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ASUS A78M-A FM2+ AMD A78 (Bolton D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • AMD A78 (Bolton D3)
  • Athlon/A- Series (FM2+)
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2133/1866/1600/1333

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Stainless Steel Back I/O

3X More Durable Corrosion-Resistant Coating
ASUS motherboard back I/O panels are made from strong and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to enhance anti-corrosive properties. Passing 72-hour spray salt endurance tests, ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a usage life three times longer compared to ordinary panels.



Precise Power Control and Long-Lasting Stability
Voltage regulator modules (VRMs) are among the most essential motherboard components. A good VRM intelligently delivers APU power based on actual needs at any given time. ASUS was first with digital power design featuring faster sensing and response to deliver precise APU power on demand. This great accuracy reduces energy waste and of course improves system stability thanks to more consistent delivery.


High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid State Capacitors

2.5X Longer Lifespan with Excellent Durability
ASUS high-quality solid state capacitors assure a 5,000-hour lifespan, equivalent to 2.5 times longer than traditional capacitors. All capacitors pass testing under temperatures as high as 221°F (105°C) and meet Japanese industrial standards to provide excellent durability and enhanced thermal capacity.


New UEFI BIOS – Friendlier and More Intuitive

Exclusive EZ Mode Adds Useful Info to Become Even Easier
Media-renowned UEFI BIOS from ASUS provides the smoothest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS, and now features more intuitive functions to quickly take you to favorite BIOS pages and frequently-accessed settings through custom shortcuts. You can even write quick notes in-BIOS for future reference, view an activity log of setting changes and modifications, and rename SATA ports. EZ Mode has a whole new look, upgraded with extra-friendly capabilities like detailed fan controls, D.O.C.P. profile settings, SATA information, and fast clock adjustment. Together, these perfect your BIOS experience.


SATA Port Renaming

You can rename your SATA ports for easy identification, including by usage scenario. Get greater convenience and spend less time on finding the right devices when you want to change settings.

USB 3.0 Boost (UASP Support)

170% Faster Transfer Speeds than Traditional USB 3.0
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) in Windows 8. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction.

  • World's 1st USB 3.0 UASP Support – Instantly 170% faster.
  • Complete USB 3.0 Solution – Performance boost under Turbo Mode or UASP Mode for most USB devices.
  • Simple Plug and Boost – Auto detection design ensures best performance.

Network iControl

Real-Time Network Bandwidth Management
One click to prioritize network traffic for applications you're currently using or set up favorite profiles to run at specific times. Avoid network congestion, speed up downloading, and make sure online gaming runs optimized, all through an intuitive user interface.
A78M-A PCI Express 3.0

PCI Express 3.0 uses improved encoding that provides twice the performance of PCI Express 2.0. Total bandwidth for an x16 link reaches 32GBps, delivering unprecedented data speeds combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility.
A78M-A Complete USB 3.0 Integration

Double USB Access, Double the Convenience
ASUS facilitates USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel. Experience the latest plug n play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Our motherboards afford greater convenience with high speed connectivity.
A78M-A SATA 6.0GBps

Twice the speed
ASUS provides SATA 6.0GBps ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of SATA 3GBps.
A78M-A Q-Slot

Effortless PCI Express Component Removal
Press the Q-Slot clip lightly, and graphics cards just pop out. The large winged clip is easy to reach so you don't have to struggle with installing or removing even the biggest graphics cards.
ASUS Boot Setting

Multiple Startup Options
Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PC's startup process. You can shorten system boot-up time to two-seconds* for a smoother user experience under Windows 8, and even previous versions of Windows. Also, you can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select your preferred system boot up method: either get to the OS in seconds or opt for regular boot up. Whatever your choice, settings are saved and persistent, with no need to choose every time you power on.
AI Suite 3

One-Stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features
ASUS AI Suite 3 offers a brand new user experience through a clearer and more attractive interface with support for larger monitors. It consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package, allowing you to supervise overclocking, energy consumption, fan speeds, voltages and more. This all-in-one app offers diverse and easy to use functionality, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.


