Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Budget FM2 Motherboard

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Since our last Gigabyte motherboard review (the P67A-UD4), they've followed suit with competitors like ASUS, updating to a UEFI BIOS with a fancied graphical user interface.

The F2A75M-D3H doesn't have a ton of options so some of the menus look a bit sparse. For example, the voltage and frequency settings have only a few items but they're placed on separate pages. It would not only look better but also be more convenient if they were grouped together.

BIOS Summary: Gigabyte F2A75M-D3H
BLCK/PCIe Clock 100 to 140 MHz
Graphics Clock 300 to 2000 MHz
NB Clock 800 to 6000 MHz
Memory Frequency 800 to 3360 MHz
CPU Vcore Up to +0.300 V
NB Core Up to +0.300 V
DRAM Voltage 1.200 to 1.900 V
Memory Timing Options Advanced
UMA Frame Buffer 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB

Compared to enthusiast class boards, the settings available are very simplistic and the limits on voltage are a bit restrictive and there's no undervolting at all. The BLCK clock can only be raised up by 40 MHz over stock but anything more might actually be dangerous for the hardware as it's tied to the PCIe clock. As a result, it's probably not possible to raise the BLCK frequency to a substantial level without creating instability, making overclocking, at least with a locked non-K series chip, very difficult.

Fan control settings are available for all three fan headers. There are two presets, "Normal" and "Silent", as well as a manual mode which allows users to adjust the slope from 0.75 to 2.50 PWM value / C in 0.25 increments. Unfortunately you can't define maximum/minimum temperatures or fan speeds from this menu.

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