Gigabyte GA-F2A68-DS2 DDR3 FM2+
Gigabyte GA-F2A68-DS2 DDR3 FM2+ Socket AMD Mainboard
Model – AMD A68 GA-F2A68-DS2
CPU Sockets – FM2+
Chipset – AMD A68H
Audio Chipset – Realtek ALC887 codec
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you’ll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.
CPU mainly dictates the compatible chipset options. For Intel motherboards, one can choose from the cheaper options that can’t be overclocked or the expensive ones that can. Chipset with the letter ‘Z’ in the name has the overclocking feature and chipsets with letters ‘B’, ‘H’, ‘Q’… do not come with this particular feature.
Model AMD A68 GA-F2A68-DS2
Chipset AMD A68H
Form Factor Micro ATX Form
Warranty 3 year
Country Of Origin Taiwan
Made in/ Assemble China
Sockets Supported FM2+
Supported CPU AMD A series / AMD Athlon series processors
Memory Type DDR3
Memory MHz 2400(OC)/ 2133/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333MHz
Memory Slot 2
Memory Max. 64GB
PCI Express Slot 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
SATA Port 4 x SATA 6Gb/s
Network & Connectivity
LAN Chipset Realtek GbE LAN chip
LAN Speed (Mbps) 10/100/1000Mbit
USB Port 2 x USB3.0/2.0, 8 x USB2.0/1.1
VGA Port 1
DVI Port 1
Audio Chipset. Realtek ALC887 codec
Audio Channel 2/4/5.1/7.1