While both the ASRock A780FullDisplayPort and ECS A780GM-A v1.0 motherboards are virtually identical, the ASRock motherboard had shown a slight lead in a number of the pcqs-motherboard tests. ASRock was on top, but the performance wasn't dramatically different. The DisplayPort connection on the ASRock motherboard is a nice touch, but that will limit you to using the proprietary fglrx driver at this point. The other video output connections include DVI, VGA, and there is an included DVI to HDMI adapter, which is more than the ECS motherboard offering a lone analog VGA source. From our benchmarks of the Radeon HD 3200 / 780G, the performance of this IGP is comparable to the Radeon HD 2400PRO. For those interested in this chipset for a media system, it does have AMD's Unified Video Decoder (UVD), but this feature isn't supported under Linux by any driver, at least not yet. Hybrid CrossFire is another feature missing from the ATI Linux drivers. At the end of the day, with six Serial ATA 2.0 connectors, DisplayPort, Firewire, Gigabit ethernet, and Radeon HD 3200 graphics all at a price of ~$80 USD, this is one of ASRock's most impressive products yet. If you are looking for a micro ATX 780G motherboard, the ASRock A780FullDisplayPort is worth seriously considering.
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Phoronix Product Rating: 8 / 10