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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88X-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
  • Athlon/A- Series (FM2+)
  • DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333

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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88X-D3H FM2+ AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE FM2+ Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE FM2+ series motherboards are based on AMD A88X chipset and feature the new FM2+ APU socket, and are designed to get the most from forthcoming Kaveri AMD APUs, while preserving compatibility for current AMD FM2 APUs. FM2+ AMD APUs offer native support for 8GTps PCI Express gen 3.0 as well as DX11.1 supports integrating the high performance "Steamroller" core. AMD socket FM2+ APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays on an HDMI port.

Note: To enable AMD FM2+ APU support, please update your motherboard with the latest version of specific BIOS and driver in Motherboard's Download section once available.


AMD Dual Graphics Technology

The AMD A88X 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. This unique Dual Graphics technology means users can enjoy higher frame rates on the latest gaming titles, utilizing the processing power of both discrete and integrated graphics processors.


AMD Eyefinity Technology

Supporting multiple independent display outputs simultaneously, AMD Eyefinity technology delivers innovative graphics display capabilities enabling massive desktop workspaces and ultra-immersive visual environments for the ultimate panoramic computing experience.


Triple-Monitor Support

GIGABYTE FM2+ series motherboards take advantage of AMD Eyefinity technology, to allow you to extend the OS desktop by connecting up to three high-resolution digital displays. Triple displays mean more real-estate for enhanced productivity, plus the ability to enjoy panoramic triple screen 3D gaming thanks to AMD's optimized Eyefinity driver technology.


GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 Plus

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 Plus debuts on GIGABYTE motherboards, with a range of features and component choices that provide record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.


Ultra Performance

GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan.



Ultra Safe

GIGABYTE motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a "Main BIOS" and a "Backup BIOS," protecting you from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings, or power failure during the update process.


Multi-Display Support with AMD CrossFire

Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to two VGA cards are supported for two-way AMD CrossFire™ (running at x16, x4 bandwidth), delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.


Dual-Link DVI Port

Designed to leverage the awesome potential of the latest AMD Fusion A-series APUs, GIGABYTE motherboards deliver an enhanced visual experience that includes advanced DX11® gaming, incredibly smooth HD multimedia playback and support for high resolution displays of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels by Dual-link DVI port.


HDMI Interface

HDMI means High-Definition Multimedia Interface, which is able to provide up to 5Gbps video transmitting bandwidth and also 8-channel high quality audio. By transmitting uncompressed digital data, HDMI is able to reduce signal interference when transferring between digital and analog signals, direct from the source. In addition, HDMI is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), which allows playback of Blu-ray, HD DVD, and other protected content.


High ESD Protection for USB and LAN (USB 3.0 only)

GIGABYTE motherboards raise the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.


One Fuse per USB Port (USB 3.0 only)

On GIGABYTE motherboards each USB port has its own dedicated power fuse that prevents unwanted USB port failure, helping to safe guard your important data during transfer.



On/Off Charge Technology

GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger.


ErP Lot 6 support

The ErP (also known as Energy-Related Products Directive) is part of the European Union's environmental regulations policy. It is based on concern for the environmental as the proliferation of electronic devices continues, and how to improve energy efficiency for a better and greener life. GIGABYTE supports ErP and produces motherboards that help you effectively improve system efficiency.

*The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
*Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
*All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
*Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.

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  • Brian S.
  • 4/10/2016 12:29:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIt's a dud.

Pros: Price. It has 8 sata ports.

Cons: Unable to make it work with AMD Athlon X4 860K Kaveri Quad-Core 3.7 GHz Socket FM2+ 95W AD860KXBJABOX Desktop Processor (BLACK EDITION). Powers up fine but no video signal from either of my video cards.

Other Thoughts: Build is as follows: 1} mobo is GIGABYTE GA-F2A88X-D3h
2) Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 Continuous 650W@40°C Power Supply
3} 2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3- 10666CL9S-4GBRL
4} Athlon X4 860K Kaveri Quad-Core 3.7 GHz Socket FM2+ 95W AD860KXBJABOX Desktop Processor
5} Intel 120 Gig SSD pulled from my main Computer when I upgraded to a 256 GB Samsung SSD
6} a pair of video cards verified to work in other computers. First one I tried was an XFX A 2 gig
AMD 7750 that does not require power from the psu. Fans would not even power on when in either
PCE video slot nor would it put out video. Thinking the power draw might be too much (not the case
as I used this card in a computer where I successfully run the card after swapping in my out my
650W PSU), I then tried my other card a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4670 DirectX 10.1 100296HDMI 1GB
128-Bit DDR3 I had laying round. This video card didn't produce video either, but at least the cooling
fans on the card powered up.
This is not my first computer build and 3 of my last 4 builds used boards from Gigabyte without any issues in either setup or running over the last 8 years. Very disappointed in this board. I am aware that I bought a board intended for an APU style CPU and that my CPU is not an APU. The Processor listed is listed as a supported CPU, however and I don't feel that that should be an issue. My build is intended as a combo file server and Linux based HTPC with a pair of tv tuners.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/10/2016 10:59:55 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot so Durable

Pros: Worked just fine for two and a half years, then gave up.

