GA-M68MT-S2P
   

GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2P AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • Brand: Gigabyte
  • Category: Motherboards
  • supported cpu type: AMD AM3/Phenom II/Athlon II processor
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Description

Next Generation High Quality Components and 4+1 Phase CPU Power Design

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GIGABYTE was the first motherboard manufacturer to realize the importance of using only the highest quality components for the critically important CPU VRM zone of the motherboard which is responsible for delivering stable power to the CPU. The GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 2 Classic design utilizes Solid Capacitors manufactured in Japan which are rated to last for at least 50,000 hours in operational use and also Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs which feature lower resistance, i.e. reduced power consumption and heat. GIGABYTE has further improved on the CPU VRM area by increasing the power phases from 3+1 to a 4+1 phase design. This allows for more stable power delivery to the CPU, as well as help smooth out power ripple and noise which is important for clean CPU power delivery.

108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio playback

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GIGABYTE strongly believes that in 2011, HD audio playback is a standard specification, and as such, we have made Blu-ray audio playback a standard for all of our motherboards. All of GIGABYTE's 2011 motherboards feature higher capability audio solution with 108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback quality to deliver high-performance, multi-channel HD audio. SNR is a comparison of the amount of signal to the amount of noise such as hiss present in the signal (expressed in Decibels). A higher SNR equals a better audio experience. For example, 108dB, is a high audio specification, as this means the audio signal is 108dB higher than the level of the noise.

3x USB Power Boost

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(note) Only front USB ports support 3X USB Power.

GIGABYTE motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices. GIGABYTE’s unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery.

Get Ready to Unleash the Power of AMD 6-Core CPU

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GIGABYTE's AMD motherboards are ready to support the new generation of AMD Phenom™II X 6 processors, delivering the very best platform for multitasking, multimedia and high performance gaming.

On/Off Charge Technology

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GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger...more

*Due to certain mobile phone limitations, users may need to connect the mobile phone to their PC before the PC enters S4/S5 mode to enable a quick charge from non On/Off Charge USB ports. Charging results may vary by model.

*Whether to support 3X USB power design, it may vary by models.

Core Boost Support

GIGABYTE’s Core Boost technology provides an easy way for users unlocking the CPU’s hidden cores via the EasyTune6 utility. Without any complicated setting needed in BIOS, users can experience a phenomenal performance upgrade right away.

*The ability of unlocking the hidden CPU cores might vary by different processors.

Introduction

The GA-M68MT-S2P, based on NVIDIA GeForce7025/ nForce630a chipset and supports new generation of 45nm AMD AM3 Phenom II/ AthlonII processors, integrated DirectX 9 graphics engine, DDR3 memory controller, PCI Express interface and so on. With the 50000 hours Japanese solid capacitors for CPU VRM design, the GA-M68MT-S2P is able to provide user friendly computing, reach the maximum system performance easily while still able to save the power and environment in real life at the same time.

Supports next generation of 45nm AMD AM3 CPU

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This motherboard designs with Split Power Plane, 4+1 phase VRM to support AMD the latest 45nm AM3 Phenom™II/ Athlon™II processors, delivering the great performance enchantment to system and ultimate scalability hardware expending.

NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a GPU

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The brand new NVIDIA® GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA® nForce 630aGPU features CineFX™ 3.0 Engine. This unique combination of 7025 GPU creates a single motherboard featuring a world-class DX9, Shader Model 3.0 GPU for faster and smoother game-play, a high quality video processing engine for advance quality of video and DVD playback.

PCI Express Interface

Revolutionary PCI Express interface provides scalable bandwidth for multi-purpose usage. PCI-E x16 interface doubles the bandwidth of graphics interface of previous generation thus delivering the utmost gaming experience. PCI-E x1interface provides twice the bandwidth of PCI interface up to 250MB/s for new generation I/O peripheral devices.

SATA 3Gb/s & RAID

This platform supports reliable storage solution for enhanced data protection and data accessing performance. Serial ATA 3Gb/s is firstly introduced in this platform to provide blazingly 3Gb/s bus bandwidth thus higher disk performance. The NVIDIA® RAID allows multi-disk designs to be set up as RAID 0, 1, based on users' priority of protection/ performance. This NVIDIA RAID function makes the RAID even more accessible by introducing the innovative windows-based facility.

