GIGABYTE AM1 motherboards are the latest range of next-generation desktop motherboards based on socket FS1b, supporting a new generation and high graphics efficiency of AM1 Athlon/Sempron-series APU, and also feature the latest specifications of native PCI Express gen 2.0, SATA 6Gbps, USB3.0, etc. Not only delivering AMD's industry-leading performance and advanced graphics capabilities, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable motherboards are equipped with a comprehensive range of high quality components and unique features that offer mainstream PC users the most compelling platform on the market today.
Exclusive Timing Preservation
Duo to AM1 is a brand-new SOC structure and CMOS function now is integrated into AM1 APU, so if APU is removed, users will lose date/time in BIOS and Windows. GIGABYTE exclusive has added a RTC IC to help maintain users' system clock settings without having to reset every time APU is removed.
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.
GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS (on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan.
GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
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," making users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.
Humidity can play havoc on a motherboard's circuitry. GIGABYTE's new Glass Fabric PCB design helps protect against electrical shorts due to humidity by reducing the gaps in spacing between PCB filaments.
Power Failure Protection
GIGABYTE also uses Anti-Surge ICs to protect the motherboard against power surges.
GIGABYTE motherboards feature High Resistance ICs which help protect the motherboard against electrostatic discharge.
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.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2P AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Well laid out but missing some pretty basic stuff.
Cons: How could you make a motherboard with only 2 Sata ports. It is a micro ATX form factor so its not like there isn't enough room for the sockets on it. There are plenty of ITX board with 4-6 sata ports
Other Thoughts: I am hoping to build a test bench computer for testing hardware and doing disk recovery operations. My initial look at this board was encouraging and it has some legacy ports such as parallel and serial that might be useful to some people. However I can't imagine that I am going to be happy with only two sata ports.
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