Summary: It was dead on arrival for me... I had a compatible cpu, gpu, power supply, and ram. And, the on-board light came on, but the system never seemed to start up... And I never got a single POST start up beep...(even after hours of troubleshooting)... And nothing ever came from the built in display or my gpu display... But I was able to return it without issue. I'm giving two stars for easy return. And then I bought an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 as a replacement...
Summary: So far I've used two AMD motherboards. One was this here ASUS , and the other a Gigabyte Motherboard. Both AMD motherboards had a new CPU.. The ASUS would try to power up once before it shut down while the Gigabyte Motherboard started up for about five minutes before it shut down and would not reboot again. I've read over several reviews and found that you'll need The newer DDR3 Memory in order for the newer MoBo's to start up.
Summary: Awesome budget board for budget builds. Cheap price with some awesome features like the core unlocker and support for the FX series. ( might have to update bios). Only complaint is the sata speed, amount of usb's and only 2 fan connectors. But regardless, you get what you pay for. Looking for something cheap and reliable that ISNT a cruddy AsRock board? Then this is the way to gooo. ( Not bashing on asrock boards in general. Just their "low-tier" boards.
WARNING: No chipset driver for Windows 8-But still good product
16 October 2014
Summary: Pros- Tough, good price, does its job well Cons- Only SATA-II, not full support for Windows 8 This little guy was tough as nails during installation (in a good way). I put the wrong screw through the motherboard and into the stand offs, and I'm very surprised I didnt break it getting em out. but I didnt and all the components fit into it like a dream.
Summary: Great mobo at a good price. As always Asus quality is evident. Maybe the only thing I didn't like (but it is very common on micro mobos) is the fact you lose one of the small PCI-E slots if you use anything but the cheapest (small and skinny) videocard. But unless you have a real need for two of them, you'll find this mobo will work great.
Summary: I purchased this board to replace a bad board in a Dell XPS 7100. The Dell was giving 2 beeps saying it was the ram but the ram was replaced and still 2 beeps. I decided it was the board and ordered the Asus M5A78L and it works and fits inside the Dell case just fine. Lots of neat features and very easy to set up. My only complaint is that the back panel does not fit as good as it should.
Summary: This Asus Motherboard is great! It has a good size, excellent performance, with two ram memory slot (8GB each one), several sata slot (four Sata 3 slot and two for optical drives). I have two HD's Sata 3 and Sata 2, one optical drive (no need more, for now), Geforce GT650 1GB, AMD Phenom II X4-3Ghz, DDR3 4GB and 1200W power source, because the MoBo, processor and graphic card has a big power consumption.
Summary: The processor chip on my home assembled desktop system died after a good number of years of good service. I decided to do a fairly serious upgrade. This Motherboard, seemed to have what I required for the time being. I use a fare amount of legacy software so I was keeping the old OS, the one thing I wish I had been able to find was a MB with a Floppy controller for a couple of old games that I still like to play, but I guess time marches on.