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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.


M5A78L-M/USB3
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.


M5A78L-M/USB3
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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  • Dennis H.
  • 5/1/2016 9:05:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Great Motherboard. Running amd fx8350 with xfx r9 280x . Easy to install

Cons: Cd drivers needs to be updated for windows 10. But you can go to amd website and download the drivers. Also no usb 3.0 header> have to buy a usb 3.0 card with the header onboard

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  • David D.
  • 4/12/2016 1:48:20 PM

1 out of 5 eggsGood except not ready for Windows 10

Pros: Motherboard is solid, works very well for me.

Cons: A MAJOR DRAWBACK!! The chipset CD was 'incompatible with this operating system' (Windows 10). Why is anyone buying this motherboard? On the ASUS web page I finally (!) found drivers for LAN and audio, but I never did find a Win10 driver for video. That's unforgivable!

Fortunately, I remembered I had an XFX PCI Express video card which I bought 6-7 years ago and never used. I quickly found a Windows 10 driver on the XFX web page, and it worked just the first time. I will never buy another ASUS motherboard!!

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this motherboard for anyone.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to share your ASUS experience. I apologize for any inconvenience this experience has caused. Please make sure to download and install the latest Chipset drivers for your motherboard Version 8.0.877.0&8.0.903.0. You can locate the most recent System drivers on our Online ASUS Help Desk: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/M5A97_LE_R20/HelpDesk_Download/. If you need further technical information, feel free to contact me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support

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  • Daniel M.
  • 4/8/2016 4:23:07 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2.5 years no issues

Pros: - functional for 2.5 years
- installed easily

Cons: - none.

Other Thoughts: - Haven't tweaked or tried overclocking.
- CPU: FX-6350
- Memory: F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH

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  • James R.
  • 3/23/2016 6:42:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggstotal piece of C**p

Pros: none

Cons: bios is a big problem. Doesn't want to open most times, and when it does open, the first keystroke causes the computer to "hang"(even the clock display in bios stops!) requiring a re-boot. I've re-installed the battery, cleared the CMOS, and even replaced the computer power supply(don't ask me why!) Thus the rating and title comment.

Other Thoughts: Asus are usually pretty good boards, I don't get it! Only gave it one EGG because it didn't set my house on fire!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to inform us on your ASUS experience. I'm sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing during boot up. please Download UEFI build Version (2101) and extract the file to a fat formatted usb stick. Then navigate in bios to the tools menu and use the EZflash utility to do the flash. Let your system update the firmware as needed. Do not power down even if your system sits with a blank screen for 10 minutes or so. When updating your UEFI please make sure to wait for the firmware to update after the board restarts following the flash. This can take a couple of minutes after the board restarts. The board should be left alone during this process. If you need assistance with any technical questions or general inquires, please make sure to contact me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty - US Support

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  • Shawn A.
  • 3/12/2016 7:44:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks for my HTPC.

Pros: Has HDMI and On board Gpu.
has UEFI Bios.
Wins 8.1 took care of all the drivers from me.
Works with the Athlon II x3 425 processor.

Cons: Only thing I didn't like is that the VMR didn't come with a heat sink, but that not too common on enthusiasts boards.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/9/2016 6:09:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: - Worked OTB
- Quick and simple setup
- USB 3.0

Cons: - CPU and chassis fans not controlled by mobo, they're always-on full bore. No BIOS options.

Other Thoughts: Really stable board. No complaints, good-to-go so far.

- AMD FX-6300
- Ripjaw Z series 1866
- SanDisk Ultra II
- Solid Gear 500W

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  • Chris C.
  • 3/8/2016 6:10:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Board/Bad one

Pros: -holds up to 4 ddr3 dimms
-still does it job with its good am3+ chipset

Cons: -Drivers have to be downloaded off website for windows 8 and above
-programs on cd are mostly for windows vista??? what?

Other Thoughts: -update the disc in the box please

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASUS Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to write this informative review on your ASUS experience. I'm sorry to hear about the issues you have encountered in regards to the outdated driver CD that comes with your motherboard. Please visit https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/M5A78LMUSB3/HelpDesk/. We definitely appreciate your feedback on this matter and I will be letting the related department know about the issues you are experiencing for continuous improvements to ASUS Support. If you need a help with any technical questions or general inquiries you can reach me at cl-nestor@asus.com.


Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support

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  • John N.
  • 2/13/2016 2:59:03 PM
  • 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: None. Main Board just works.

We do have a problem with the complete workstation setup in that there is no sound, HOWEVER even though ASUS said this was the fault of the main board and that drivers for Windows 10 would eventually be provided, the problem is in fact due to the ASUS VS228H-P monitors: even though they say they have sound and even though they have a volume adjustment, there is no sound output device, i.e.speakers, in the monitors. There is however a headphone jack on the back, and sound does come out that jack.

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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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