- AMD A55 (Hudson D2)
- A4 / A6 / A8 / E2 APU
- DDR3 1866 /1600
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Good Little board 08/11/2012
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Solid and stable little board. Perfect for basic builds that will be doing only mid level gaming. Good overclocking capability in the BIOS. Really liked the availability of a pair of PS/2 ports, this made the initial set up very easy.
Would have liked to have seen a USB-3 header. A second pair of available DIMMs for additional RAM would also have been nice but not really required for this build.
Some readers may wonder why I put the PS/2 headers as a positive. It is really simple, PS/2 headers have not been dieing away because USB is better, USB is cheaper, not better. A PS/2 port has an assigned IRQ which is much quicker than USB, even USB 3. It also does not tax the CPU as much under load like a USB will. In short, PS/2 is more reliable and will work nearly all the time except in a full system overload or impending crash. I try to stick with PS/2 when I can, I only use USB when I have to use a wireless keyboard and mouse connection but will go back to PS/2 when I need to trouble shoot a problem. Computers come with wires, no way around it, so live with it and get use to it.
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