performs great and the on-board video works fine with my KODI setup. Thus, although I am going to add a card, I was able to set up my KODI parameters using just the on-board video.
So far so good.

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  • Kyle A.
  • 1/29/2016 11:09:20 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing power for its price

Pros: For the price I got this at, it's a great deal. I love how this supports up to six SATA devices, in addition to multiple USB ports and other options. I have it running my 24x7 ESXi server, and it's never had issues.

Cons: I know the SATA connections are limited to 3.0 instead of 6.0, but I never see performance issues related to that.

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  • Stephen N.
  • 1/16/2016 1:45:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmy old x3 445 has been rezerected after old MB's SATA controller died.

Pros: Better board than failed one

Cons: none

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/4/2016 4:48:50 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard for the price

Pros: - Price
- Easy to use BIOS
- Size

Cons: - Not fully compatible with Windows 10.
- No USB 3.0 terminal for front of case (Tower)

Other Thoughts: As some other have stated support for the graphics chip on this board was dropped by AMD/ATI with Windows 8 and along with that Windows 10. Drivers are not available from AMD or ASUS. Windows updates will find and install the driver but if you have a bigger widescreen monitor it will underscan (no use the whole screen) even at 1920x1080. Possible to fix with a registry edit. Also with Windows 10 there are no HDMI audio drivers, so the HDMI out will not carry sound to a monitor or TV. Of course if using with a standalone GPU, you will not see these issues.

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  • Darol D.
  • 1/1/2016 4:40:55 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSeems like a nice board

Pros: Board has all the connectors and features I wanted and the price is good. Might have been happy with this on Windows 7.

Cons: This board has a built in Radean ATI 3000 chip. There is no Windows 10 support for it. Not on Asus's website, not on AMD or ATI or Microsoft. Display looks like carp with the default generic driver. 4:3 ratios with a modern HDMI monitor 16:9 ratios.

Other Thoughts: If you want Windows 10, move along. Neither Asus, AMD, nor Microsoft have a driver for it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/30/2015 4:04:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMD=Asus Mucho Dependable

Pros: Price
Good Layout
Easy Bios Update

Cons: None at this price with Rebate

Other Thoughts: I immediately updated Bios at Asus web site: http://www.asus.com/US/Motherboards/M5A78LMUSB3/HelpDesk_Download/
I believe many of problems cited in other reviews solved by Bios update. Coupled this mobo with AMD FX 8350, impressed by
solid fast, trouble free performance. Using Linux Korora OS.......very fast. Don't forget to update Bios.

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  • Patrick L.
  • 12/22/2015 11:36:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Tech Support

Pros: This was the first time I build a computer from ground up. I had so much trouble with keeping the computer not hanging up from time to time. I had to replace components one at a time to try to fix the problem. Out of desperation, I called the tech support at ASUS. They are friendly and helpful. They pointed to a couple of changes and solved the problem. I was so relieved that ASUS team was there to help at the darkest hour

Cons: None

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  • Reuben B.
  • 12/21/2015 4:05:46 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs2 good years of service

Pros: - Worked great for my DVR box.
- Has 3 year warranty.

Cons: - Died after 2 years by capacitor failure.
- Only has 2 USB 3 ports at the back, no option to have front panel usb 3 ports.

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  • Kenneth R.
  • 12/17/2015 11:20:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS MA78L

Pros: Had to replace my brothers HP Envy Motherboard with this Asus one. Fit right in and i can tell it better quality then the HP Board, a lot of SATA ports and USB 3.0. Works good with the new 500w Power supply. with AMD FX 6330 6 core Chip. Good UATX Board

Cons: The 12v rail when on backwards but that may be just the power supply

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