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ASUS M3A78-EM AMD 780G mATX AM2+ PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI SATA HDMI Video Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard

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31724
   Shipping Weight:   2.6 lbs
   Part #: M3A78-EM

Features    [ Edit | History ]
Features:

M3A78-EM Desktop Board supports AMD Socket AM2+ multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR2 1066 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport 3.0 based system bus.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • M3A78-EM Desktop Board
  • UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
  • FDD cable
  • SATA cables
  • SATA power cables
  • User's manual
  • 2 in 1 Q-connector
  • Support Disc
Maximum Memory 8 GB
S/PDIF Yes
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Form Factor Micro ATX
Processor Supported Phenom FX Phenom Athlon Sempron
RAID Levels 0 1 1+0
Total Processor Supported 1
Controller Type Floppy Controller Serial ATA/300 Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Processor Socket Socket AM2+ PGA-940
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Processor Technology HyperTransport Technology
Memory Standard DDR2-1066/PC2-8500 DDR2-800/PC2-6400 DDR2-667/PC2-5300
Width 9.6"
Depth 9.6"
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS
64-bit Processing Yes
Chipset Manufacturer AMD
Chipset Model 780G
Number of Memory Slots 4
Number of PCI Slots 2
Multi GPU Supported CrossFireX
Graphics Controller Manufacturer ATI
Graphics Controller Model HD 3200
Graphics Controller Memory 256 MB
Audio Channels 7.1
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Number of IDE Interfaces 1
Number of SATA Interfaces 6
Number of PCI Express x1 Slots 1
Onboard Video On-board Video Chipset
HyperTransport Speed 2600 MHz 1000 MHz 800 MHz
RAID Supported Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots 4
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 1
HDMI Yes
DVI Yes
VGA Yes
Network (RJ-45) Yes
DisplayPort Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 6
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports 1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 3
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports 1
Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 2
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Customer Reviews of (ASUS M3A78-EM)

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jlwright1966
01/28/13
Experience: 2 Years
Pros
nice compact board with all the video connections possible. a gr8 mediaboard
Cons
none
Summary
with a bios update  i am running a phenom 820 on this board and having no issues. running a mediacenter with win 7 and streaming netflix thru hdmi thru to samsung 42inch tv.
gr8 board

julie_w
06/06/12
Experience: 1 Months
Pros
Worked Without any problem on the first try, worth to buy it so far
Cons
For me the price is abit high but well it is the buyers decision to decide wether to buy or not.
Summary
I heard that this thing is not that great.but for more i really like it. I think it was what i wanted to be.

GeorgesCollombia
06/06/12
Experience: 1 Months
Pros
Worked Without any problem on the first try, worth to buy it so far
Cons
For me the price is abit high but well it is the buyers decision to decide wether to buy or not.
Summary
I heard that this thing is not that great.but for more i really like it. I think it was what i wanted to be.

Captain Spandex
02/23/10
Experience: 5 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Lots of interfaces like HDMI, DisplayPort, eSATA, ect. Supports AM2, AM2+ AND some AM3 (check Asus website for info).
Cons
Small if you've got a big video card (I've got a HD 5770). But that's mATX for yah...
Summary
Great motherboard with tons of options and abilities right out of the box. Great price too! Hybrid Crossfire is useless if you've got a higher-end card (as it does not work). Not sure how well it works otherwise, but I hear decent things.

Keith_H
02/04/10
Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
Loads of extras, great for HTPC
Cons
Documentation and advertising indicates it only supports AM2 & AM2+ CPUS.
Summary
Great motherboard for the price. Comes with loads of extra features: HDMI-out, fire-wire, dvi and VGA out. SPDIF, audio. Great for a cheap home theatre pc. Only supports AM2 & AM2+ CPU. Documentation and adveristing state this. ASUS website though does list supported AM3 cpus. I haven't tired any to know if it supports them.

