The FM2A58M-DG3 is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket FM2+ socket.
It has 32 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||Socket FM2+||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||AMD||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||AMD A58 FCH (Bolton-D2)||Onboard GPU||no|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||32 GB DDR3||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||2 x DDR3||SATA 2.0||4|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||4||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||6||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v3.0|
The FM2A58M-DG3 uses the AMD Socket FM2+ CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2400 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 32 GB RAM.
The Micro-ATX FM2A58M-DG3 should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.
The FM2A58M-DG3 has 4 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.
The FM2A58M-DG3 does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the FM2A58M-DG3's PCIe v3.0. The FM2A58M-DG3 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The FM2A58M-DG3 has 10 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.