Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Mainstream FM1 Motherboard

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Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Mainstream FM1 Motherboard

July 11, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Gigabyte A75M-UD2H
FM1 microATX Motherboard
Manufacturer
Gigabyte
Street Price
US$100

Earlier this month AMD made a splash by launching Llano for the desktop, a socket/platform (FM1) for their newly improved line of APUs featuring K10 based processing cores and low-end DirectX 11 graphics grafted onto the same package. This combination turned out to be a more balanced all-in-one integrated solution than Sandy Bridge as Intel's HD 3000/2000 onboard graphics simply couldn't compete in 3D performance.

AMD's current flagship APU, the A8-3850 is a pretty solid value, boasting a quad core CPU component running at 2.9 GHz and graphics that compete with the Radeon HD 5570 all for US$135. Intel doesn't have a quad core anywhere near that price-point, with or without an integrated graphics chip. The new APU is also capable of Dual Graphics, essentially teaming up with a discrete HD 6450, 6570, or 6670 card in CrossFire.


Chipset block diagram.

The supported motherboards that have been released thus far complement the modest pricing of these new APUs nicely. Boards based on the A75 chipset can be found for as low as US$70 and support a wide variety of amenities including native USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbps, and FIS port multiplier switching (for multi-bay eSATA enclosures/docks). If you don't need all those fancy features, you may want to wait for boards based on the less advanced A55 chipset which should cost even less.


The box.

Our first FM1 motherboard sample is the Gigabyte A75M-UD2H, a mainstream microATX model that is both feature-rich and affordable. It sports USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps of course thanks to the A75 chipset, but also offers an all solid-state capacitor design, eSATA, FireWire, and both HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, all for a street price of just US$100. We've browsed around checking boards from the various manufacturers and this one seems to pack the most bang-for-your-buck, something Gigabyte is known for.


Package contents (APU not included).

While packed with plenty of features the package itself is quite basic with just manuals, a driver disc, I/O shield and four SATA cables included.

Gigabyte A75M-UD2H : Specifications
(from the product web page)
APU FM1 Socket: 1. AMD A series & E2 series processors(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)
Chipset 1. AMD A75 chipset
Memory 1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory (Note 1)
2. Dual channel memory architecture
3. Support for DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules (Note 2)(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
Onboard Graphics APU: 1. 1 x D-Sub port
2. 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 (Note 3) (Note 4)
3. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200
4. 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 1. Realtek ALC889 codec
2. High Definition Audio
3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater
5. Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN 1. 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots 1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) (Note 5)
2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
3. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
4. (All PCI Express slots conform to the PCI Express 2.0 standard.) 1 x PCI slot
Multi-Graphics Technology 1. Support for AMD Dual Graphics technology
2. Only A series APU support AMD Dual Graphics. Support for AMD CrossFireX technology
Storage Interface Chipset: 1. 5 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 5 SATA 6Gb/s devices
2. 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 6Gb/s device (Note 6)
3. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD
USB Chipset: 1. Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
2. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
IEEE 1394 VIA VT6308 chip: 1. Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Internal I/O Connectors 1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
2. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
3. 5 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
4. 1 x APU fan header
5. 1 x system fan header
6. 1 x power fan header
7. 1 x front panel header
8. 1 x front panel audio header
9. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
10. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
11. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
12. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
13. 1 x serial port header
14. 1 x parallel port header
15. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
16. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors 1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
2. 1 x D-Sub port
3. 1 x DVI-D port
4. 1 x HDMI port
5. 1 x DisplayPort
6. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
7. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
9. 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port
10. 1 x RJ-45 port
11. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller 1. iTE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring 1. System voltage detection
2. APU/System temperature detection
3. APU/System fan speed detection
4. APU overheating warning
5. APU/System fan fail warning
6. APU/System fan speed control (Note 7)
BIOS 1. 2 x 32 Mbit flash
2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
3. Support for DualBIOS™
4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features 1. Support for @BIOS
2. Support for Q-Flash
3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
4. Support for Download Center
5. Support for Xpress Install
6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
7. Support for EasyTune (Note 8)
8. Support for Smart Recovery
9. Support for Auto Green
10. Support for ON/OFF Charge
11. Support for 3TB+ Unlock
12. Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software 1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System 1. Support for Microsoft® Windows 7/Vista/XP
Form Factor 1. Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 24.4cm
Note (Note 1) 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.(Note 2) The 1866 MHz memory speed is supported only when one or two DDR3 1866 MHz DIMMs are installed. It is not supported when four DIMMs are installed. (Dual channel memory mode must be enabled when installing two DIMMs.)(Note 3) The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.(Note 4) The resolution of 2560x1600 is supported only when Dual Link DVI mode is enabled.(Note 5) For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.(Note 6) Actual transfer rate is dependent on the device being connected.(Note 7) Whether the APU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the APU/system cooler you install.(Note 8) Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
Remark 1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.
2. Most hardware/software vendors no longer offer support for Win9X/ME/2000/XP SP1/SP2. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.


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