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HP A8M2N-LA

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.

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HP A8M2N-LA

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM2help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetGeForce 6150help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM4 GB DDR2help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR2help iconSATA 2.02
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR2 533 MHz
  • DDR2 667 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.xhelp iconBack Panel I/O
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector

HP A8M2N-LA compatibility review

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 DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.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

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