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Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x

The Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2+ socket.

It has 2 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM2+help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconSLI Support0 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetAMD RS780Lhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date01 Apr 2010help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM2 GB DDR2help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR2help iconSATA 2.04
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR2 533 MHz
  • DDR2 667 MHz
  • DDR2 800 MHz
  • DDR2 1066 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x fan header
  • Floppy drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • 1 x Serial Port
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector

Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x compatibility review

The Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x uses the AMD Socket AM2+ CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the aging DDR2 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1066 MHz, and 2 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 2 GB RAM. DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.

Released on 01 Apr 2010, the Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x is now over 10 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies.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 Biostar.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x 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 Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x 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 Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x's PCIe v2.x. The Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Biostar A780L Ver. 6.x has 6 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.

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