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Abit NF-M2S

The Abit NF-M2S 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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Abit NF-M2S

help iconCPU Socket1help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible Make1help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconForm Factor1help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconMax RAM1help iconPCI Slots1
help iconRAM Slots1help iconSATA 1.01
help iconMemory Channels1help iconSATA 2.01
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds1help iconSATA 3.00
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots1help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear1help iconInternal I/O1
help iconGraphics Card Interface1help iconBack Panel I/O1

Abit NF-M2S compatibility review

The Abit NF-M2S 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 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 DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.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 Abit NF-M2S 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 Abit NF-M2S 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 Abit NF-M2S 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 v1.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 Abit NF-M2S's PCIe v1.x. The Abit NF-M2S does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Abit NF-M2S 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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