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ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • 2 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR3 1866(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066 MHz support
  • Integrated ATI Radeon 3000 support hybrid CrossfireX and DirectX10
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Technical Details

  • Processor Socket: Socket AM3+
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset Type: amd_760g
  • RAM Memory Technology: DDR3 1600;DDR3 1066
  • Item Display Weight: 2.1 pounds
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Product Description

M5A78L-M LX PLUS features AMD 760G/SB710 chipset and supports the latest AMD AM3+ FX//Phenom II/Athlon II/Sempron 100 Series Processors. The latest 32nm AM3+ CPU features 8 cores, with dual-channel DDR3 up to 1866 Mhz memory support on a uATX form factor. Integrated ATI Radeon HD 3000 GPU supports Hybrid CrossFireX as well as the latest DirectX 10 for vivid graphics performance.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10.7 x 10.4 x 2.1 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds
ASIN B005WUUFBW
Item model number M5A78L-M LX PLUS
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4.2 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #499 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Motherboards
Date first available at Amazon.com October 18, 2011

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this is the PLUS version and will take a 125W processor (I have a AMD 965 quad core Deneb). It will take 8GB RAM in each of the two slots. It's a good board with all the Asus extras on it. Some considerations - the legacy connectors on the back might be useful for you or not. Most people would prefer extra USB's (or a couple of fast USB). The front panel connector is on the side next to the USB connectors so if you have a short panel connector cord(s) that *might* be an issue for you. It has a ATI/AMD Radeon HD3000 on board, which isn't wonderful but can use up to 1GB shared memory so you can certainly use this for most non-game things. I think this is the only AMD 760 board that is readily available and will take a 125W processor. If you can't use this one, you'll probably have to go up to a 970/990 which is obviously a better board but more spendy. I've tried Windows, Ubuntu, OpenSuse and Lubuntu on this without any issues. It will boot off of external devices. Good solid board
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This board is an excellent choice if you are working on a budget and are making a relatively low end system. I used it along with an FX-6100 processor and have had no problems.

I would recommend this to anyone building their first system and/or hoping to keep it a cheap build.
I would not recommend this as an upgrade but rather a starting point.

pros:
cheap
high connectability
small
good SATA port placement.
excellent support and manual
simple

cons:
no USB 3.0 or SATA III
no IDE
only 4 USB ports on board
limited ram support
only PCIe 2.0 x16 @ 8x
only 2 fan connectors (one for cpu and one for case)
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Always check the manufacturer's website for reliable specs. I built a computer using this board and it works perfectly.
Reviewer who called this mobo "junk" and gave it a "1" was attempting to use a CPU this board isn't rated for- board rated for up to 95W cpu. No mobo will run with wrong RAM, CPU, inadequate power supply, etc. Double check all components, OS, peripherals, BIOS version and settings, etc. for compatibility.

Make sure you know what you're doing before attempting to build your own computer or you can end up wasting a lot of money.
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Great little board and a little price, handles the FX series 6 and 8 core cpu's by AMD. Yes sure could use extra usb's and or usb X3 but this is 50 dollar board! if ya want them features then get a better board. I bought this as a budget board and a 6 core cpu for video rendering. It's doing a great job of this. I picked up 6300 FX cpu 3.5 Ghz and i overclocked it to 4.4 Ghz with some patriot viper ram 1600. and remember if you are over clocking stay away from the value ram as it's locked and or get unstable if you try to overclock the ram.
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Not going to write a full review here, it's a cheap motherboard, it's $50, expect to get what you pay for. I bought this from another retailer, but wanted everyone to know that this board does in-fact support 16GB of RAM. I am using this board in a home lab VMware ESXi host, and I needed 16GB at least. Here is what you need to do: (1) Update bios to at least 1303 (here is linky) [...] (2) Use RAM on supported RAM list (here is linky)[...] I am using 16GB of Corsair Vengeance Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10) and it works like a champ. Board otherwise gets the job done. Like I said, sorry for brief review. This one was meant to let everyone know that, you're good to go with 16GB. 5 stars because it's everything that I expected it to be, and I think that I had reasonable expectations given the product.
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By Paulina on November 11, 2013
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Great Motherboard! Paired this up with an AMD FX 4300, and it handles overclocking very nicely. Asus is an amazing brand, and this one isn't excluded. The price is extremely fair and is a great value! My GF loves it.
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I bought this with the AMD X2 260 cpu and the upgrade was so easy. The hardest part was putting those nasty little LED and PWR button wires onto the right pins. But this was well explained in the manual and motherboard has them labeled. If you look on youtube there are some great videos explaining how to assemble all the parts.

Anyway, after putting everything back together I pressed the power button and waited for the system to boot up. I only changed the date and time & left everything else at default setting.
After a couple of re-boots Windows 7 had recognized all the new hardware and the only driver I really needed to install was for the LAN. I also installed the graphics software.
Maybe I should have done a full re-install of Windows 7 but so far it is 100 % stable.

I haven't done an upgrade like this for about 5 years & I was really impressed with how easy it all was. The CPU cooler that came with X2 260 was easy to put on too - just two clips and a lever.
And the SATA type power connectors and cables are a breeze to use.

So, an easy five stars for me.
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Well it works, have only had it humming along for one day now in the PC I just built :P (will try to remember to check back here a year later and post update as to how it's doing) .... seems to work fine but .. there's one issue in the motherboard manual that REALLY makes things difficult :(

Okay so more experienced PC builders will probably laugh at a newbie like me having difficulties with this to begin with :P but... page 1-24 of the motherboard manual lists how the front panel cables (the one that lets the power switch turn the PC on and off - most important one of all I think ! .. and the LED light indicators for hard drive and so forth) are supposed to attach .. I found the diagram to be confusing as all hell in comparison to the far more clearly labelled gigabytes motherboard manuals :( (or at least in my opinion anyways) ... spent a long time researching this motherboard on the 'net and other PC builders who were probably "newbies" like me :P were having similar problems..

I took a gamble and looked at this video (will post link below but if the amazon bots delete it do a youtube search for
MSI HOW-TO Install front panel connectors (JFP1) MSI HOW-TO CHANNEL )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPELIdVNZUI

Followed the instructions listed there and worked like a charm so I guess this motherboard follows the "standard one size fits all" front panel cable placement all motherboards do ;) .....

EDIT AND UPDATE... As I also found out the hard way (though fortunately easily solved due to google-fu), it DOES make a difference which SATA jack you plug a hard drive into on the motherboard... unfortunately the motherboard does not "auto detect" which hard drive has an operating system (i.e.
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