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#1 wuzzo

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:48 PM

Hello,
I'm about to buy a new Gigabyte motherboard and the specs. state;

" To use the onboard graphics ports, you must install an AMD APU with integrated graphics "

I'm not familiar with this. What does it mean ?
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

Its AMDs new CPU. Its called an APU, because of the technology. In the past, the graphics chip for an integrated graphics card was located in the north bridge of the motherboard, with the new setup, it is located in the CPU itself. So you need to find an APU (CPU) that supports the socket type of that motherbaord.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

Ah. OK, thanks. I thought it meant that I couldn't use my graphics card. No worries then, my board and CPU are FM2. Thanks.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:43 PM

Then just throw any FM2 socket CPU in and you should be good to go. :D (though, they all have the on board graphics chip in them from what ive seen)

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:35 AM

There have certainly been a few radical changes since I last assembled a machine, about three years ago. I don't recall there ever being a choice of CPU socket or memory type. It was pretty much set in stone.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:50 AM

lol well the choice has always been there, whether you want the latest or not. Right now, DDR3 is the memory standard, and if your wanting the latest with AMD, you want FM2. If the latest and the best arnt that important theres FM1 and AM3. But your right it has changed, a lot. :D

Edited by the_patriot11, 02 February 2013 - 11:51 AM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

I've just seen some boards which take a variety of socket standards and memory types. That's a pretty cool advance !
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