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Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3 - Motherboard - ATX - nForce 520LE - Socket AM2 - UDMA133, Serial ATA-300 (RAID) - Ethernet - High Definition Audio (8-channel)

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      03.05.2011 20:13
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      Gamers, look elsewhere.

      Myself being an avid PC user, decided to go with a custom build a few years ago as it is much cheaper than buying from stores, and often the PC has much much better performance for the same price or sometimes even less. Anyway, this is the motherboard that came with it as I decided not to change it because I would upgrade soon after.

      I am glad I did to be honest. First of all, if you're like me and have a DVD/R drive that uses a SATA connection (most modern drives do), and more than one hard drive then you are better off trying another motherboard as this one only features 2 SATA headers on the motherboard. This means 1 DVD drive and 1 hard drive, or 2 hard drives but NO DVD drive.

      The next thing that really annoyed me was the fact this motherboard allows for little overclocking which I was desperate to do, and the fact that this motherboard has the nForce 520LE chipset, which is getting very outdated now. The motherboard also only has an AM2 socket, with AM2+ capability but at the cost of some HT Link performance. (AM2 also means that the new Phenom II processors will not work with this motherboard).
      1 PCI-E port will also not satisfy the needs of people who intend to your SLI or CrossfireX in their system.

      If you are in need of a good, future-proof motherboard that will last you a long time, please look elsewhere, as AM3 motherboards are still very cheap (and support Phenom II).


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  • Product Details

    Gigabyte Technology S series motherboards for AMD socket AM2 platform, featuring with two innovative features - safe and smart technologies. The S series motherboard GA-M52L-S3, supporting AMD AM2 processor with dual channel DDR2 800MHz high frequency memories, providing reliable and user friendly computing and reaching the maximum system performance easily via personalized software settings. Gigabyte S series motherboards, the champion's choice for AMD Socket AM2 platform!

    Technical Data

    Product Description: Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3 - motherboard - ATX - Socket AM2 - nForce 520LE
    Product Type: Motherboard - ATX
    Chipset Type: NVIDIA nForce 520LE / ITE IT8716
    Compatibility: AMD LIVE! Ready
    Processor Socket: 1 x Socket AM2
    Compatible Processors: Athlon 64, Sempron, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Phenom, Phenom X4, Phenom X3
    Max RAM Size: 16 GB
    RAM Supported: 4 DIMM slots - DDR2
    Storage Ports: 1 x ATA, 2 x SATA
    USB Ports Configuration: 8 x USB
    Audio: HD Audio (8-channel)
    LAN: Ethernet