ASUS M3N78 Pro Reviewajmatson - July 27, 2008
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Installing the software for the ASUS M3N78 Pro could not be easier. ASUS has made all of the drivers available all at once with the ASUS InstALL utility. By choosing this option, all of the drivers will install and reboot when needed automatically, without requiring user input. When the CD in inserted the Support program will start, and you will have several menus to choose from.
The first two tabs are where you install the drivers for the M3N78 Pro. These include the chipset drivers, the audio drivers, the driver for the NVIDIA HDMI program, and the drivers needed for Hybrid SLI to function properly. The second tab is where you choose what support software you need for your system, like ASUS PC Probe, ASUS AI Suite, and the ASUS ExpressGate program.
The last three tabs are utilities that you might need depending on your system and support information. Here you can create and install a RAID drive setup on your computer. Also included are digital copies of the manuals needed for the ASUS M3N78 Pro, and the contact information for ASUS should you need additional support.
The Utilities included on the support CD help you in overclocking, monitoring, and maintaining your system. Some of these utilities include a BIOS updating GUI, ASUS PC Probe (which lets you monitor system temperatures), voltages and fan speeds, ASUS Cool 'N' Quiet (which displays the C&Q speeds and voltages), and the ASUS AI Suite.
The ASUS M3N78 Pro has a feature that we are seeing more and more on ASUS motherboards, and that is the ExpressGate. ExpressGate lets you boot into a stripped down, Linux-based operating system in around 5 seconds, and lets you surf the net, browse photos, download files to external drives. This way, if you only need to browse something quickly or download a driver for your OS, you can do it without having to fully boot the computer.
Now that we have had a look at all of the M3N78 Pro's hardware and software, let's see how she performs.