ASRock A780FullDisplayPort AMD Socket AM2 Motherboard Review

Manufacturer ASRock
Name A780FullDisplayPort
Type / Chipset Socket AM2 (Sockel AM2+) / AMD 780G Chipset (AMD SB700 Southbridge)
Dimensions ++ 19 mm (40 mm radius) around the socket to the next capacitor or other parts of the mainboard – for further information see Fit for Fan. The overall size is 244 x 244mm.
Slots ++ 2x pci, 2x PCI Express 2.0 1×16/1×1, 4x DDR2-533 – DDR2-800/AM2+ 1066 (max. 8GB RAM)

+++ 1x Floppy, 1x UDMA133, 6x SATA II RAID, 1x serial (optional), 2x PS/2, onBoard 10/100/1000 Mbps base-T Ethernet PCIE LAN (Realtek RTL8111C), 10x USB 2.0 (4x of them internal, Slot brackets are not contained in package), 2x IEEE1394a (400 MBit/s, 1x of them internal, Slot bracket is not contained in package), 1x WiFi Socket (Slot bracket is not contained in package), DeskExpress Hot Plug IR1 (optional), 6-Channel ALC662 onboard 5.1 Sound with 3x 3.5 mm connectors (1x int. Aux, ext. Line out, ext. Line in, ext. Mic, or 5.1, HDMI SPDIF), 1x VGA, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI (with DVI to HDMI adapter), 1x DisplayPort (ASRock DisplayPort card included) and 2x fan connectors.

Vcore +++ BIOS between 0.80 V and 1.40 V in steps of 0.025 Volt (AM2+ 1.25V; depends on the CPU)
Multiplier ++++ BIOS between 4x and 25x (max multi depends on the CPU) and 1x to 5x HT
Host Frequency ++++ BIOS between 150 and 500 MHz (PCIe 75 – 200 MHz)
VIO/VDD +++ VMem (DDR2 Voltage) 1.80 – 2.20 Volt, PCIe 1.8 – 1.9 Volt, NB 1.10 – 1.20 Volt
Performance**** ++++ Benchmark ratings with AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Orleans Processor. 1x Gigabyte GV-NX66T128VP Nvidia 6600 GT PCIe graphic card: 8261 points with 3DMark 2003
Manual and Labeling

++ Complete motherboard description, especially for a Micro ATX layout. Except the often-mentioned missing BIOS section, it’s a detailed manual in different languages e.g. German, English, etc. Small devaluation of the manual, because the BIOS is explained only in the manual on the CDROM, which doesn’t help if you are in the BIOS.