J&W RS780UVD-AM2+ mATX Motherboard
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-20-2008
Provided by: Computer Geeks
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A Closer Look


The RS780UVD comes in an attractive, full-color box with features and specs printed on the back. Inside is a full-size, color installation guide, very impressive for a motherboard manufacturer.


Other accessories include a user manual, I/O back plate, IDE and Floppy ribbon cables, driver/software CD, SATA data and power cables and an SPDIF audio bracket.


For a micro ATX board, the J&W sure has a lot of features packed on. There's a full PCIe 2.0 slot in addition to the Radeon 3200-based onboard graphics, complete with 64Mb of SidePort memory. There's also an IDE and Floppy connectors, although only two PCI slots and no secondary PCIe such as a simple 1x. The passive heatsink-cooled 4-phase power is fed from an 8-pin EPS connector and the CPU socket has been turned sideways, along with the DIMM slots, in order to squeeze everything in place.


On the rear, only a PS2 connector for the keyboard is provided, although there are four USB 2.0 ports to connect a mouse. A Gigabit RJ45 jack provides network connectivity and the onboard 7.1 channel sound has the usual six jacks as well as HDMI. Both DVI and VGA are provided for video connection. Finally there is an LED diagnostics display capable of showing POST error codes.


The CMOS jumper and battery are located in a tight spot between the chipset sink, CPU socket and rear I/O ports. Once the motherboard is installed with CPU cooler and video card it will be tough to get to. There's also no analog CD-IN audio connector onboard.


The voltage regulator heatsink is a bit on the small side but anything is better than nothing at all. There is also 8-pin EPS power for the CPU. The DIMM slots on the 780G are staggered as indicated by their color, meaning that in order to operate a pair of modules in dual channel mode they must be installed one slot apart. This can be beneficial for memory modules with large cooling attachments but bad if you happen to have an oversized CPU cooler.

Next let's take a look at some of the BIOS options.


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