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.
|CPU Socket||Socket AM2+||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||AMD||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||AMD A55/A60M FCH||Onboard GPU||no|
|Form Factor||Flex-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||16 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||4||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v3.0|
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.