- 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
ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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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.
good SATA port placement.
excellent support and manual
no USB 3.0 or SATA III
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)
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.
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.
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 )
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It worked for about a year and then its been nothing but problems had to restore my windows trying to fix a driver issue worked for a week and ended up the motherboard is just crap... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Taylor
Wish I had been informed this was an OEM board before purchase. Has the typical crippled BIOS and I hate being told how to fix a problim in the BIOS and then not being able to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tom Bales
This is meant to be a budget motherboard for a budget rig, it works okay, but don't expect anything amazing out of it.Published 7 months ago by Thomas
BIOS has built-in OC software (for beginner overclocking)
RAID - capable
No USB 3. Read more