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ASUS M4A78LT-M LE review



Introduction


ASUS M4A78LT-M LE Released on: october 11 2009
Test Date: may 24 2011 Product page


The ASUS M4A78LT-M LE is a very small Micro-ATX Form Factor 24.4cm(L) x 20.8cm(W) motherboard. Allthough this board has a small form factor (SFF), using it as a HTPC will need an extra video card, because it lacks a HDMI connector. There's also no optical audio on the backpanel, using the SPDIF-out header will require an extra cable and this is the only way you can enjoy the 8-channel audio.


M4A78LT-M LE backpanel view

The backpanel still has a 'legacy' PS/2 keyboard and a PS/2 mouse connector. The VGA Graphics Card port had no problems with our 24 inch display and gave a clear and detailed image(1920x1080). The 3x audio jack can 'power' your analog audio setup. There are 4 USB 2.0 ports and the RJ45 jack also supports Gygabit LAN.


M4A78LT-M LE PCI Express Turbo Key

This board has no 'legacy' floppy connector, but still has an onboard printer (lpt) connector. The PCI Express (PCI-E 2.0) capabilities of the M4A78LT-M LE will be capable of using the full potential of most graphics cards. There's also an IDE connector so if you still have older hard drives, you'll still be able to use them. The are six SATA 2 - 3 GB/s connecters, usually we only see 4 connectors on these cheap boards. Hybrid CrossfireX is also supported. The official slogan for Hybrid CFX is : Boosted Performance with onboard GPU and discrete graphics card, it does not say that only ONE graphics card can be used, namely the AMD/ATI Radeon HD3450, this is the only card that can 'unleash' the Hybrid CFX on this board, so the Hybrid CrossfireX EXTRA is 'pretty useless'.


M4A78LT-M LE pci express

This mainboard with AM3 socket (Socket 941) supports CPUs with a MAX of 95 watts Thermal Design Power (TDP). This means that most of the 'high-end' AMD processors like the six-core Phenom II X6 1090T or 1100T and even the 4 core X4 955, 965 and a few others cannot be used with this motherboard. This mobo also has core unlocking support, be advised that if you unlock a Phenom II X2 555 to 4 cores, that your TDP will also be higher with this processor, so good cooling is required if you unlock cores.


M4A78LT-M LE 4 epu and 3 phase power design

A closer look at the 4 phase power design. Four phases aren't much for overclocking a CPU, high end boards have up to 24 phases to 'feed' the power needs of the CPU, and those boards use an 8 pin ATX 12V connector instead of a 4 pin.


M4A78LT-M LE 4 dimms

The 2 x DIMM slots, have a Maximum capacity of 8 GB, dual channnel DDR3 1800MHz(Overclocked)/ 1600MHz(Overclocked)/1333/1066 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory. We used 2 Corsair 1600MHz DDR3 DIMMs that were not in the Qualified Vendor List, and had no problem overclocking them to 1600MHz.


  1. Introduction
  2. Bundle, box and gallery
  3. Motherboard Specifications
  4. BIOS screenshots
  5. Bundled software
  6. Test setup and overclocking
  1. CPU and Memory benchmarks
  2. Rendering
  3. Compression
  4. Graphics
  5. Power consumption
  6. Conclusion
        



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  1. Introduction
  2. Bundle, box and gallery
  3. Motherboard Specifications
  4. BIOS screenshots
  5. Bundled software
  6. Test setup and overclocking
  7. CPU and Memory benchmarks
  8. Rendering
  9. Compression
  10. Graphics
  11. Power consumption
  12. Conclusion

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