The Acer WG43M is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 775/ Socket T socket.
It has 8 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||LGA 775/ Socket T||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||Intel G43||Onboard GPU||yes|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||8 GB DDR3||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR3||SATA 2.0||2|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||no|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||3||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||4||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v2.x|
The Acer WG43M uses the Intel LGA 775/ Socket T CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1333 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM.
The Micro-ATX Acer WG43M 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 Acer WG43M has 2 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 Acer WG43M supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. 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 v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Acer WG43M's PCIe v2.x. The Acer WG43M does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The Acer WG43M has 7 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.