Technical Details

CPU

  • Support for AM3 processors: AMD Phenom™ II processor/ AMD Athlon™ II processor

Hyper Transport Bus

  • 2000 MT/s

Chipset

  • NVIDIA® GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset

Memory

  • 2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8GB of system memory (Note 1)
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR3 1333(OC)/1066/800 MHz memory modules

Onboard Graphics

  • Integrated in the Chipset: 1 x D-Sub port

Audio

  • Realtek ALC889 codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (Note 2)

LAN

  • Onboard Realtek RTL8211CL (10/100/1000Mbit)
  • Expansion Slots
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
  • 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
  • 1 x PCI slot

Storage Interface

Chipset:

  • 4x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and JBOD

USB

Chipset:

  • Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, 6 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x system fan header
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x parallel port connector
  • 1 x clearing CMOS jumper

Back Panel Connectors

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x serial port
  • 1 x D-Sub port
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 3 x audio jacks (Line In / Line Out / MIC In)

I/O Controller

  • iTE IT8720 chip

H/W Monitoring

  • System voltage detection
  • CPU / System temperature detection
  • CPU / System fan speed detection
  • CPU / System warning temperature
  • CPU / System fan failure warning
  • CPU fan speed control (Note 3)

BIOS

  • 2 x 8 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

Unique Features

  • Supports @BIOS
  • Supports Q-Flash
  • Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
  • Supports Download Center
  • Supports Xpress Install
  • Supports Xpress Recovery2
  • Supports EasyTune(Note 4)
  • Support for Auto Green
  • Support for On/Off Charge

Bundle Software

  • Norton Internet Security (OEM version)

Operating System

  • Support for Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP

Form Factor

  • Micro ATX form factor; 24.4cm x 20.5cm
  • Note (Note 1) Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
  • (Note 2) To configure 7.1-channel audio, you have to use an HD front panel audio module and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver.
  • (Note 3) Whether the CPU fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU cooler you install.
  • (Note 4) Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
Features
  • CPU: Support for AMD AM3/Phenom II/Athlon II processor. Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset
  • Memory: 2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8GB of system memory, Dual channel memory architecture, Support for DDR3 1333(OC)/1066/800 MHz memory modules
  • Audio: Realtek ALC889 codec, High Definition Audio, 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel. LAN: Onboard Realtek RTL8211CL (10/100/1000Mbit)
  • Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots. 1 x PCI slot
  • Storage Interface: 4x SATA 3Gb/s connectors. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and JBOD
  • Back Panel Connectors:1 x PS/2 keyboard port/1 x PS/2 mouse port/1 x serial port/1 x D-Sub port/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports/1 x RJ-45 port/3 x audio jacks (Line In / Line Out / MIC In)
  • Internal I/O Connectors:1 x 24-pin ATX power connector/1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector/4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors/1 x CPU fan header/1 x system fan header/1 x front panel header/1 x front panel audio header/3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers/1 x parallel port connector/1 x clearing CMOS jumper
  • USB: Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
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Reviews
Jaime Hernandez "Jaime Hernandez, The Cyber F... 5.0
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I bought this motherboard for a recent build I did. All in all, for $50 it truly is an amazing motherboard. Stable and fast for $50 you cannot beat it. I paired it up with an AMD x4 processor and 2 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM. All for about $180...added in some other things I had and it made a great upgrade from the old system.One thing I always do with the nForce motherboards is visit the NVidia website to get the latest nForce drivers. Typically the ones that come with the motherboard on the CD are ... old and just...eh. Do that and you will love it. More >
Andrew Repp "drew" 5.0
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great AMD board for a budget build/home/office system and or replacement board for a rebuild.Do your homework before buying your components. RAM is DDR3I suggest G.Skill Memory as it is very stable: G.Skill Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (2 x 2GB sticks = [4GB])If you are doing a budget build? Here is a great 585W PSU for about 30 bones: Compucase Hec HP585DRemember to visit Gigabyte's website for this board for specifications, supported processors and memory lists.Link:[...]
J. Rizza 5.0
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a good board for an up to date desktop it runs fairly capable Athelon II multicore CPUs. be warned there are no IDE ports on this board so you are going to have to use SATA devices. Delivery was on time and the price was right.
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