ASUS M3N78 Pro Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

10-06-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

ASUS M3N78 Pro Motherboard Review

ASUS tends to make high quality motherboards that are popular with a wide variety of hardcore enthusiasts and the ASUS M3N78 Pro has the features to contend with the best of the AMD chipsets available. The integrated graphics on the M3N78 Pro are not up to par with the ATI 790GX motherboards, but on the other hand run a wee bit cooler, can save more energy with HybridPower and are sufficient to run H.264 content. Overclocking features are adequate, but this board is really not for the hardcore gamer or enthusiast buyer.

As a HTPC motherboard this is great as the onboard video has HDMI and has the ability to run 7.1 surround- sound through the HDMI port. NVIDIA really needs to launch a faster integrated graphics processor if they intend to compete with ATI on pure performance comparisons. The layout of this board is a little out of the norm with problems as to SATA port layout, 8-pin power location, 24-pin power location and memory location. The layout is really just a bit too odd for my tastes as it leans towards encountering problems depending on your configuration. For a HTPC itís a solid product, and that is where I can recommend that the board be used for in a positive light.