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ASUS M3A78-T AMD 790GX Socket AM2+ Motherboard Review

ASUS M3A78-T AMD 790GX Socket AM2+ Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The on-board Radeon HD 3300 VGA powers the HDMI port that's located on the I/O panel of the ASUS M3A78-T motherboard, along with Analog-VGA and DVI display outputs. The HDMI port can output High Definition content at 1080p.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Feb 26 2009   Julian Apong  
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ASUS M3A78-T Motherboard Highlights


The blue PCI Express x16 slot supports videocards at x16 with full x16 lanes of PCI Express bandwidth. The black and white PCI Express x16 slots run with x4 and x8 lanes respectively. In Crossfire the blue and white PCI Express x16 slots will operate at x8/x8, if the black slot is included CrossfireX runs at x8/x4/x8.


In the lower left corner of the ASUS M3A78-T motherboard are three USB2.0 headers and front panel I/O connectors. AMD's SB750 Southbridge not only allows for RAID 5 capability, but also gives Advanced Clock Calibration, which can be used to achieve greater overclocks on AMD Phenom processors. SATAII jacks are set at 90 degrees and parallel to the PCB so the cables remain out of the way of long videocards.


The ASUS M3A78-T supports four DDR2 memory slots which can be installed with up to 8GB of DDR2-1066/800/667MHz Memory. 1066MHz memory speeds can only work in single-DIMM per channel mode with Socket AM2+ processors.


There is a fair amount of space around the AMD Socket AM2+ CPU socket, which is good for large quietly cooled processor heatsinks. The socket is compatible with socket AM2 and socket AM2+ processors. The heatsink that cools the AMD 790GX chipset is compact, and does the job well.

The heart of the ASUS M3A78-T motherboard is the 790GX chipset. Let's take a closer look at what makes this chipset so popular with folks building High Definition HTPCs...

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Contents of Article: ASUS M3A78-T
 Pg 1.  ASUS M3A78-T AMD 790GX Socket AM2+ Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Testing 1080P HD Video Playback
 Pg 3.  Total System Power Draw Comparisons
 Pg 4.  — ASUS M3A78-T Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 5.  AMD 790GX Chipset - Videocard or IGP?
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the AMD 790GX and the BIOS
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007, Sandra 2009
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 11.  DX10 Motherboard IGP Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 12.  ASUS M3A78-T - Everything to Everyone?

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