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Gigabyte F2A75M-D3H review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 56
inc VAT

Okay for a budget board, but it has a dated BIOS

Specifications

FM2, MicroATX, AMD A75 chipset, supports: AMD 2nd gen A-series

http://www.dabs.com
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The overclocking options are pretty comprehensive. You can adjust the frequency of the front-side bus, the chipset, the CPU and the RAM, but the BIOS’s poor interface makes this a more laborious task than it needs to be. You can also adjust the voltages of the CPU and RAM and chipset. We overclocked the CPU and RAM of our test setup to 4.2GHz and 1866MHz respectively, and scored 68 overall in our re-run multimedia benchmarks. Even with such a conservative overclock applied, the system certainly felt quicker and more responsive.

Gigabyte F2A75M-D3H

As this is a Micro ATX motherboard, there isn’t that much room for expansion. The six SATA3 ports mean you don’t have to shuffle your cables around when you buy a newer, faster drive, but the F2A75M-D3H only has one PCI-E x16 slot, one PCI-E x16 slot running at x4, a PCI-E x1 slot and a legacy PCI slot. Again, this is typical arrangement for a Micro ATX motherboard, but its small form factor means you’ll lose the single PCI-E x1 slot if you install a dual-slot graphics card. The legacy PCI slot is handy if you have you’re bringing I/O cards across from your old PC, but we’d rather lose that and have an extra x1 slot so that we could install a USB3 slot.

The Gigabyte F2A75M-D3H is a decent board around which to build a Trinity-based media or small form-factor PC, but enthusiasts would be better off either paying more for the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 or slightly less for the MSI FM2-A75MA-E35.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor socket FM2
Form factor MicroATX
Size 244x244mmmm
Processor support AMD 2nd gen A-series
Processor external bus 100MHz
Chipset north bridge AMD A75
Chipset south bridge AMD A75
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics No
Supported memory type DDR3 1066, 1333, 1600, 1866
Maximum memory speed PC3-15000
Memory slots 4
Maximum memory 64GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £56
Supplier http://www.dabs.com
Details uk.gigabyte.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 2
Dual graphics architecture CrossFire
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 1
PCI slots 1
Fan headers 2
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 0
Serial ATA ports 0
RAID chipset (max disks) AMD A75 (6x SATA III, RAID 0, 1, 10)

Features

Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC887 (optical S/PDIF, 3x analogue)
USB2 ports / headers 6/3
Firewire ports / headers 0
Legacy ports parallel header, serial header
Other ports VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, 1x PS2 port
Cables included 2x SATA
Brackets included none
Software included Norton Internet Security (OEM Edition)

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM
CPU clock max adjustment 140MHz

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