All-Round Energy Efficiency
Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through the AI Suite 3 utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. It can manually switch to Away Mode, so that you can download and stream content or backup data when away from your PC, which minimizes power draw to save money, creating a more efficient PC.

A78M-A Fan Xpert

Dedicated CPU and Case Fan Controls
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust CPU and case fan speeds according to different ambient temperatures in diverse climate conditions and locations, as well as actual PC loading. Various preset fan performance profiles offer flexible fan speed controls to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
AMD® Dual Graphics Technology

AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics is an exclusive technology only available to AMD platforms. It allows AMD APUs and selected AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 series graphics cards to work together, delivering an unrivalled 3D gaming graphics quality and performance. By combining both the discrete and integrated graphics processors, gamers can now enjoy faster and smoother frame rates on any latest gaming titles.

A78M-A AMD® A-Series Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ R Series Graphics

This motherboard fully supports the latest AMD Socket FM2+ Kaveri APUs with AMD Radeon™ R series graphics and retains compatibility with AMD Socket FM2 (Richland and Trinity) APUs. AMD Socket FM2+ APUs support Microsoft® DirectX 11.1 for incredibly fast and smooth graphics, native PCI Express 3.0 for full-speed expansion and 4K resolutions via HDMI and DisplayPort connections.
A78M-A AMD® A78 FCH (Bolton D3)

AMD® A78 FCH (Bolton D3) is designed to support up to 5GTps interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 graphics. It natively supports 6 x SATA 6GBps ports and 4 x USB 3.0 Ports

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the ASUS A78M-A

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  • Brandon M.
  • 1/12/2016 8:35:49 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcelent Motherboard

Pros: Great tools and software. Installation was smooth and it came with more than enough SATA cables

Cons: None that I had!

Other Thoughts: Recommended highly for APU builds

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/26/2015 12:48:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgood while it worked

Pros: worked good, nice board

Cons: died after 8 months i shut it off after playing a few games turned it back on a day after and fans spin mother board light comes on but wont post checked everything in a different computer cpu and memory and hd works video card works also... but board just wont go into post..cleared cmos even pulled battery for 5 mins and still nothing no beeps with or without memory. power supply is good i had it checked glad it wasnt a top dollar board

Other Thoughts: says it has a 3 year warranty i will check into it and see how good it is

Manufacturer Response:

Dear William,

I am sorry to hear that your motherboard died after 8 months. And, yes it is true that we offer 3 year warranty on our motherboards. You can submit an RMA and have it replaced at If you need any further assistance, feel free to contact me at and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150888848

Thanks for choosing ASUS

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Daniel P.
  • 6/14/2015 8:52:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsInexpensive and decent

Pros: Low Cost
6 SATA ports
Fast ram speeds
Can handle a decent CPU

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: I built a pretty decent little machine for under $400:
AMD A8-7600 Kaveri Quad-Core 3.1GHz
G-Skill Ripjaws X Series 1866 F3-14900CL8D-8GBXM
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D
DIYPC MA08-BK Mini tower
Kingston SSDNow v300 120G x2

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  • Rebecca B.
  • 6/1/2015 9:21:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for budget but...

Pros: Inexpensive, has a lot of sata ports, easy bios, fast start up

Cons: only FM2+ (which is quickly getting outdated) and getting dedicated GPU is pointless if the CPU you buy has an APU, or so the folks on /r/pcmasterrace from reddit tell me.

Other Thoughts: Nothing wrong with this board except it's FM2+ - I could have spent $30 more and gotten an intel chipset instead, which, I will be doing, but now I'm out money from this board.

