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Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H

The Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2+ socket.

It has 16 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM2+help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset780Ghelp iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 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 2.05
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 Slots4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • Floppy drive connector
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • System Panel Connection
  • TPM Chip
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • 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
  • 1 x eSATA
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x

Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H compatibility review

The Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H 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 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 DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.

The Micro-ATX Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H 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-MA78GM-S2H has 5 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-MA78GM-S2H 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-MA78GM-S2H's PCIe v2.x. The Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H supports up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves. Nvidia SLI is not supported.

The Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H 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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