$/Performance: couldn't be happier!4/27/2008 7:26:01 PM

Pros: Bought a 780G motherboard but wanted to have a bit better graphics engine so I purchased this. I am very happy with it. I am not a heavy gamer, but I do like to have very high quality graphics on the strategy/adventure games I play. I like the great construction and the ability for it to overclock so easily. OC'd with the supplied software just to try it out and it was stable with no problems with about a 15% jump in GPU and memory frequency. I didn't try it any further than that and just returned it to normal settings. Windows Vista performance for Aero = 5.9 (highest rating), for 3D games rating 5.2 (@ stock settings).

Cons: The card runs quite hot. ASUS "Smart Doctor" reporting ~43°C at idle with the case open. I know these graphics engines are designed to run a lot hotter than that but I didn't like the thought of it pumping heat into my case so I added a fan (similar to Dynatron DB1206SPG PCI Slot Case Cooler) which draws air through the massive heat sink and it dropped the temperature to 29°C at idle. Can only imagine how effective it will be under load.

Overall Review: Love Asus products, love Neweggs delivery times and prices. Asus M3A-H/HDMI MB, CPU = 5000+ BE, Zalman CNPS8700 CPU cooler, 4 GB G. Skill (2 x 2 GB), 2 x WD 320 GB RE2 HD, 20x Samsung DVD-R with LightScibe, Windows Vista Ultimate (32 bit, so... yeah I know, it only recognizes ~ 3 GB of my RAM).

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LOVE IT!!!4/27/2008 6:41:14 PM

Pros: It is all I need in a motherboard. The layout is very nice and tidy. The onboard sound works great for the games I have played so far and the movie I tried out. Windows Vista Ultimate did some funky stuff to start but after it got going it installed very quickly. The drivers on the CD work fine for graphics, sound and network device. Typical great ASUS install. I am very happy with this purchase. I am using an ASUS EAH 3650 silent graphics card (has 512 MB DDR3 memory on it) with this MB.

Cons: I tried to get two identical WD 320 GB hard drives to run in RAID. Wanted it for data security, not striping. Created a driver disk to use during WIndows intall, configured in Bios and afterward, but in the end it was a no go. I could have done some more research online but I just decided to let Vista do automatic back ups from one disc to the other.

Overall Review: Other than the RAID issue everything went without a hitch... not like the other 780G based system (other MB manufacturer) I assembled for a friend, where I had to jump through a lot of hoops to get the sound working correctly. Have 4 MB G.Skill, Tt 500 w Pure Power PSU. The seperate graphics card runs hot, added a fan to draw air through it and exhaust out an open back port and it dropped the GPU temp in idle from 43° to 29°C.

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