Cons: Failed to POST! Could not boot up with any means.

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  • James S.
  • 1/28/2016 3:03:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood board, fast

Pros: No problems installing, booted right up. Love the BIOS, easy and clear cut. So far so good.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Paired with AMD A8 3.1 ghz, 8 gb skill PC2133 memory, Samsung 850 pro 256 GB hard drive. No problems at all, very pleased. Long time Gigabyte user.

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  • Guillaume M.
  • 1/7/2016 2:56:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWork great and low price!

Pros: - Lot of space, 4 RAM dimms, support up to 64GB, very stable at this point with 860K overclocked at 4.2GHz.Very nice black matte finish

Cons: - PCI slots and COM connector lol

Other Thoughts: - None

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  • Joseph D.
  • 1/2/2016 11:38:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsslick MB for media center with lots of growth

Pros: -board looks awesome
-has plenty of expansion slots and ports
-good applications
-came with latest BIOS firmware version

The boards expansion ports are all easy to access and work with. the two SATA ports that are on the edge of the board were great to connect my SSD and BDROM to. Used the three SATA ports on the inside with right-angle SATA cables to connect to HDDs and straight SATA cables for the ports on the bottom

Cons: nothing here

Other Thoughts: Used this for a new build media center server. mainly just feeding media out to other PCs with some downloading and encoding movies and shows for mobile devices

Full build:
AMD A8-7600 Kaveri Quad-Core 3.1 GHz Socket FM2+ 65W AD7600YBJABOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7
GIGABYTE GA-F2A88X-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH
Thermaltake SMART Series SP-550PCBUS 550W ATX 12V 2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Corsair Force LS 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F120GBLSB
NORCO RPC-470 Black 4U Rackmount Server Case - OEM
BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5" HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure
2x bgears b-Blaster 80 80mm Case Fan
2x XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) Cooling System Crystal Series CLF-F1251 120mm Blue LED Case Fan, 2 pcs in 1 package CFS-SXGJS-BU2

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  • Carl T.
  • 12/25/2015 3:56:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAll around decent motherboard for price to performance

Pros: A88x chipset
8 of FRONT FACING sata 6Gbps ports!
Chipset coolers aren't too shabby.
Excellent driver support options from Gigabytes website.
Dual Bios is a life saver. (Haven't needed it on this board but boy did it save a lot of hassle when I had a psu blow on me last year in a friends build).
Love the layout and color scheme.

Runs Linux Ubuntu Server 14.04.1 Windows 10, and windows server R2 2012 without any problems.

Cons: TL DR: 1. Overclocking issues. 2. Not full atx width when it comes to mobo standoff screws (put ram in before installing mobo) 3.

Overclocking with this puppy has been a pain. I can't seem to find what the default voltages are, and I can't get any changes made to voltage to stick- I. e. I can't set them to a static value. Cpu multiplyer is working fine enough as is the iGPU multiplyer, but cpu speed throttles down when the igpu kicks in regardless of me disabling c6 state, turbo boost, and cool & quiet. Not quite sure what to do about that. Will look into some fancier cooling options and see if that does anything for me but otherwise I can't really push my A10 7850k all that hard unless I am not using the igpu which was kinda the point of this build haha.

This could be a ram or memory controller issue: I am rolling with 2x4 gigs of 2400mhz gskill Aries ddr3 ram and 2400 was just not stable using the XMP or AMD profiles. It booted fine and would run, however, I would get random crashes to desktop regularly and had one BSOD. Downclocked to 2133 and didn't have a problem. Buddy played Shadow of Mordor for like 10 hours straight without even a hickup after the downclock. Not the end of the world though. Was using the light grey slots as indicated by the manual for when doing ram tweaks. Would like to bump up voltage just a hair to see if that improved stability but again, I am unable to make changes to voltage stick :(

Was able to get to 4.2Ghz without touching voltage, but would auto throttle the instant the igpu was put under load to about 3ghz.

