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ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E

The ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket FM1 socket.

It has , 8 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E

help iconCPU Socket1help iconGraphics Card Interface1
help iconCPU Compatible Make1help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset1help 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 iconUSB 3.0 Internal1help iconBack Panel I/O1
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear1

ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E compatibility review

The ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E uses the AMD Socket FM1 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 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM.

The Micro-ATX ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E 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 ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E has 6 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E 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 ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E's PCIe v2.x. The ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The ZOTAC A75MAT-A-E has 4 USB 2.0 slots and 4 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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