1.3.1 Product highlights Asus prime Asus M3A78

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Chapter 1: Product introduction

Dual-Core CPU 

Enjoy the extraordinary CPU power from the latest dual-core CPU. The advanced 

processing technology contains two physical CPU cores with individually dedicated 

L2 cache to satisfy the rising demand for more powerful processing capability.

AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Technology 


The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Technology, which monitors 

system operation and automatically adjusts CPU voltage and frequency for a cool 

and quiet operating environment. See page 2-23 for details.

PCI Express™ interface 

The motherboard fully supports PCI Express, the latest I/O interconnect 

technology that speeds up the PCI bus. PCI Express features point-to-point serial 

interconnections between devices and allows higher clockspeeds by carrying data 

in packets. This high speed interface is software compatible with existing PCI 

specifications. See page 1-22 for details.

PCI Express 2.0 support 

This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and 

bandwidth which enhances system performance.

Serial ATA 3Gb/s technology and RAID support 


This motherboard supports hard disk drives based on the Serial ATA (SATA) 

3Gb/s storage specifications, delivering enhanced scalability and doubling the bus 

bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and save. It also supports RAID 0, 

RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and JBOD configurations for Serial ATA drives. See pages 1-28 

and 2-19 for details.

Gigabit LAN solution 

Gigabit LAN is the networking standard for the early future and is ideal for handling 

large amounts of data such as video, audio, and voice.