The ASRock K8A780LM is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket 754 socket.
It has maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||Socket 754||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||AMD||Onboard GPU||yes|
|CPU Chipset||RS780L||PCI Slots|
|Release Date||04 Dec 2009||SATA 1.0||0|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||SATA 2.0||4|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||SATA 3.0||0|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||8||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Rear||4||Internal I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v2.x||Back Panel I/O|
|SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
The ASRock K8A780LM uses the AMD Socket 754 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry.
Released on 04 Dec 2009, the ASRock K8A780LM is now over 9 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from ASRock.
The Micro-ATX ASRock K8A780LM should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.
The ASRock K8A780LM has 4 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.
The ASRock K8A780LM supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the ASRock K8A780LM's PCIe v2.x. The ASRock K8A780LM does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The ASRock K8A780LM has 12 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.