The HP A8M2N-LA is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2 socket.
It has 4 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||Socket AM2||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||AMD||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||GeForce 6150||Onboard GPU||no|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||4 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 Rear||4||Internal I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v2.x||Back Panel I/O|
The HP A8M2N-LA 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 667 MHz, and 4 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 4 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 DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.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 HP A8M2N-LA 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 HP A8M2N-LA 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 HP A8M2N-LA 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 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 HP A8M2N-LA's PCIe v2.x. The HP A8M2N-LA does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The HP A8M2N-LA has 4 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. With so few slots, however, you would have to use a USB expansion hub. As such, we would highly recommend a different motherboard, preferably with USB 3.0 functionality as well.