Asus M4A785D-M Pro review

  • £58

A micro-ATX mobo for that media centre you said you were going to build

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Our Verdict

A great board if you're looking to build a cost effective system or a little media centre PC

For

  • Onboard GPU
  • Micro-ATX form factor
  • Good value
  • HDMI port

Against

  • Only one PCI-e port
  • Graphics card overclocking doesn't work

Less than 60 squidgies for an AM3 muffboard? You're paving a taugh! As you can see, my command of cockney rhyming slang is slightly lacking.Note to self: don't do that again.

The Asus M4A785D-M Pro motherboard is of the Micro ATX variety, so it's great for wee little media (or meeja) centre PCs.

It's also got that whole AMD backwards and forwards compatibility thing going on, so you can potentially build a PC for very few pennies. Or jennies.

The single PCI-e form factor negates any CrossFire or SLI action, but you can fire it up in hybrid SLI mode, which means that graphical data is shared between your graphics card, and the onboard GPU. Clever stuff, but it didn't make a huge difference to performance.

HDMI output

The motherboard's also got the full roster of HDMI, VGA and DVI ports meaning you could almost forget about a graphics card and install the manboob in a really slim case, if you want.

If you do want to install a card, though, Asus has included a feature where you can overclock your pixel-pushing powerhouse from the BIOS. We had no luck getting it to work. It requires you to input an arbitrary number between one and 1,500, which is said to overclock the card. But it didn't increase our frame rates at all.

As with Asus' other boards, it's easy to overclock the CPU, and it comes with the SplashTop instant-on OS. It's perfect for a slightly gamey media centre PC, but we wouldn't want it in a proper gaming desktop.

At this price, though, it's a really good investment.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset Model785G
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Onboard VideoOn-board Video Chipset
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorMicro ATX
Processor SupportedAthlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon II X2, Athlon X2, Phenom II X2, Phenom II X3, Phenom II X4, Phenom X3, Phenom X4, Phenom II, Sempron
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory16 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots2
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD4200
Graphics Controller Memory512 MB
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of IDE Interfaces1
Number of SATA Interfaces6
HyperTransport Speed2600 MHz
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots4
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports4
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports3
Total Number of PCI Express Slots2
Processor TechnologyHyperTransport Technology
Width243.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelM4A785D-M PRO
Product NameM4A785D-M PRO Desktop Board
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Manufacturer Part Number90-MIB920-G0EAY00Z
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

The M4A785D-M PRO Desktop Board delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards. This motherboard supports AMD AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. This motherboard also supports AMD CPUs in the new 45nm manufacturing process.

Package Contents
  • M4A785D-M PRO Desktop Board
  • 2 x Serial ATA Cables
  • 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 Cable
  • 1 x I/O Shield
  • User Manual
  • Support DVD
Limited Warranty3 Year