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  • 2/23/2015 10:53:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: ASUS used to be the brand of choice

Cons: I went through the trouble shooting list to try and find out why my motherboard wasn't powering on, but it came down to a bad board, I bought it on sale but by the time I got all the other components, the 30 day return was gone, that is the last time I buy my pc in pieces, buy everything at once, that way if something don't work, you got time to send it back

Other Thoughts: don't piece mill your pc together, get your parts all at once, I tried to go the cheap route and buy a part here and there when it came on sale, now I am going to spend even more money in the long run to get this pc running, I think I am going to go with another brand next time

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  • Carl M.
  • 2/23/2015 6:58:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTotal JUNK

Pros: Absolutely none.

Cons: The entire experience. Double check with the ASUS website and make sure that your processor is 100% compatible with the BIOS before you buy this board. I too ordered the 860k which ASUS customer support stated they supported; but failed to inform me with the updated 1001 BIOS; not the 0208. So... one of their support members informed me that I could order the upgraded BIOS chip and sent me the link. Well, it was the incorrect chip - in fact, when I phoned the estore, they stated they do not support the upgraded chip for this motherboard. They are issuing me a refund.

Other Thoughts: Logon to the ASUS website and make sure your AMD processor is supported by the OLD BIOS of this board, not the new. If it isn't supported, you have to send the board back to ASUS for a fee and have them upgrade it, or buy a compatible processor with the 0208 BIOS, upgrade it, then switch to the processor you want - in my case, an 860k. Or, if you're lucky enough, you may have a friend that has a compatible processor you can borrow.

Don't respond to this ASUS; don't tell me your sorry or any of the rest of that tip-toe mushy make the customer happy lingo. I am DONE with you. You've lost me as a customer, and everyone else I will be building a computer for in the future...

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  • Kyler B.
  • 2/10/2015 10:55:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOutdated BIOS, unusable menus

Pros: Cheap, mostly works once BIOS is updated.

Cons: 860k will not work without update to BIOS. Had to use a different CPU to update.

Can't use BIOS screens properly as the menus are cut off. No display mode changes I made enabled me to see the menu items that were off screen. Had to blindly hit menu buttons to reach certain options.

Other Thoughts: Companies need to do critical BIOS updates on their products before shipping them.

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  • Adrian A.
  • 2/6/2015 11:46:00 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDid I buy a new motherboard or a returned one?

Pros: No comments

Cons: I bought this motherboard as new in a combo, the order came from different places (I don't know why) the motherboard came with no back plate and no screws, no MOBO speakers are found in the package.

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  • Andrew V.
  • 2/5/2015 6:44:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat buy for the price!

Pros: Great mobo all around. Love the 4 ram slots on a micro. Performs as good as I could have hoped.

Cons: Didnt come with any drivers. Had to manually download and install all of them using Driver Identifier (Fantastic program if you havent tried it).

Can't crossfire the APU with the onboard graphics. Something I was hoping to try. Maybe you can and I just haven't figured it out yet but they don't make it easy if you can.

Can't seem to find any working fix to the usb 3.0 problem I am encountering. I plug my USB devices into the usb 3.0 receptor, the computer detects that something has been plugged in, but it wont allow me to access the media drives I plug in nor will it list what device has been plugged in. Also, it continually makes the dun dun sound from when you plug in a device. Not a big deal since I don't really use USB 3.0 slots, but this would be a downer for someone who needed them.

Other Thoughts: The audio connector on the mobo doesnt match that of the standard case female component. I had to jerry rig it to get the onboard audio to work, though since it works, i don't consider it a con.

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  • JAMES M.
  • 1/31/2015 7:38:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFrustrating

Pros: It sort of works now.

Cons: When I got this it came with the original BIOS version which did not support my processor. I had to borrow my sister in law's processor to update the BIOS. Just when I finally had the rig set up with a nice SSD RAID 0 the thing started bluescreening once every day on the fist start up. 1 month ago, they came out with an even newer BIOS which claimed greater compatibility with my processor. It still bluescreens once a day.... I've tried breaking my raid and reinstalling windows. I check every day for the latest drivers and all that. I've tested all of my other components and am just left with my third faulty ASUS product.

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