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Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:57 am

The AMD 790GX Chipset Arrives - Asus M3A78-T Motherboard

AMD has finally released the AMD 790GX chipset for enthusiasts around the world. The AMD 790GX chipset is designed for performance gamers and multimedia enthusiasts alike, and promises to deliver outstanding gaming as well as full HD video performance. With the AM2+ processor in mind the AMD 790GX Chipset along with the ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics core provides awesome gaming compatibility and fantastic multimedia capabilities right out of the box at an ultra competative price.


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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby DX » Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:55 am

Is there any board that can run 3 PCI 16 slots for uber crossfire? Not that I can afford something like that but 3 HD4780x2s would be something to see in action.
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby martini161 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:02 am

yes, but 4870x2's (i assume there like the old 3870 x2s) only have one crossfire birdge
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby DX » Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:37 am

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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby martini161 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:14 pm

still only has one crossfire bridge
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby kojak71 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:35 pm

Thanks for the review, but did you get the chance to test media playback? Also I noticed that the ATI 3450 card you used for the hybrid testing had an HDMI port on it, could you tell me who makes this particular card? Cheers.
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby Cannyone » Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:36 pm

I'm just glad to finally see an AMD chipset with an improved south-bridge. The SB600 was really never that good. It's just too bad that AMD isn't doing like Nvidia in one respect. I'd like to see that IGP be used as a physics processor with either one, or two, 4800 series cards in place. As it stands, limiting the hybrid Cross-Fire to just "low-ball" cards, makes me feel like I would be buying a significant amount of silicon that will ONLY be disabled. Hopefully they'll start upgrading the 790FX board designs to use the SB750 soon. 8)
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby pastorjay » Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:50 pm

kojak71 wrote:Thanks for the review, but did you get the chance to test media playback? Also I noticed that the ATI 3450 card you used for the hybrid testing had an HDMI port on it, could you tell me who makes this particular card? Cheers.


It is the Visiontek. I picked it up at Best Buy for $84.99 (You can buy it online starting at $55). I not used the HDMI for any playback.
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby gwolfman » Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:36 pm

Interesting review. Thanks.
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby pepe123 » Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:33 am

Does this mobo supports Phenom 9850BE? According to the asus website http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpus ... uage=en-us it is not supported. But the review was done with it. Any issues to overclocking? Bios Issues?
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby LED » Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:19 pm

any comments on sound quality? Specifically, is the audio circuitry quiet?

I've just had a go at an HTPC using the Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-D2SH and the poor audio is unacceptable - tons of high frequency noise being picked up over the bus, even with a high end PCI sound card.
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby winderic » Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:29 pm

I heard that this board bios still have problem with 9850BE, have it been fixed?
Anyone know?
some says is better to work with 9750...
suggestion?

Was thinking to build it with 9850BE, and Saphire 4870.
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby pastorjay » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:10 pm

pepe123 wrote:Does this mobo supports Phenom 9850BE? According to the asus website http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpus ... uage=en-us it is not supported. But the review was done with it. Any issues to overclocking? Bios Issues?

I had no issues at all once I got a decent BIOS and some of the settings set correctly.
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby pastorjay » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:12 pm

LED wrote:any comments on sound quality? Specifically, is the audio circuitry quiet?

I've just had a go at an HTPC using the Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-D2SH and the poor audio is unacceptable - tons of high frequency noise being picked up over the bus, even with a high end PCI sound card.


I did not spend a lot of time with the sound. From what I heard 9I know that is very subjective) it sounded just fine. Not any noise that I noticed.
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Re: Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review

Postby pastorjay » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:13 pm

winderic wrote:I heard that this board bios still have problem with 9850BE, have it been fixed?
Anyone know?
some says is better to work with 9750...
suggestion?

Was thinking to build it with 9850BE, and Saphire 4870.


Once again, I had no issues once I got a half way decent BIOS.

Sorry it took so long to answers these guys. We made a move and I am still digging out from boxes.
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