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Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2 based on AMD A58: review and testing

According to the name of the hero of this review the motherboard GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2which use chipset AMD A58. It is one of available chipsets to work with series of AMD Kaveri processors or solutions of lineup AMD Trinity / Richland, that is intended for platforms AMD FM2+ and AMD FM2.  

As we mentioned during our first meeting with the flagship set of system logic AMD A88X, a new lineup of chipsets is only slightly modified models of the previous generation. So, AMD A58 is practically a complete analog of AMD A55. Its main advantage is the support of the standard PCI Express 3.0. However, to implement it in your system motherboard with one index «A55» it will not be enough, because the controller is integrated directly only into APU AMD Kaveri.

All other features are similar to versions AMD A55. The new chipset supports six SATA 3Gb/s, fourteen USB 2.0 ports and arrays RAID 0, 1, 10 Unfortunately, the implementation of ports USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s lies to the manufacturers of motherboards that can take advantage of third-party controllers.

 

FM2

FM2+

Chipset

A85X

A75

A55

A88X

A78

A58 

Standard PCI Express

2.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

3.0 

Line distribution scheme

х16

х8+х8

х16

х16

х16

х8+х8

х16

х16 

SATA 3 Gb/s / SATA 6 Gb/s

0 / 8

0 / 6

6 / 0

0 / 8

0 / 6

6 / 0 

USB 2.0 / USB 3.0

14 / 4

14 / 4

14 / 0

14 / 4

14 / 4

14 / 0 

RAID

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 10

0, 1, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 10

0, 1, 10 

Looking at the full features of AMD A58 compared to other chipsets, it is clear that its destiny is the use as part of budget systems or office PC, since it is fairly difficult to imagine a modern user who will voluntarily refuse USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s ports. But let's move on to examining the model GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2. And we'll start by studying the characteristics of a new item.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

The specs:

Producer

GIGABYTE

Model

GA-F2A58M-DS2 (rev 3.0)

Chipset

AMD A58

SPU socket

Socket FM2+

Supported CPUs

AMD A / AMD Athlon

Memory frequency

2400* / 2133 / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

2 x DDR3 DIMM- slot with memory support up to 64 GB

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

1 x PCI

Disk subsystem

AMD A58 chipset supports:

4 x SATA 3 Gb/s

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, JBOD

LAN

1 x Realtek 8111F (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC887

2/4/5.1/7.1-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power

24-pin ATX main power connector

8-pin ATX12V power connector

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

1 x system fan connector (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Extenral I/O

1 х DVI-D

1 x D-Sub

1 x LAN (RJ45)

4 x USB 2.0

3 x аудиопорта

2 х PS/2 (mouse or keyboard)

Internal I/O

2 x USB 2.0, each with the support of two USB 2.0

4 x ports SATA 3 Gb/s

1 х COM socket

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x S/PDIF Out

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x CMOS reset

BIOS

2 х 64 Мb UEFI BIOS

PnP 1.0а, DMI2.7, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0, WfM 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty brochure

Disk with drivers and utilities

2 x SATA cables

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

microATX

226 х 174 mm

Producer website

 

GIGABYTE
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on support page

Packaging and content

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

Packing motherboard GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2 is made of cardboard and decorated with quality printing in a corporate style. When you look at the box in the first thing that attracts attention is the name of model and of the manufacturer. Slightly below is the logo of branded concept Ultra Durable 4 Plus, which includes the following features:

  • Ultra Performance – circuitry is collected by using high quality components such as solid capacitors and field-effect transistors with low on-resistance (Low RDS (on)). They are distinguished by improved performance, stability and reliability.
  • Ultra Safe - this model is equipped with two chips with firmware BIOS (main and backup) that will allow you to avoid a visit to the service center in the event of damage to the main chip.
  • Humidity Protection - an improved method of laying glass fiber reduces the negative effects of moisture, allowing you to more effectively resist the short-circuit currents.
  • Power Failure Protection - the motherboard uses special fuses for protection against excessive voltage.
  • Electrostatic Protection - additional circuitry helps protect the USB ports and RJ45 connector on the interface board from the damaging effects of electrostatic discharges.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

On the reverse side you can pay attention to a large schematic representation of the motherboard and the configuration of the interface board. Also here is a short list of the device and the reference about the support of technology GIGABYTE ON/OFF Charge, the description of which can be found in one of our previous materials.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

Supplied set includes only the essentials, namely the plug of interface board, two SATA cables, CD with software and user manual.

