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Asus M3A78-EM
5.3 out of 10

Asus M3A78-EM

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

James W., Newegg
3 January 2012
  • Summary: Most people aren't compiling hash tables or database on these machines, but since it's the only box I've got for such a thing. It's decent, uptime is steady, I've never had a BSOD or BIOS problem. I do have issues with this mobo and WD HDDs
  • Pros: Reliable, affordable, quick enough for most
  • Cons: Isn't really for gaming or intense work
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Overall 8
8.0

Asus Rules

Steven M. Love, Amazon
20 June 2010
  • Summary: Super Great board, online within 3 seconds from turning computer on, no joke, Asus Rules, best boards ever.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great board, great price

Ryan C., Newegg
21 April 2010
  • Summary: I didn't want to list this as a con because its more my fault, but I bought this board cause it was cheap and it supports crossfire. I must admit I didn't do my homework on what "hybrid crossfire" was.
  • Pros: Price was awesome 4 slots for RAM 6 SATA plugs Onboard video is pretty good Done everything I've wanted so far.
  • Cons: 1 ps/2 port. Minor inconvenience. I'm using an old ps/2 wireless keyboard and mouse a simple ps/2 to USB adapter. IDE plug is in a horrid position. Really had to snake the ribbon cord around my tower from my dvd burner to the plug to keep it out of the way.
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Overall 8
8.0

Worked

Richard D., Newegg
16 April 2010
  • Summary: While it worked, it was fantastic. I'm still giving it a good score because of what it was able to do for me while it lasted, and I would still recommend it. Only thing is, my board's been cutting out on me lately. Sometimes it won't read fan speeds properly (or at all!).
  • Pros: Compact enough to fit in tight cases, yet full-featured enough to be fully utilitarian. Can be used for HTPC (thanks to built-in HDMI) or a decent Gaming PC (just don't hope for crossfire/SLI). Works with AM3 processors after BIOS updates
  • Cons: Lasted less than 2 yrs, was hoping to get over 3. Didn't really like the placement of some of the fan headers
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Overall 8
8.0

Must Plan For Raid In Advance

Stewart Berman "SABerman", Amazon
23 March 2010
  • Summary: This is a great motherboard. The reason for four stars instead of three is that the Raid support is a combination of software and hardware -- not fully hardware. This means that you cannot create a raid mirror after you install the operating system.
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Overall 8
8.0

14 month update

Conrad G., Newegg
2 March 2010
  • Summary: My solution to the "timer chip" issue is to power down the computer and safely remove the ram sticks and reinsert them. That usually fixes the issue. Rarely, I have to unplug and replug the sata drives.
  • Pros: This is an update to my first review on this earlier last year. - Still works (big plus) - I use it for lan parties (at least 10 a month) and it handles the mild shock from driving around with it in the trunk fine. - small form factor (although I have it in a full size case.)
  • Cons: - PS2 port "dropped/fell/was pushed" so that it no longer is usable, I can still see it, just can't get to it without cutting into that metal box that surrounds the plugs. (3 months in) - IDE connection is angled 90 degrees from the board so it forces the IDE cable to stick out. This caused me to...
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Overall 8
8.0

Useful motherboard

David J., Newegg
19 February 2010
  • Summary: Beware, Asus is careless with email addresses used for their rebate. I made a new email address "asus@<my_domain_name>" and only used it once to request a rebate. Several months later I am now receiving spam sent to that email address.
  • Pros: Using in a media center, the on-board video is adequate, but sometimes a little sluggish. It is very stable, easy to setup, and has great features.
  • Cons: "No keyboard detected, press F1 to continue". You couldn't make up stuff like this :)
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Overall 8
8.0

Fair

Anonymous, Newegg
8 February 2010
  • Summary: Delete my other review, whoever... Forgot to add the other comments
  • Pros: Lots of features, low price
  • Cons: USB on board will not work with my Kingston 16GB flash drive. Tech support says update the drivers... No way! I'd have never thought to do that! That don't work... AND I guess the HDCP is messed up, no audio over HDMI at all, so that's useless
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent Product

Anonymous, Newegg
6 February 2010
  • Pros: Very consistent, well made and reliable board. I'm running an AMD Phenom II 945 X4 3.0Ghz w/ 4 GB Corsair XMS Dual Channel 800mhz Ram, ATI Radeon HD 4550 and it runs like a dream. I previously had an Athlon II X2 240 and it ran well, just upgrading components and I never have an issue with this m...
  • Cons: If you are cheap enough to actually plan on using onboard graphics they're nothing close to gaming quality. Also, it's an mATX, which really sucks for CPU cooling, it's hard to find great cooling bc the ram slots are so close to the CPU socket. But this is common among mATX. No, real complaints.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great so far

Jarrett B., Newegg
6 February 2010
  • Summary: personally I am an nvidia man, but this pc is for my sister so Il go ATI haha.. but otherwise this motherboard does exactly what I want it to do.
  • Pros: Works great so far, have 4gb of ddr 533 and an x2 4200 with the onboard video it should make an excellent media pc.
  • Cons: none, installed flawlessly
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