Gigabyte A75-UD4H FM1 Motherboard Preview

Author: SKYMTL
Date: June 18, 2011
Product Name: Gigabyte A75-UD4H
Warranty: 3 Years
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A Closer Look at the Gigabyte A75-UD4H

While Gigabyte’s A75 and A55 motherboards will span the mATX and even mini-ITX ends of the spectrum, the UD4H sticks with a standard ATX form factor. Unlike some of their other boards, we can also see that Gigabyte has decided to stick with their usual blue and white colour scheme this time.

The FM1 socket and its retention bracket are placed on an area of the board that is reasonably clear of obstacles which should make mounting heatsinks easy. We can also see that the large square AM2/AM3 heatsink bracket we’re all used to seeing has been replaced with the FM1’s two individual brackets.

AMD’s reference spec for these boards includes an 8-pin power connector for A8 processor compatibility since some of the higher-end Llano chips will hit and possibly exceed the 100W threshold. To cope with the possibility of overclocking adding more power draw on top of the 100W TDP, Gigabyte has used an 8+2 phase power distribution grid for their A75-UD4H.

What’s this? Pictures of an almost three year old heatsink in the preview of an unreleased motherboard? No, this isn’t a cruel joke but rather a demonstration that any AM2, AM3 or AM3+ compatible heatsink will fit like a glove onto the FM1’s retention brackets….even an old but still fully functional Arctic Cooling Alpine 64. So anyone upgrading their older AMD system shouldn’t worry about buying a new heatsink or expensive and very rare stand-alone adaptors.

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