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Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H Motherboard Review

Rey Basti

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AMD have released the latest processor in the form A10-7850K that will take you to the next level of your computing. The A10 series processor from AMD is ideal for budget seeking user that doesn’t hurt them with the price with promising performance.

Micro ATX Form Factor

To maximize its usefulness the Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H motherboard is made specifically to get the most out of it. The board comes in micro ATX FM2 form factors that will fit in the latest “Kaveri” processor from AMD.

This processor offers a built-in video so that you don’t need to buy a separate video card to save you further. The built-in video can match the Intel’s Core i7 4770K which is available at higher prices.

Huge Capacity In A Small Board

No one has ever to imagine a tiny board can handle up to 64GB of RAM in its alloted four slots. A memory speed it can support is up to 2400MHz. More memory and faster frequency means super fast performance.

The Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H measures 244mm x 244mm so that anyone can predictably think there’s a small room for expansion. It provides two PCIe slots that accomodates CrossFire but, I feel sorry for SLI fans out there because it is not made for them. The first PCIe slots supports the x16 3.0 while the second is limited to x4 and PCIe 2.0.

Surprisingly, the board provides eight SATA ports. They appear in upright position for fast connection. There’s single PCIe x1 slot in between the PCIe x16 and adding it up is the legacy PCI slot nearby. This is great if you desire to add the older card such as the TV tuner or LAN card.

The Looks And Other Connectivity

The Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H looks great in all black color schemes with grey trim on the DIMM slot. If the physical apperance could be a deciding factor, it wins everybody’s eye. The CPU socket provides more space for CPU cooler if you decide to upgrade it.

The DIMM slots are nicely color coded for proper memory pairing identification. The 24-pin ATX power connector is pleasantly placed on the edge of the board while the other 8-pin in nearby the voltage regulator circuitry. With this kind of arrangement, a neat wiring is can be expected with the board.

Going at the back I/O panel, we can notice a basic port setup for a very straight forward setup without any frills. Starting at the left, you can notice a keyboard and mouse combo port with two USB 2.0 port on top of it.

The board is filled with every possible video port to maximize it usage starting from VGA D-Sub port, DVI and HDMI port. Next to it is the digital audio output followed by two USB 3.0 and another two USB 2.0. On top of it is the GbE LAN port and lastly, the three analog audio port.


The Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H is an amazing FM2 board that will perfectly fit with the AMD’s brand new A10-7850K Kaveri processor. It shows remarkable performance in any benchmark test that proves it a worthy competitor. If you desire to use an unlock processor on it you can have a nice overclocking results.

Though it comes in a small board it surprisingly leaves more room for expansion such as the 64GB memory capacity and eight SATA ports. However, it has fewer USB 3.0 port and expansio slots. This is always been the case of a tiny board like and the price it offer is tremendously too low to pass up.

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