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ASUS AM1M-A AM1 2 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • MARK R.
  • 7/23/2015 10:45:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice board - with clarifications

Pros: The connectivity on this board is great - it's wonderful that it has a serial port, considering many businesses still use equipment that requires them. And I've had no issues with this board, quality-wise. Great there are 3 PCIe slots.

And I absolutely love these little AMD 5350 CPUs

Cons: The ASUS website lists this motherboard as supporting ECC RAM. However, it does not. When installing ECC RAM, no option in BIOS comes up, and you can even get it directly from Linux:

insmod /lib/modules/3.16.0-4-amd64/kernel/drivers/edac/amd64_edac_mod.ko ecc_enable_override=1
modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'amd64_edac_mod': No such device

The ECC memory functions just fine, though -- only without the ECC aspect.

That's pretty big - to lie on your website. Fix this! Or fix the BIOS or whatever to actually support ECC RAM, if you can.

Other Thoughts: Overall I love this board. I usually get this one, or the ASROCK one, depending on if we need serial ports.

The only other thing I'd like to see different than "admitting" this board doesn't support ECC RAM (or fixing the BIOS to support it) is increasing the quality of the materials used to build the IO backplane. Cheap, cheap, cheap. One step up from aluminum foil. ;) Seriously, stiffen that up, and make it look like some good, solid quality there.

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  • George P.
  • 7/20/2015 5:59:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsAddendum: Does not support ECC

Pros: Small and very low power consumption. ( 20-21W at idle, not including monitor ). Surprisingly good performance at this cost and efficiency.

Cons: Does _not_ support ECC memory. Manual and on-line docs say ECC in some places, non-ECC in others. Memtest86 pro 6.1 says not, and the register values agree. I personally tried every BIOS from 0602 through the most recent 1201. This pretty much kills it for many small server applications.

Other Thoughts: Took multiple inquiries from Asus to get any answer at all. And the answer was that ECC is not supported.

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  • Erin J.
  • 7/19/2015 9:40:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood motherboard, low price

Pros: Works great, good price! It is ASUS, so it is always good!!

Cons: Only has 2 memory slots, and 2 SATA connecters on motherboard.

Other Thoughts: This came in a bundle, for the overall cost of the bundle it was a good buy.

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  • George P.
  • 7/9/2015 7:42:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsAttractive, but not quite there

Pros: Plenty of computing power with 5350 for a small server. Three video output connectors. Very low power, small form factor. Inexpensive. ECC support, if it actually works.

Cons: Marginal documentation, and marginal support on Asus site. Could not find interpretation of beep codes anywhere and could not get this from Asus after asking multiple times. Unclear if ECC RAM is supported and used. BIOS does not mention ECC anywhere, Linux utility says yes but memtest86 pro says no. This is with current 1201 BIOS.

Other Thoughts: Came with BIOS many revisions old. Bricked the board immediately upon attempt to update it. Fixed by buying a second board locally to get a fresh copy of the BIOS, as that was less painful than RMA. Eventually abandoned this board for a real server board in uATX, the Supermicro A1SRM-2558F and all problems went away. Supermicro was much more expensive but 4 GigE on board makes up for a lot if you need them.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear George,

I am sorry that you are not satisfied with the documentation and support for this motherboard. Feel free to contact me at cl-justin@asus.com and I will help you to the best of my abilities. Your case # for reference is N150726937


Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Thomas G.
  • 7/7/2015 7:08:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNOT RECOMMENDED UNTIL FIXED

Pros: NONE.

Sales should be stopped and motherboards returned to ASUS for repair of backplates. See Cons below. .

Cons: Part 1 of a 2 part review [pre install test]

Prior to installing the mobo in case I always test fit the backplate. IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO MATCH UP THE BACKPLATE WITH THE MOTHERBOARD. In fact, when trying to install the backplate to the motherboard some of the grounding clips actually went into the output connectors. I actually spent about an hour bending and adjusting the various grounding clips so the various connectors would fit through the backplate. Even after all of this adjustment the lower USB port near the keyboard plug still scrapes the connector when inserted. The lower USB port backplate connector punchout is mislocated by about .040-060" [~1.2mm].

Other Thoughts: I CAN'T TELL ASUS what to do, but if it were me I would have a technician at newegg immediately and start fixing these backplates. Either that or I would have the entire lot of boards sent back to ASUS for repackaging with backplates the match this motherboard.

I am quite sure MANY people are going to damage some of their motherboards trying get them installed.

This is the WORST motherboard backplate I have ever encountered. Certainly not up to typical ASUS quality standards.