Design and features

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

New product is made on dark brown PCB with microATX format and reduced width (226 x 174 mm). The motherboard has full accordance with its status as an affordable model. Most of its elements are painted in black and white colors, while the radiator uses the usual for this class of gray color.

As for the on-board elements layout, all ports and connectors are located on the best places, so you will not have problems with the build system based on the GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

Looking at the reverse side of the new item, you can pay attention to the standard base plate of the socket, as well as the fact that the only radiator is secured with plastic clips.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

At the bottom of the board there are the following connectors: front panel audio leading-in socket, S/PDIF Out, COM port, CMOS reset, two modules for activation of additional USB 2.0 interfaces, as well as front panel connection module. Total number of USB 2.0 sockets is eight: four are internal and four on the interface panel.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

The organization of disk subsystem is presented by four SATA 6 Gb/s ports. They are operated due to chip AMD A58. There is a support of arrays RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10. Despite the perpendicular arrangement of the ports, the long expansion cards will not prevent drives connection.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

The tested model is equipped by two DIMM-slots for memory modules of DDR3 standard which are equipped with latches on both sides. Modules operated at frequencies up to 2133 MHz in the nominal mode and up to 2400 MHz in overclocked mode are supported.

Despite the declared by manufacturer support of 64 GB of RAM, the actual maximum amount is no more than 16 GB due to the absence of available modules larger than 8 GB. However, it will be enough to solve all the problems posed by the user for a compact entry-level system.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

Cooling system of the product includes one radiator which provides heat removal from chipset AMD A58. In the process of testing the following temperature indices were fixed:

  • radiator for cooling the chipset - 47 ° C;
  • FETs of power subsystem - 70,6 ° C;
  • chokes of power subsystem - 63,7 ° C.

The obtained results are quite reasonable, especially taking into account the absence of a radiator on the elements of the power subsystem.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

Processor power supply is performed via 5-phase scheme for computational cores and additional joints. The converter is based on digital PWM-controller ISL62773. The circuitry is made by high quality components such as: solid capacitors and chokes with ferrite cores. Basic 24-pin and additional 8-pin connectors are use for power feeding.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

To extend the functionality of GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2 user has three slots:

  1. PCI Express 3.0 x16 (mode х16);
  2. PCI Express 2.0 x1;
  3. PCI.

Such set of expansion slots is quite sufficient for a compact and inexpensive model. As you can see, to install the graphics card there is a single slot PCI Express x16, which is connected to the processor and always uses all 16 lines of the standard PCI Express 3.0 (in the case of installation of APU AMD Kaveri). Do note the support of AMD Dual Graphics, which allows you to organize the graphics subsystem based on a joint operation in the integrated GPU and discrete graphics card.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

Multi I/O capabilities are based on ITE IT8620E chip which controls the operation of the system fans, COM, LPT and PS/2 ports, as well as provides the monitors.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

To support network connections there is a GB LAN-controller Realtek RTL8111F.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

Sound subsystem of the model is based on the 8-channel HAD-codec Realtek ALC887 which supports 2/4/5.1/7.1 audio systems.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

Interface panel of the model contains the following ports:

  • 1 x D-Sub;
  • 1 x DVI-D;
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45);
  • 4 х USB 2.0;
  • 2 х PS/2 (mour and keyboard);
  • 3 x audio jacks.

On the one hand, you can complain about the absence of modern USB 3.0 ports, inconvenient connection of multi-channel speaker, as well as the absence of interface HDMI. On the other hand, we have a model that is available in retail for only $ 60, so a similar set of ports is justified.

A special mention is given to the ability to connect remote panel with port COM that expands the list of supported peripherals.

GIGABYTE GA-F2A58M-DS2

The capabilities of organizing the cooling system inside the case are quite standard. There are two 4-pin fan connectors, one of which is used for CPU cooling system, while the other is designed for system fans.


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