Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Gigabyte Rolls Out a Pair of Socket AM1 Motherboards

Gigabyte unveiled a pair of socket AM1 (FS1b) motherboards for AMD A-Series and E-Series "Kabini" APUs, and upcoming Athlon and Sempron-branded CPUs based on the same silicon. The lineup begins with the AM1M-S2H, which offers a basic mix of modern and legacy connectivity; including a combination of HDMI and D-Sub display outputs. The AM1M-S2P is based on a similar board design, but offers a lot more legacy connectivity options, including LPT and COM. Both boards offer a PCI-Express 2.0 x16, PCIe x1, and legacy PCI expansion slots, a pair of DDR3 DIMM slots, each; and are built in the narrow micro-ATX form-factor. Prices are expected to be around the $50 mark.
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18 Comments on Gigabyte Rolls Out a Pair of Socket AM1 Motherboards

#1
IvantheDugtrio
Any details on the differences between AM1 and FM2+?
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#2
Jetster
AM1 has the chipset integrated into the CPU as well as the graphics. Pretty bold move. Quad-core A4-5350, with 1.60 GHz clock speed, 2 MB of cache, and 25W TDP
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#3
IvantheDugtrio
So it's a socketed SOC. Interesting, though mATX is a little big for this sort of thing.
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#5
IvantheDugtrio
Jetster said:
Is that a parallel port?

Yes it is...http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4906#sp

Are they using old parts or is there a use for parallel ports I'm not aware of?
Maybe for embedded applications. I know serial is still popular with some systems even though USB has been around since forever.

Also serial is probably cheaper to manufacture and simpler to use with drivers and devices.
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#6
flemeister
Jetster said:
Are they using old parts or is there a use for parallel ports I'm not aware of?
Old hardware that cost big time money, and it's more cost effective to get a new motherboard with legacy ports, than to replace the expensive hardware. Or something along those lines. I guess a serial/parallel-port-to-USB adapter would have to be incompatible/unsuitable as well?
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#7
IvantheDugtrio
flemeister said:
Old hardware that cost big time money, and it's more cost effective to get a new motherboard with legacy ports, than to replace the expensive hardware. Or something along those lines. I guess a serial/parallel-port-to-USB adapter would have to be incompatible/unsuitable as well?
Most COM/LPT ports today use internal USB adapters or PCIe adapters so I'm sure they're just there for the convenience of the end users.

Again embedded applications may not have room or design requirements may not allow for an external USB to serial/LPT adapter.
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#8
LTUGamer
AM1M-S2H caps sucks :banghead:
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#9
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
nanoITX and dual nics pleeeaaaase.
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#10
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
Jetster said:
Is that a parallel port?

Yes it is...http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4906#sp

Are they using old parts or is there a use for parallel ports I'm not aware of?
embedded industrial machines communicate with the production line with serial and parallel ports.
most machinery are old and hence they still require these.
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#11
IvantheDugtrio
Frick said:
nanoITX and dual nics pleeeaaaase.
This.
A tiny computer with 2 NICs would make for the perfect pfSense router, among other things.
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#12
vinibali
LTUGamer said:
AM1M-S2H caps sucks :banghead:
they've had a few tons at stock.... :)
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#13
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
It looks like the PCI-E x16 slot only runs at x4.

Any word on prices and specs for the processors?
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#14
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Frick said:
nanoITX and dual nics pleeeaaaase.
IvantheDugtrio said:
This.
A tiny computer with 2 NICs would make for the perfect pfSense router, among other things.
Bold? No. This is bold and is probably what you two are thinking would be awesome. Who needs integrated graphics when it's a router, a nas, or both. I'd rather have an 8-core SoC for that kind of job. :cool:
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#15
IvantheDugtrio
Aquinus said:
Bold? No. This is bold and is probably what you two are thinking would be awesome. Who needs integrated graphics when it's a router, a nas, or both. I'd rather have an 8-core SoC for that kind of job. :cool:
And then there's the Newegg price tag: $373

If only there were a hardware template for an open source router.
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
IvantheDugtrio said:
And then there's the Newegg price tag: $373

If only there were a hardware template for an open source router.
Yeah, but they're not cheap CPUs. Take a look at SuperMicro's boards. They utilize all of the C2750's 4 NIC PHYs. The 2750 is an 8-core SoC. Are you expecting a low price? :p The CPU alone costs something like ~170 USD and that little mini-itx board is loaded full of SATA. I think the cost for what it is makes sense. You also don't need 8 cores for strictly routing. :)
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#17
micropage7
LTUGamer said:
AM1M-S2H caps sucks :banghead:
its pretty classic and for that price its ok
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#18
LTUGamer
micropage7 said:
its pretty classic and for that price its ok
Classic looking is OK. But everything it is not about looking. And why they are green, not black?

The point that cheap motherboards must have less features, not less quality

Cheapest available motherboard: http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H61M-VG3/ All caps are solid despite that this motherboard is quite old
Cheapest available LGA 1150 motherboard: http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H81M-VG4/ . All caps also solid. So price is not good argument to explain shity caps
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