I am on the latest BIOS so can't really do anything but wait and see if a new release will fix my overclocking woes. (Currently running bios version F6)

Because of this if there are any of the more "enthusiast" fm2+ boards with a A88x Chipest priced competitivley (within $20) I would say go for those if you are into overclocking. Otherwise this board is nearly perfect. At my time of purchase the board was well below that hundo dolla level. (using weird lingo to avoid being scrapped for including pricing/availability rule violations)

Other Thoughts: Currently using this thing for 3 purposes
1. Budget sub $500 gaming pc for friends to use when they come over as most of them are using cruddy laptops with intel hd 4000 series graphics lol.
2. Home NAS server running Ubuntu Server 14.04.1
3. Using it to test out/learn the ways of Windows Server 2012 R2

Full build specs:
A10 7850k
2x4 2400mhz Aries Gskill RAM
500 Watt (EVGA 100-W1-500-KR 500W) 80+ cert Power Supply Unit
1 120gig Mushkin MLC SSD
1 old seagate 500gig laptop drive I saved from an old machine that a client gave to me to recycle/salvage
Server 2012 R2 180 day eval copy Ubuntu Server 14.04.1 SSH Samba packages installed Windows 10 x64
Cooler: using the stock cooler from my FX 8320 125Watt TDP- this will probably be the next thing I upgrade in the rig if I don't just cave and buy a R7 360.

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  • Bennett F.
  • 12/22/2015 6:58:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well with Centos 7.2 and QEMU-KVM virtualization.

Pros: Supports IOMMU passthrough with the mainline kernel from elrepo. (kernel-ml version 4.3.3 at the time of writing)

Cons: Although cheap, it was not free. I paid under $250 for MB, CPU, and RAM.

Other Thoughts: I bought this motherboard (rev 3.0) to build a cheapish virtualization host running Centos 7 (currently Centos 7.2). After some teething pains involving PCI passthrough to guests (IOMMU), I finally managed to get things working correctly by using the latest mainline kernel (kernel-ml) from elrepo. There are many posts on the net that attribute the failure of passthrough on A88X boards to a broken bios or bad chipset, but everything works fine under Linux kernel 4.3.3. Under the 3.10.x stock kernel I would get continuous AMD-Vi page fault errors when using passthrough, but these have disappeared with the switch to kernel-ml. I built this board up using an A8-7670K processor and 16 gigs of ram, all from NewEgg, and I'm very happy with my purchases. Other installed equipment includes 2x Intel dual port PCIe X4 cards. Unfortunately I can only pass through pairs of ports with these cards, since the two ports share a single controller chip. The CPU runs dead cool at idle in my setup. When I have a chance to check the power draw I will amend this review.

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  • philip h.
  • 11/24/2015 8:31:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Where to begin.
I bought this for my new PLEX media server and i chose it for the 3 pci slots and 8 SATA ports, the USB 3 header and the
I paid $75 and i feel i got a deal. I connected up my (6) WD black 2 TB HDD in a raid 10 and the Raid setup was very simple and easy. Before putting this online i failed a drive on purpose and then added it back as the hot-spare and the rebuild commenced automatically, There is also a windows and linux based gui to manage the RAID from inside the OS. What else would you want.
The Build went well, everything laid out well on the board. The board shipped with the latest bios, i know wow right, It is not as wide as my other ASUS boards, which game me a little more room for wire mgmt with so many drives it came in handy.
There are 3 sys fan controllers and all came be configured in the bios. I used a pair of SSD corsair force as my boot drive in RAID 1, i had to add the drivers before windows 8 install, but that was pretty straight forward. My crystal Disk mark shows me over 400MB/s on reads and that is fast enough for me. My data drives are showing over 200MB/s and I can’t be more pleased. I used the low power AMD Kaveri A8-7600 and it pairs up nice and runs cool with this board.
I have had ASUS, biostar, and ASRock. i have had zero trouble with these quality gigabyte boards.

Cons: Hmm.. Not worth dropping an egg, because i love this board. 6 of the SATA ports face up not at right angle which would make wire mgmt a bit neater. The sys fan pins are between the PCI 3 slot and the CPU, so i have to run the wires across the board, how else can you get to the middle. I knew all this going in, but me just being picky

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte great product, great bios, posted first try, if you can find a better FM2+ mobo for under $75, good luck

Gigabyte GA-F2A88x-D3h
AMD a8-7600
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB DDR3 1866
(6) WD black 2TB
(2) Corsair Force LS 2.5" 240GB
NZXT 210 Elite
FSP Group AURUM 92+ 450W

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/17/2015 6:39:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent MOBO for the price

Pros: Decent motherboard with integrated graphics.
Looks good
Black=Neutral color
Decent software

Cons: Weird size, about 2 inches of the mobo is not able to be secured to the case; other people have mentioned this in previous big deal to me. (its not like im going to be doing rough activities with my computer)

Other Thoughts: Bought this for my wife's computer build. She wanted something to work from home with (coder) and can do some light gaming (minecraft).
It runs light games flawlessly paired with the quad core A series APU (processor)

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  • Gregory W.
  • 10/21/2015 5:02:41 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Bought this board to rebuild a family PC. It worked out of the box and hasn't given me an issue for a year.

Cons: None, other than I had to buy a new PSU due to the age of the old one not having a compatible power connector and that isn't the fault of the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Used this for a parent PC. I would recommend it for an inexpensive build.

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