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Asus M3N78-VM

The Asus M3N78-VM is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2+ socket.

It has , 8 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the UTX form factor standard.

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Asus M3N78-VM

help iconCPU Socket1help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible Make1help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset1help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconRelease Date01 Jan 1970help iconPCI Slots1
help iconForm Factor1help iconSATA 1.01
help iconMax RAM1help iconSATA 2.01
help iconRAM Slots1help iconSATA 3.00
help iconMemory Channels1help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds1help iconInternal I/O1
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear1help iconBack Panel I/O1
help iconGraphics Card Interface1

Asus M3N78-VM compatibility review

The Asus M3N78-VM 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 4 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 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 DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.

Released on 01 Jul 2008, the Asus M3N78-VM is now over 13 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies.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 Asus.

The UTX, or uATX form factor is analagous to the Micro-ATX form factor. The UTX Asus M3N78-VM 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 Asus M3N78-VM has 5 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 Asus M3N78-VM 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 Not sure, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Asus M3N78-VM's Not sure. The Asus M3N78-VM supports up to 2 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

The Asus M3N78-VM 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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