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Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H review

Andrew Unsworth
1 Feb 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
53
inc VAT

A bargain FM2+ board, but it has few USB3 ports and expansion slots.

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Specifications

FM2+, microATX, A88X chipset, supports: Trinity, Richland, Kaveri APUs

If you’re desperate for AMD’s brand-new A10-7850K “Kaveri” processor you’ll need a motherboard to go with it, and the Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H, with its budget price, could be just the motherboard you need.

The F2A88XM-D3H is a microATX FM2+ board compatible with not just the latest Kaveri processors but older FM2 processors too. This means you can upgrade to the F2A88XM-D3H now if you already have an FM2-compatible processor and then upgrade the processor to a Kaveri chip at a later date.

Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H

Although the F2A88XM-D3H is a microATX motherboard, it has all the features that most users will need. There are four memory slots into which you can press a maximum RAM capacity of 64GB. Even better, the F2A88XM-D3H supports memory speeds up to 2,400MHz, which is comforting given the better on-chip graphics performance afforded by faster memory.

The F2A88XM-D3H also has a whopping eight SATA3 ports, which is more than enough for even the most dedicated disk hoarder, and you can be sure that all your drives will be working at the highest potential.

Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H

The F2A88XM-D3H is a compact motherboard, measuring just 244x244mm, so there’s predictably little room for expansion. However, the board does have two PCI Express x16 slots that support CrossFire. Bear in mind, though, that only the first PCI-E x16 slot conforms to the PCI Express 3.0 standard. The second x16 slot conforms to the PCI Express 2.0 standard and runs at x4.

The board also has a single x1 slot, which is ideal for adding USB3 and LAN cards, for example, and a single legacy PCI slot for installing older expansion cards such as TV tuners. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to access the x1 slot if you use a dual-slot graphics card.

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