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Asus M2A-MX

The Asus M2A-MX is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2+ socket.

It has 4 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the UTX form factor standard.

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Asus M2A-MX

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM2+help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetAMD 690Vhelp iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorUTXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM4 GB DDR2help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR2help iconSATA 2.04
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR2 800 MHz
  • DDR2 1066 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots6help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 1 x fan header
  • 1 x IDE connector
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • Display Port">Display Port
  • 1 x Serial Port
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 1 x LAN connector
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v1.x

Asus M2A-MX compatibility review

The Asus M2A-MX uses the AMD Socket AM2+ CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the aging DDR2 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1066 MHz, and 2 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 4 GB RAM. DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.

The UTX, or uATX form factor is analagous to the Micro-ATX form factor. The UTX Asus M2A-MX 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 Asus M2A-MX 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 Asus M2A-MX 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 v1.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 Asus M2A-MX's PCIe v1.x. The Asus M2A-MX does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Asus M2A-MX 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.

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