Michael_G
01/09/10
Experience: 1 Months
Pros
Versatile board supporting a variety of older to new cpu's
Q Connector is a excellent addition ( I hope this becomes a standard ) Connector / headers for almost everything
Cons
None for me
Summary
I couldn't be more pleased with this board, easy install, 0 issues. Very stable. Asus has completely impressed me on this board.

Lance W
11/30/09
Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
Lots of features (eSATA, HDMI, DisplayPort, FireWire)
Very affordable
Decent onboard video
A lot of solid state caps
Cons
No VRM cooling
Tiny southbridge heatsink
Summary
For a budget mATX AM2/AM3 board with DDR2 support, this thing packs a sick amount of value. I got it for seventy bones with an another ten back via mail-in rebate and that got me 5 SATA ports, eSATA, HDMI, DisplayPort, FireWire, S/PDIF, and support for all the latest AM3 processors.

I'm using it to drive my file server/home theater PC and it's pretty much perfect for what I'm using it for. The onboard video is a bit old, but good enough for high def. videos, Blu-ray, etc. Also, If you're using Windows 7, the AHCI drivers are integrated so you don't need to go with the floppy or slipstream method to get them loaded.

The only thing I don't like is the board's cooling. The VRMs are bare - I would put some ramsinks or something on them if you're going to use a 125W+ CPU on it, or they'll definitely cook. The southbridge heatsink also gets blistering hot. Given the price I paid, I don't think I can complain much about that though - only high-end boards have decent cooling.

And FYI, using SpeedFan you can control two fans. Limited range on the CPU fan header (PWM fan only) and full control on the Chassis fan header. Oh and most of the capacitors are solid state - nice touch.

This review was modfied by poster @ 11-30-09 12:55 AM

Alistair_K
11/24/09
Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
Asus Reliability
Cons
Express gate won't work
Summary
I wish I went with the 790g chipset board as it would be more in line with the "dragon" amd system but overall this is a great board. No problems except that I can't seem to get the express gate to run even after an upgrade and setting the bios to load. Could be my config.

Allen C
10/31/09
Experience: 4 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
Good budget 780G based board
Onboard everything (network, video, sound)
Asus quality
Cons
No external LPT port
Slow on-board video (expected)
Summary
The Asus M3A78-EM is a well put together package with almost everything needed to build a budget PC for general usage or to upgrade an aging system (in my case). Add a CPU, 2-4GB of DDR2 RAM, a HD and you're set!

Couple of issues encountered so far:

The only LPT printer port available is internal, so it is not possible to connect a legacy printer that requires parallel connection without getting the connector. However, this was easily solved with a cheap USB -> parallel port adapter cable.

At least in Windows 7, the on-board GPU is skipping frames while playing back certain 1080i videos with DXVA enabled in mixer mode. Not a serious problem but the hardware accelerated mpeg decoding could be better implemented by ATI...

asterialus
10/04/09
Experience: 6 Months
Pros
- mATX
- AM3 Capable
Cons
- Needs a few more USB ports. :)
Summary
I upgraded to this from my M2N and once again Asus gave me an awesome board. This one is even better because I can grab AM3 chips and use it on this. Congrats to Asus again. Been a fan since CUSL2. Cheers!


