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ASUS M3N78 Pro Review


Closer Look:


The Advanced section is where all of the hardware-pushing magic happens. This is where you have control of the physical aspects of the motherboard, including overclocking and chipset features. I am going to break them down by section to get a better understanding of what they have to offer.







JumperFree Configuration:

The JumperFree Configuration section is where you can control the speeds and voltages of your hardware to push them as far as they can go. Here you can control the CPU speed, CPU Multiplier (which if you have an unlocked CPU you can push up to 25x), CPU Voltage (which can only be maxed out to 1.3v), and the voltage settings for the memory, Northbridge, and HyperTransport.





CPU Configuration:

The CPU Configuration section allows you to enable or disable CPU features such as AMD Live!, Cool 'N' Quiet, and Virtualization; this is also where you can configure your memory. The memory speed can only be altered at five levels, from DDR2 533MHz to 1066MHz. You can also choose if you want it to run in Ganged or Unganged mod. I was highly shocked to see that you cannot control the memory timings in the BIOS, especially the basics like the tCAS. Even the lowest-end boards I have tested had this feature included.





The Chipset section is where you adjust chipset features such as display adapters and the onboard GPU (mGPU). This is also where you can enable Hybrid SLI. The frame buffer can be adjusted from 64MB to 512MB in four increments, but unfortunately you cannot control the mGPU speed.





 PCIPnP & Onboard Device Configuration:

The PCIPnP and Onboard Device Configuration sections are where you control IRQ resources and onboard devices like the IDE and SATA configurations, audio configuration, USB and FireWire ports, and LAN connections.



Now that we have everything set up, let's take a look at the software supplied with the ASUS M3N78 Pro.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look ( The Motherboard )
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Closer Look ( The Bios Continued )
  5. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: SPECviewperf 10, PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World in Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  20. Conclusion
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