Wednesday, July 17th 2013

GIGABYTE Intros F2A75M-DS2 Entry-level Socket FM2 Motherboard

GIGABYTE rolled out its newest entry-level socket FM2 motherboard, the F2A75M-DS2. With it, GIGABYTE established AMD A75 chipset and black PCB color as the new baseline for its AMD platform motherboards. Built in the compact micro-ATX form-factor measuring 174 x 226 mm, the motherboard seats AMD A-series APUs and Athlon processors in the FM2 package, with out of the box support for A-series "Richland" APUs.

The F2A75M-DS2 draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, a 4+1 phase VRM powers the APU socket, which is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR3-2133 MHz memory; and a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot. A PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI make for the rest of its expansion. Display outputs include dual-link DVI and D-Sub. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s ports from the A75 FCH. Four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel two by header), 6-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo, and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports make for the rest of the connectivity. The board is driven by AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, backed by GIGABYTE's dual-UEFI technology. Expect this one to go for around $60.
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6 Comments on GIGABYTE Intros F2A75M-DS2 Entry-level Socket FM2 Motherboard

#1
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
Holy crap, "entry-level" is right. I've seen m-itx boards that are far more feature-packed...
I suppose for building an office PC or the like this would be perfect.
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WaroDaBeast
by: Random Murderer
Holy crap, "entry-level" is right. I've seen m-itx boards that are far more feature-packed...
I suppose for building an office PC or the like this would be perfect.
It'd be good a for a home server, what with the maximum amount of memory you can put on it. But yeah, I wouldn't try to overclock anything with it.
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#3
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
by: WaroDaBeast
It'd be good a for a home server, what with the maximum amount of memory you can put on it. But yeah, I wouldn't try to overclock anything with it.
Good point on the RAM part, but good luck finding 32GB DIMMs.
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#4
WaroDaBeast
by: Random Murderer
Good point on the RAM part, but good luck finding 32GB DIMMs.
True that. :P
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#5
erocker
Mini ITX motherboards should be required to have heatsinks on the hotter motherboard components.
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#6
Assimilator
mATX is 244x244mm, mITX is 170x170mm, so this board @ 176x226mm essentially sits between both form factors - hence 3 instead of 4 expansion slots.
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