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Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2)

The Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2) is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM3+ socket.

It has 32 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2)

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM3+help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetAMD 880Ghelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconMax RAM32 GB DDR3help iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 2.05
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
  • DDR3 1866 MHz
help iconSATA 3.00
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots6help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x fan header
  • 1 x IDE connector
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • 1 x LAN connector
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • 1 x eSATA

Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2) compatibility review

The Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2) uses the AMD Socket AM3+ CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1866 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 32 GB RAM.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2) 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-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2) 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-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2) 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-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2)'s PCIe v2.x. The Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2) does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3 (Socket M2) has 8 USB 2.0 slots and 2 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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