The GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM3 socket.
It has 16 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||Socket AM3||Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v1.x|
|CPU Compatible Make||AMD||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||NVIDIA nForce 520LE||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|Release Date||01 Dec 2008||Onboard GPU||no|
|Form Factor||ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||16 GB DDR2||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR2||SATA 2.0||2|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||2||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||4||Back Panel I/O|
The GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P uses the AMD Socket AM3 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 4 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 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 DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.
Released on 01 Dec 2008, the GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P is now over 11 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from GigaByte.
Conforming to the ATX standard, the GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.
The GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P 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 GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P 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 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 GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P's PCIe v1.x. The GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P has 6 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.