Friday, March 24th 2017

GIGABYTE Intros A320-DS3 and A320M-HD2 Socket AM4 Motherboards

GIGABYTE introduced one of the first ATX form-factor motherboard based on AMD's new entry-level chipset for socket AM4 processors, the A320-DS3. The company also launched the micro-ATX A320M-HD2. Besides a slim feature-set, the A320 chipset lacks support CPU overclocking, making these boards better suited for the 7th generation A-series "Bristol Ridge" APUs than the unlocked Ryzen "Summit Ridge" processors, although they do come with Ryzen support out of the box.

Besides one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, the A320-DS3 features a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 (x16) slot, and two each of gen 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI slots. You also get two DDR4 DIMM slots, two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 type-A ports, 6-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, and display outputs that include DVI and D-Sub. The A320M-HD2, on the other hand, features two PCIe gen 2.0 x1 slots, besides a legacy PCI slot, and the gen 3.0 x16 slot. Most of its feature-set is similar to its ATX sibling, except it also offers an HDMI display output. Expect sub-$80 pricing for the two.
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11 Comments on GIGABYTE Intros A320-DS3 and A320M-HD2 Socket AM4 Motherboards

#1
hojnikb
Any word on bristol ridge retail release ?
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#2
dj-electric
Im guessing the power delivery system will make these more expensive to make than say H110 boards. I just hope to see a good 60$ board soon to serve as a replacement for the H110M-K and H110M-S2H soon
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oxidized
The fact of putting PCIE 1x slots AFTER the 16x is really frustrating, literally if i buy a normally sized GPU and i also put my audio card, the audio card is going to block a decent part of airflow of gpu's fans, and this also happens if i put it a the last slot. Why can't they always have a 1x before a 16x? :rolleyes:
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#4
owen10578
Dj-ElectriC, post: 3625723, member: 87186"
Im guessing the power delivery system will make these more expensive to make than say H110 boards. I just hope to see a good 60$ board soon to serve as a replacement for the H110M-K and H110M-S2H soon
I don't see why it should its TDP is the same as Intel's highest end LGA 1151 chip give or take a few watts. Its when you overclock that the power goes through the roof and this can't overclock...so...
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#5
ironwolf
That uATX board is exactly what I have been looking for when I get ready to start building APU-based systems for my el-cheapo clients. :laugh:
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#6
RejZoR
Almost forgot how motherboards look without heatsinks over VRM's...
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#7
hojnikb
owen10578, post: 3625801, member: 165994"
I don't see why it should its TDP is the same as Intel's highest end LGA 1151 chip give or take a few watts. Its when you overclock that the power goes through the roof and this can't overclock...so...
TDP means jack shit. AM4 has tighter voltage tolerances along with an additional phase required for chipset functions, so VRM section will always be more expensive on am4 than on 1151.
This is also evident when intel switched from 1150 to 1151. Because 1151 doesn't have FIVR anymore, vrms have more work to do, so it makes them more expensive.
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Caring1
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The fact of putting PCIE 1x slots AFTER the 16x is really frustrating, literally if i buy a normally sized GPU and i also put my audio card, the audio card is going to block a decent part of airflow of gpu's fans, and this also happens if i put it a the last slot. Why can't they always have a 1x before a 16x? :rolleyes:
Probably because most people prioritize Video cards and are very happy with the onboard audio.
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oxidized
Caring1, post: 3626904, member: 153156"
Probably because most people prioritize Video cards and are very happy with the onboard audio.
Yeah ok, but i don't think anyone would mind a x1 slot before the x16
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
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The fact of putting PCIE 1x slots AFTER the 16x is really frustrating, literally if i buy a normally sized GPU and i also put my audio card, the audio card is going to block a decent part of airflow of gpu's fans, and this also happens if i put it a the last slot. Why can't they always have a 1x before a 16x? :rolleyes:
Currently I like two slots between PCIe x16 and PCI, but only because I have a PCI soundcard.

I haven't seen any overclockable mATX boards with a PCI slot. :( It doesn't matter as I really have no money to upgrade, but one can always dream.
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#11
oxidized
Frick, post: 3626933, member: 23907"
Currently I like two slots between PCIe x16 and PCI, but only because I have a PCI soundcard.

I haven't seen any overclockable mATX boards with a PCI slot. :( It doesn't matter as I really have no money to upgrade, but one can always dream.
tomahawk from msi should, but i'm not sure they're all mATX
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