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  • Robert R.
  • 6/16/2015 2:11:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood ol' ASUS AM1M-A

Pros: It's been working great for over a year now as an HTPC with Windows 7 HP 64 bit. It has not once make me scream, whine, rage, or cry becuase it was a fobarish in some way.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I purchased my AM1M at a local store about a year ago. I wanted an HTPC and was hoping that maybe a quad core CPU would put an end to annoying random visual anomalies streaming video content. Using a Kabini 5350, and after figuring out how to adjust the UEFI bios, I used an existing case, an old Enlight 350 watt PSU (which had been in an Enlight case I purchased from Newegg several years ago), a Newegg purchased Zotac GeForce GT 630, and installed Win XP sp3. Eventually I swapped out the case in favor of a new one, installed Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, but I'm still using the inexpensive 350 watt PSU.

Long story short, although I've yet to experience any trouble whatsoever with this setup, I was still getting the stupid anomalies until a couple of weeks ago (long after giving up and buying a Roku 3 which does the job too) when I decided to pull the GT 630 and give the APU a shot. Huzzah! Almost zero random anomalies! Guess it has to be the AMD drivers. SmoothVision or whatever. Also, for what it's worth, although this isn't either one of my two gaming rigs, it plays Far Cry 2 on 'medium' settings with fps constantly in the mid 30s on a 32 inch TV with 1360 x 768 res.

Truthfully, I have no degree from MIT or Caltech, nor do I build thousands, or even hundreds of PCs a year to make a living. I'm simply a hobbyist, and have actually only built about a dozen boxes for my own personal use since the turn of the century. Hence the 2 star tech rating. Actually, I think that's even pushing it a bit, but then a solitary star just looks so pathetic after all.

I've been buying and using ASUS motherboards and other items for years and don't recall having any serious problems with any of their products in all that time.

ASUS is about the best for MBs. Mass production methods, whatever the product, means lower consumer costs, albeit sometimes lots o' lemons too. Personally I don't usually Hulk out over the occasional fobared item - just poor customer service. Poor customer service is of course unacceptable.

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  • David D.
  • 6/8/2015 5:33:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood htpc

Pros: Easy to put together. Nice bios. Low wattage.

Cons: Only two Sata ports.

Other Thoughts: Needed to put together a computer for Dads living room. Already had discontinued G skill 1600L low latency ram and a low power hard drive laying around. The computer set up very fast with windows 7. Use the latest drivers from their website to save you time.

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  • Zilvinas K.
  • 4/4/2015 9:00:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsUnsure

Pros: ECC RAM support & attractive price

Cons: One issue that I am having is a failed USB device showing in device manager. Loaded clean Win 7 Pro SP1, loaded drivers from CD, updated BIOS, got updated drivers from AMD. Nothing helps. Looks like USB root hub issue, but no vendor ID is shown, USB ports work, and there are no problems otherwise, but it is annoying to have such error on a new build. Another thing thats scares me a bit is that so many people are reporting other types of failures. I used this board to build a low power server and now I am not so confident about the choice.

2 SATA ports only :(
Single channel memory :(
AM2 coolers do not fit :(

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  • Daniel C.
  • 3/27/2015 12:31:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe Worst !!!

Pros: Small size.

Cons: Everything about this board stinks. Does not line up with back plate worth a darn. Drivers DO NOT work. Constant failure with either display or USB drivers BSOD!!! BIOS version was so out of date it was ridiculous (0502) updated it to 1101. DID not help.
Tried various AMD video drivers, still intermittent BSOD.
What a waste of time and money.

Other Thoughts: I have not purchased an ASUS mobo in quite some time for system build for a customer, and decided to give this one a try. I should have taken heed at the other comments about this board.
It is truly the WORST I have ever purchased. Last time I will buy an ASUS mobo. I am going back to ASRock, as they have been my bread and butter.

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  • Josh M.
  • 3/24/2015 4:31:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOk Motherboard

Pros: This is a very nice low cost board. I bought it for a simple web browsing/music machine for an uncle.

Cons: The install went fine windows loaded right on. Try to install the drivers for the graphics card and after reboot windows loads and the screen goes black. Roll back to the VGA drivers. update everything else, bios, windows updates, etc. Load on the graphic drivers and again the screen goes black after windows loads. Looked around the web really did not find an answer I liked all of them pointed to the board needing replaced. I decided before I RMAed it to Newegg, I would try the other output options. So I take off the DVI cable and connect with HDMI. Low and behold it works. So just seems the ATI drivers don't want to work with the DVI output on the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: For what I payed it was still not a bad deal, 3 eggs.

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