Reviews from the Web

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URL: http://www.techwarelabs.com/reviews/motherboard/asus_m3a78-emh-hdmi/
Comment: "The performance of the Asus M3A78-EMH HDMI was very impressive. Using the new chipset eliminates the need for more basic users to get graphic cards. If the user is not into gaming or dealing with 3D environments, there is no need to get an additional graphics cards, as the onboard performs good eno
Posted by: asterialus @02/11/09
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Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
Audio  
     Audio Channels: 7.1
     Sound Controller Manufacturer: Realtek
     Sound Controller Model: ALC1200
General Information  
     Brand Name: Asus
     Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International
     Manufacturer Part Number: M3A78-EM
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.asus.com
     Product Model: M3A78-EM
     Product Name: M3A78-EM Desktop Motherboard
     Product Type: Desktop Motherboard
I/O Controller  
     Controller Type: Floppy Controller
Serial ATA/300
Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
     RAID Levels: 0
1
1+0
     RAID Supported: Yes
I/O Expansions  
     Number of PCI Express x1 Slots: 1
     Number of PCI Express x16 Slots: 1
     Number of PCI Slots: 2
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4
     Total Number of PCI Express Slots: 2
Interfaces/Ports  
     Audio Line In: Yes
     Audio Line Out: Yes
     DisplayPort: Yes
     DVI: Yes
     HDMI: Yes
     Microphone Port: Yes
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of DisplayPort Outputs: 1
     Number of DVI Outputs: 1
     Number of FireWire/i.LINK 400 Ports: 1
     Number of HDMI Outputs: 1
     Number of S/PDIF Out Ports: 1
     Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 6
     S/PDIF: Yes
     Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports: 1
     Total Number of USB Ports: 6
     VGA: Yes
Memory  
     Maximum Memory: 8 GB
     Memory Standard: DDR2-1066/PC2-8500
DDR2-800/PC2-6400
DDR2-667/PC2-5300
     Memory Technology: DDR2 SDRAM
     Number of Memory Slots: 4
Miscellaneous  
     Additional Information:
  • Support CPU up to 140W
  • DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+ CPUs only

BIOS:

  • 8 Mb Flash ROM
  • DMI 2.0
  • AMI BIOS
  • PnP
  • WfM 2.0
  • SM BIOS 2.5
  • ACPI 2.0a
  • ASUS EZ Flash 2

Support Disc contents:

  • Drivers
  • ASUS PC Probe II
  • Express Gate
  • Anti-virus software
  • ASUS LiveUpdate Utility

     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • M3A78-EM Desktop Board
  • UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
  • FDD cable
  • SATA cables
  • SATA power cables
  • User's manual
  • 2 in 1 Q-connector
  • Support Disc

Network & Communication  
     Gigabit Ethernet: Yes
Onboard Interfaces  
     Number of IDE Interfaces: 1
     Number of SATA Interfaces: 6
     Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
     Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
     Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports: 1
     Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 3
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 9.6" (243.8 mm)
     Form Factor: Micro ATX
     Width: 9.6" (243.8 mm)
Processor & Chipset  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
     Chipset Model: 780G
     HyperTransport Speed: 2600 MHz
1000 MHz
800 MHz
     Multi GPU Supported: CrossFireX
     Processor Socket: Socket AM2+ PGA-940
     Processor Supported: Phenom FX
Phenom
Athlon
Sempron
     Processor Technology: HyperTransport Technology
     Total Processor Supported: 1
Video  
     Graphics Controller Manufacturer: ATI
     Graphics Controller Memory: 256 MB
     Graphics Controller Model: HD 3200
     Onboard Video: On-board Video Chipset
Warranty  
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year
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Messages about ASUS M3A78-EM AMD 780G mATX AM2+ PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI SATA HDMI Video Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard

dual monitors with onboard video (Sinicure- Sep 30, 10, 2 Replies) Read this message
Support this CPU?? (Steve_B- Jul 28, 10, 2 Replies) Read this message
ATI vs Nvidia (Roggan- Jan 31, 10, 4 Replies) Read this message
I can confirm that this is rev 1.03G (Henry_Y- Dec 30, 09, 5 Replies) Read this message
ASUS M3A78-EM AMD 780G and AMD Phenom X3 8600 (Joseph_S- Dec 17, 09, 8 Replies) Read this message
some questions...need help (KBL- Nov 19, 09, 1 Replies) Read this message
Reboots after 5 secs. (Greg_G- Oct 15, 09, 9 Replies) Read this message
RMA'd the board forgot the I/O shield :( (Chicoman- Oct 09, 09, 9 Replies) Read this message
Supports Athlon II X2 245 AM3? (dan_s- Oct 07, 09, 3 Replies) Read this message
M3A78-em (Graham_K- Jul 27, 09, 1 Replies) Read this message
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Very Odd Video Problems (Tom_G- Jul 17, 09, 10 Replies) Read this message
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