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Gigabyte A75M-D2H and A75-UD4H Motherboard Review

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Specifications:


APU

FM1 Socket:ŠŠ
- AMD A series processors/AMD E2 series processors
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest APU support list.)
Chipset
AMD A75
Memory
4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memoryŠŠ

*Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
Dual channel memory architectureŠŠ
Support for DDR3 2400 (O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modulesŠ
Š
*The 1866 MHz (or above) memory speed is supported only when one or two DDR3 1866 MHz (or above) DIMMs are installed. It is not supported when four DIMMs are installed. (Dual channel memory mode must be enabled when installing two DIMMs.)
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest supported memory speeds and memory modules.)
Onboard Graphics
APU:ŠŠ
- 1 x D-Sub port
- 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600
         * The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
          *The resolution of 2560x1600 is supported only when Dual Link DVI mode is enabled.
- 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200
- 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600
(All integrated graphics ports do not support Hot plug. If you want to change to another graphics port when the computer is on, be sure to turn off the computer first.)
Audio
-Realtek ALC889 codecŠŠ
-High Definition AudioŠŠ
-2/4/5.1/7.1-channelŠŠ
-Support for DolbyŠŠ® Home Theater
-Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
-1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)ŠŠ
       * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the   PCIEX16 slot.           
-1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
-3 x PCI Express x1 slotsŠŠ
(All PCI Express slots conform to the PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
-2 x PCI slots
Multi-Graphics Technology
Support for AMD CrossFireX™ technologyŠŠ
        *The PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode when AMD CrossFireX™ is enabled.
Support for AMD Dual Graphics technologyŠŠ
          *Only A series APUs support AMD Dual Graphics.
Storage Interface
Chipset:ŠŠ
- 5 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 5 SATA 6Gb/s devices
- 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 6Gb/s device
         *Actual transfer rate is dependent on the device being connected.
- Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD
USB
Chipset:ŠŠ
- Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 8 ports available through the internal USB headers)
- Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
2 x Etron EJ168 chips:ŠŠ
- Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
IEEE 1394
VIA VT6308ŠŠ chip:
- Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Internal Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connectorŠŠ
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectorŠŠ
5 x SATA 6Gb/s connectorsŠŠ
1 x APU fan headerŠŠ
2 x system fan headersŠŠ
1 x power fan headerŠŠ
1 x front panel headerŠŠ
1 x front panel audio headerŠŠ
1 x S/PDIF Out headerŠŠ
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headersŠŠ
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headersŠŠ
1 x IEEE 1394a headerŠŠ
1 x serial port headerŠŠ
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) headerŠŠ
1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse portŠŠ
1 x D-Sub portŠŠ
1 x DVI-D portŠŠ
1 x HDMI portŠŠ
1 x DisplayPortŠŠ
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connectorŠŠ
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 portsŠŠ
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 portsŠŠ
1 x IEEE 1394a headerŠŠ
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s portŠŠ
1 x RJ-45 portŠŠ
6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker ŠŠOut/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
iTE IT8720 chip
Hardware Monitor
-System voltage detectionŠŠ
-APU/System temperature detectionŠŠ
-APU/System/Power fan speed detectionŠŠ
-APU overheating warningŠŠ
-APU/System/Power fan fail warningŠŠ
-APU/System fan speed control ŠŠ
*Whether the APU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the APU/system cooler you install.

BIOS
-2 x 32 Mbit flashŠŠ
-Use of licensed AWARD BIOSŠŠ
-Support for DualBIOSŠŠ™
-PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features
Support for @BIOSŠŠ
Support for Q-FlashŠŠ
Support for Xpress BIOS RescueŠŠ
Support for Download CenterŠŠ
Support for Xpress InstallŠŠ
Support for Xpress Recovery2ŠŠ
Support for EasyTune ŠŠ
        *Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
Support for Smart RecoveryŠŠ
Support for Auto GreenŠŠ
Support for ON/OFF ChargeŠŠ
Support for 3TB+ UnlockŠŠ
Support for Q-Share
Bundled Software
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
Support for MicrosoftŠŠ® Windows 7/Vista/XP
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

 

Features:

  • AMD A-Series APU Support  GIGABYTE A75 series boards feature an AMD A75 'Hudson' chipset supporting the latest 32 nm AMD A-Series APUs (Accelerated Processor Units). These processors are the first ever to combine a DX11-capable, high performance graphics processor with a choice of a dual or quad core CPU in one silicon die, offering a 3D gaming and multimedia experience similar to a discrete graphics configuration. The AMD A75 series platform showcases AMD Dual Graphics technology, allowing users to further boost 3D graphics performance by adding an additional discrete AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card to the system.
  • AMD CrossFireX Supported Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to 2 VGA cards are supported for 2 way AMD CrossFireX (running at x8, x8 bandwidth), delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.
  • Super Safe All GIGABYTE Super4 motherboards boast specific features that guard against system malfunction and ensure extended system longevity, including GIGABYTE DualBIOS to ensure that you never experience system failure due to BIOS corruption. Additionally, each USB port has its own dedicated power fuse that prevents unwanted USB port failure, helping to safe guard your important data during transfer. All Super4 motherboards also use Solid Capacitors design that guarantee system longevity with a minimum 50,000 hrs lifespan.
  • Super Speed GIGABYTE Super Speed ensures that you’re always on the cusp of PC performance, data transfer and device charging speeds. GIGABYTE’s unique Ultra Durable series technology makes sure that your AMD processor is running at optimal performance levels, while GIGABYTE 3x USB power means better device compatibility and also allows iPad, iPhone and iPod devices to charge up to 40% faster. AMD A-series motherboards come with new generation APU able to provide ultimate DX11 graphics performance and additional up to 45% enhanced by AMD Dual Graphics technology.
  • Super Savings All GIGABYTE Super4 motherboards are equipped with the very best quality components that ensure that you PC is running at maximum power efficiency. Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs reduce energy wastage through unnecessary residual heat dissipation. This all amounts to tangible energy savings which are beneficial for both end-users and the environment without impacting system performance.
  • Super Sound As the HD multimedia revolution continues to gain momentum, so too must hardware standards in audio quality. All GIGABYTE Super4 motherboards offer excellent 7.1 surround sound audio backed by a proprietary converter that is able to achieve 108dB noise ratio (SNR) playback quality. This means that users will enjoy a better audio experience with lower levels of noise and hiss when enjoying the latest HD content.

 

 

 

All information courtesy of Gigabyte Technology @ http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3930#ov




  1. Introduction & Closer Look: A75-UD4H
  2. Closer Look: A75-UD4H (Continued)
  3. Introduction & Closer Look: A75M-D2H
  4. Closer Look: A75M-D2H (Continued)
  5. Closer Look: Software and Utilities
  6. Closer Look: The BIOS
  7. Specifications & Features: A75-UD4H
  8. Specifications & Features: A75M-D2H
  9. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  10. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  11. Testing: Office 2007, POV-Ray, HandBrake
  12. Testing: SiSoft Sandra, AIDA 64
  13. Testing: Cinebench, HD Tune, PCMark 7
  14. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  15. Testing: Civilization V
  16. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  17. Testing: 3DMark 11
  18. CrossFire on the Gigabyte A75-UD4H
  19. Conclusion
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