GIGABYTE Introduces New AM1 Series Motherboards

New AM1 series motherboards support the latest AMD Athlon and Sempron ‘Kabini' SOC APUs. By ChannelPro

GIGABYTE has introduced two new motherboards, the GA-AM1M-S2P and GA-AM1M-S2H, based on the AM1 motherboard platform. The new motherboards support the latest AMD Athlon and Sempron APUs built on the anticipated ‘Kabini' SOC architecture. GIGABYTE AM1 Series motherboards showcase a number of features and technologies including:

GIGABYTE RTC Clock IC

The all new ‘Kabini' APU's CMOS functions have been integrated into the APU, meaning that when the user removes the APU, all CMOS settings revert to factory defaults. Even with the battery in place, users will lose settings such as the current time. GIGABYTE's AM1 motherboards solve this issue by including a secondary RTC Clock IC onboard, so that even when the APU is removed, the CMOS settings are retained.

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 Plus

GIGABYTE AM1 motherboards feature Ultra Durable 4 Plus technology, which offers a range of features and component choices that provide optimal performance, cool and efficient operation, and extended motherboard lifespan.

Performance

GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan.

BIOS Protection

GIGABYTE motherboards feature DualBIOS to protects users from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings, or power failure during the update process by creating a “Main BIOS” and a “Backup BIOS.”

ESD Protection for USB and LAN

The GIGABYTE AM1 motherboard offers electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a protection filter that is designed to withstand high electrostatic discharges.

AMD ‘Kabini' Platform Highlights

The ‘Kabini' SOC architecture integrates up to 4 CPU cores and a Radeon R3 Series Graphics core. Supporting Windows 8.1, AMD Mantel, and DirectX 11.2 graphics, the new AMD Athlon and Sempron APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays through HDMI. The new AM1 platform also features native USB 3.0 and SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) support. 

4K Ultra HD Support

GIGABYTE AM1 series motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated AMD Radeon R3 Series graphics via HDMI.