Decent mid-priced motherboard with atrocious documentation
I did not buy this motherboard from outletpc, but i hope outletpc will publish my review as a warning to their customers. For 20 years or more i've bought and recommended asus motherboards above all else, but the m5a78l-m plus/usb3 may be my last. Why? Because no matter how good this motherboard turns out to be, the documentation supplied with it is abominable.To begin with, the manual contains no pin diagram for the panel header where i had to connect the power switch, reset button, and case leds; nothing but a qr code. I scanned that code and got a generic manual showing pinouts for 4 different panel headers, 2 tpm headers, a dmic header, intel jumper settings, serial port riser, and so on: 18 pages of mostly irrelevant or redundant material hiding the few indispensable details i came looking for. This is a waste of my time.Worse yet, the wretched user's guide includes no instructions for updating the bios. Yup, it's another qr code; this took me to a webpage entirely in chinese. Clicking the big green button i was able to download a bios instruction manual (miraculously in english!) that applies only to uefi bios, nothing to do with this board's ami bios. So i still don't know how to flash my new board's bios, simply because asus were too lazy to put instructions in the box where they belong.There's a third qr code in the manual as well, supposedly pointing to bios faqs. I scanned that one and got "oops, we can't find that page." three strikes and you're out, asus. Your slovenly "documentation" of this board shows pure contempt for your customers; why should i ever buy from you again?