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Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2

The Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2 socket.

It has 8 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM2help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset6100 / nForce 400help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM8 GB DDR2help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR2help iconSATA 2.02
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR2 400 MHz
  • DDR2 533 MHz
  • DDR2 667 MHz
  • DDR2 800 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
  • 2 x fan header
  • Floppy drive connector
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • System Panel Connection
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x

Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 compatibility review

The Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 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 800 MHz, and 2 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 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 DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.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 Micro-ATX Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 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 Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 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-M61VME-S2 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 v2.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-M61VME-S2's PCIe v2.x. The Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 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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