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A55F2P-M2

The A55F2P-M2 is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2+ socket.

It has 16 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Flex-ATX form factor standard.

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A55F2P-M2

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM2+help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetAMD A55/A60M FCHhelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorFlex-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM16 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.04
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
  • DDR3 1866 MHz
  • DDR3 2133 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

A55F2P-M2 compatibility review

The A55F2P-M2 uses the AMD Socket AM2+ CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2133 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.

The Flex-ATX A55F2P-M2 uses a less common standard than the traditional ATX you most often see. As such, you should be wary of its compatibility with other cases, as well as the compatibility of PSUs with the case you choose.

The A55F2P-M2 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 A55F2P-M2 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 A55F2P-M2's PCIe v3.0. The A55F2P-M2 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The A55F2P-M2 has 8 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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