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GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P

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.

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GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM3help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v1.x
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetNVIDIA nForce 520LEhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date01 Dec 2008help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM16 GB DDR2help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR2help iconSATA 2.02
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR2 667 MHz
  • DDR2 800 MHz
  • DDR2 1066 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots2help 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
  • Floppy drive connector
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Display Port">Display Port
  • 1 x Serial Port
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
  • 1 x Firewire connections

GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P compatibility review

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 DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.

Released on 01 Dec 2008, the GigaByte GA-M52L-S3P is now over 11 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies.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.

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