Gigabyte AM1M-S2H
Written by Michael Larabel in Motherboards on 21 April 2014. Page 3 of 3. 16 Comments

Linux Compatibility:

As with the other AMD AM1 motherboards I have tested, the Gigabyte AM1M-S2H should work fine with modern Linux distributions. Most of my testing to date has been with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and with this Gigabyte motherboard it has worked out fine. There is though the usual limitations of the LM_Sensors / hwmon kernel drivers not finding any of the motherboard's hardware sensors. Additionally, with the GCN-based AM1 APU Radeon R3 Graphics, you will ideally want to pull in at least the Linux 3.14 kernel and Mesa 10.2-devel for the best performance of the open-source Radeon Linux graphics drivers if not using Catalyst.

For those curious about the performance of the Gigabyte AM1M-S2H, I uploaded to OpenBenchmarking.org via the Phoronix Test Suite some basic benchmark results of this motherboard compared to the ASUS AM1I-A motherboard. The Athlon 5350 APU was used throughout testing along with the rest of the same components. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was running on the software side with the Catalyst Linux graphics drivers. These basic AM1 motherboard benchmarks can be found on OpenBenchmarking.org via 1404169-KH-GIGABYTEM54.

Conclusion:

The Gigabyte AM1M-S2H motherboard is currently retailing online within the US for a $30~35 USD retail price, which is among the cheaper AM1 motherboards. The micro-ATX form factor might not be for everyone with these low-power, budget APUs if you're wanting to use the new AMD hardware for a HTPC / media center build, but otherwise the AM1M-S2H is a nice bargain. For just over $30 USD you get a micro-ATX motherboard with all of the standard functionality by other AM1 motherboards, one PCI Express x16 slot, two PCI Express x1 slots, and internal USB headers for six extra USB 2.0 ports. The price is right, the motherboard has been working well on Ubuntu Linux, and overall there's no major complaints about this motherboard in over the past week that it's been tested at Phoronix.

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