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Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 AMD Socket AM3+ 8 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard

Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 AMD Socket AM3+ 8 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard

  • - Motherboard: Micro ATX
  • - Max Memory: 16 GB
  • - Processor Socket: AM3+
  • - High Definition Audio

QuickFind code: 269072

Manufacturer ID: M5A78L-M/USB3

Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 AMD Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Product Description

AMD AM3+ FX™/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series Processors
Supports CPU up to 140 W
AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology
* Refer to for CPU support list
AMD 760G (780L)/SB710
4 x DIMM, Max. 16GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 Hz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
* Refer to or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
* Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Install a 64-bit Windows® OS when you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard.
* AMD FX Series CPU on this motherboard supports up to DDR3 1866MHz as its standard memory frequency.
* AMD AM3 100 and 200 series CPU support up to DDR3 1066MHz.
System Bus
Up to 5.2 GT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0
Graphic Integrated ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 GPU
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB ports *1
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DVI with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
- Supports RGB with max. resolution 2560 x 1440 @ 75 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB
Hybrid CrossFireX™ Support *2
Expansion Slots
1 x PCIe x16
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI
Storage Built-in Controller :
6 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
Support Raid 0, 1, 10, JBOD
Realtek® 8111E , 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller
VIA VT1708S 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
USB Ports
Built-in Controller :
10 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)
Built-in Controller :
2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
Overclocking Features Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features
Turbo Key
Core Unlocker
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Charger
- Anti-Surge
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Q-Fan
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DVI
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
Internal I/O Ports
3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x parallel port connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
User's manual
I/O Shield
2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)
16 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI v2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS V2.5, ACPI V2.0a
Support Disc
ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form Factor
uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )

Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 AMD Socket AM3+ 8 Channel Product Reviews

Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 reviews collected by Reevoo

How easy to set-up
Value for money
Overall rating
Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 101 reviews
10 out of 10


Derby GB
Small, its a motherboard for AMD.
Only 2 connections for FANs
Confirmed purchase: 19 March 2014
10 out of 10


Blackpool GB
Its Asus, if you need any more info about this brand, don't bother, just go and settle for a lesser brand. Im sure you'll be fine.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 21 January 2014
7 out of 10


Nottingham GB
Good little broad.
If you have a long-ish GUP some of the SATA port are hard to get to.
Confirmed purchase: 03 January 2014
7 out of 10


Chelmsford GB
Worked fine on first boot & didn't give me any problems. Good enough for a simple AMD build.
No USB 3.0 motherboard header so you can't plug in your front panel USB 3.0 :( I bought a converter cable to use a motherboard USB 2.0 header though so mine works, but just at USB 2.0 speeds.
No SATA 6Gbps ports! It's my fault for not checking but a lack of a SATA 6Gbps port means my SSD is quite bottlenecked.
Confirmed purchase: 20 December 2013
9 out of 10


I have 5 of these AMD motherboards in use. They give excellent results for the price.
Confirmed purchase: 09 December 2013
8 out of 10


llanelli GB
good all round board from a well respected supplier ,easy to install and rock solid performance ,not the fastest but very stable
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 14 November 2013
9 out of 10


Leicester GB
Bought this board to replace a Gigabye mobo, which because of it's AMD chipset was causing absolute grief whatever Linux OS I tried to install on on it. To my surprise the Asus worked out of the box and turned all the recent frustration into a pleasant experience, Now now has Debian 7.2 humming away without fuss. So a thumbs up to Asus in this instance.
Could have deone with more usb ports, but that's easy to remedy with an expansion card.
Confirmed purchase: 07 October 2013
10 out of 10


Cheriton Bishop GB
easy setup and most connectors easy to use
IDE socket on bottom of board and having to plug in an ide dvd drive which is in top of case found awkward to plug in when bottom pci slot is in use.
Confirmed purchase: 24 May 2013
8 out of 10


good performer for the price
Confirmed purchase: 19 March 2013

Technical Specification

Manufacturer ID: M5A78L-M/USB3


Product TypeMotherboard - micro ATX
Chipset TypeAMD 760G / AMD SB710
Max Bus Speed2600 MHz
Data Bus Transfer Rate5.2 GT/s
Processor SocketSocket AM3+
Max Processors Qty1
Compatible ProcessorsSempron, Athlon II, Phenom II ( Maximum TDP 140 Watt )


Max Supported Memory16 GB
Supported RAM TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Supported RAM Speed1333 MHz, 1066 MHz
Supported RAM Integrity CheckNon-ECC, ECC
Supported RAM (Registered or Buffered)Unbuffered
RAM FeaturesDual channel memory architecture


Graphics ControllerATI Radeon HD 3000
Memory Allocation TechnologyShared Video Memory (UMA)


TypeHD Audio (8-channel)
Audio CodecVIA VT1708S
Compliant StandardsHigh Definition Audio


Network ControllerRealtek RTL8111E
Network InterfacesGigabit Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Slot(s)1 x processor - Socket AM3+ ¦ 4 x memory - DIMM 240-pin ¦ 1 x PCI Express x16 ¦ 2 x PCI Express x1 ¦ 1 x PCI
Storage InterfacesAMD SB710 : Serial ATA-300 - connector(s): 6 x 7pin Serial ATA - 6 Device(s) - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / JBOD
Interfaces1 x keyboard / mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) ¦ 1 x display / video - DVI-Digital - 24 pin digital DVI ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x audio / video - HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 ¦ 4 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - 9 pin USB Type A ¦ 1 x audio - line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-out (side surround) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-out (rear) - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-out (centre/subwoofer) - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x serial - RS-232 ( internal ) ¦ 1 x audio - SPDIF output ( internal ) ¦ 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) ( internal ) ¦ 1 x audio ( internal )
Power Connectors4-pin ATX12V connector, 24-pin main power connector


BIOS FeaturesDMI 2.0 support, WfM 2.0 support, ASUS MyLogo2, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ACPI 2.0a support, SMBIOS 2.5 support
Hardware FeaturesASUS Q-Fan, C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall), AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology, ASUS Anti-Surge Protection, ASUS Turbo Key, CrashFree BIOS 3, ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit), ATI Hybrid CrossFireX technology support, Core Unlocker


Cables Included2 x Serial ATA cable
Compatible with Windows 7"Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.
Compliant StandardsPlug and Play, ACPI 2.0a, ErP Ready
Width24.4 cm
Depth20.3 cm

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support3 years warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - 3 years

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