Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Mainstream FM1 Motherboard

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The A75M-UD2H is laid out similarly to previous AM3 microATX boards. Most of the connectors are placed at the edges of the board where they are easily accessed though the 4-pin AUX12V connector is in the top left corner, making it a pain to connect in cases with top-mounted power supplies.

The only noticeable difference between the A75M-UD2H and previous Gigabyte microATX AM3 motherboards is the elimination of the Northbridge chip, allowing the APU socket to sit a little lower than usual.

The board sports an all solid-state capacitor design, five SATA ports, two PCI-E 16x slots (the second one runs at 4x though), FireWire, and USB 3.0 with an onboard header located under the FCH (chipset) heatsink.

The area around the socket is cleanly arranged but like past AMD boards the memory slots are a little too close for comfort. If a large third party heatsink will be installed, memory with high heatspreaders should be avoided as they may cause interference.

The plastic retention bracket has been slimmed down, but AM2/AM3 heatsink compatibility remains. The pin array has been changed with FM1's 905 pins arranged around a small rectangular hole at the center.

All the common display options are available on the rear panel: VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. S/PDIF, FireWire, eSATA, and USB 3.0 connectors are also offered.

The chipset heatsink is held on with spring-loaded screws while the VRM heatsink is secured with plastic pushpins. The backplate appears to be identical to those on AM3 models.

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