38a vrz Gigabyte Intros A55M S2V FM1 Shoestring Budget Motherboard

Gigabyte expanded its socket FM1 motherboard lineup with a new micro-ATX board that would just about cut it for entry-level home and business PCs that can harness the AMD A-Series accelerated processing units, especially the awesome graphics cores they embed. The A55M-S2V from Gigabyte is a no-frills motherboard that doesn't go an inch beyond what the AMD A55 chipset offers.

Gigabyte expanded its socket FM1 motherboard lineup with a new micro-ATX board that would just about cut it for entry-level home and business PCs that can harness the AMD A-Series accelerated processing units (APUs), especially the awesome graphics cores they embed. The A55M-S2V from Gigabyte is a no-frills motherboard that doesn't go an inch beyond what the AMD A55 chipset offers.

38a vrz Gigabyte Intros A55M S2V FM1 Shoestring Budget Motherboard

The A55M-S2V comes in a slim micro-ATX form-factor, and features a 100% solid-state (conductive polymer) capacitor design. Then there's Gigabyte's dual-BIOS technology that protects against bad BIOS updates. Together these two make the board Ultra Durable 1 specifications-compliant. The FM1 socket seats AMD A-Series APUs, it is powered by a 4-phase VRM, it is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots supporting dual-channel DDR3-1866 MHz memory, and a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 graphics slot. Other expansion slots include two PCIe x1 and one legacy PCI.

All six SATA ports are internal, and offer SATA 3 Gbps data-rate. Display ouputs include DVI and D-Sub (VGA). 6-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet make for the rest of the package. There are no USB 3.0 ports, but there are four USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel, along with four ports via headers, next to serial (COM) headers, and TPM support. The Award BIOS bundled features what Gigabyte calls "HybridEFI", which lets the system boot from volumes bigger than 2.2 TB.

Expect a sub-$100 price point.

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