Although marketed as an mATX size motherboard, at 244mm by 200mm the A880G+ actually matches the smaller DTX format dimensions. It shares the same length as other mATX boards but with a shorter width, which will be more useful in smaller environments such as HTPC and SFF cases. The retail box seems very small and includes only two SATA cables, I/O shield, user manual and CD in addition to the board.
Just what does the A880G+ give up over the TA880G+ for its smaller size? Two DDR3 slots, two SATA ports, one USB header and a 1x PCI-e slot. Other than that the two are very similar. They both share the same 880G/SB710 chipset configuration with onboard HD4250 graphics, full AM3 CPU support including Phenom-II X6 processors, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI. The TA880G+ includes 8+2channel audio whereas the A880G+ offers only 6channel, and neither have the latest SATA 6Gb/s nor USB 3.0 compatibility.
Despite there being only two DDR3 slots, the A880G+ does support dual-channel operation, and retains both an IDE and Floppy connector, something that has started to disappear from some other recent motherboards. Four SATA 3Gb/s ports support RAID0/1/10 and two USB headers offer external connectivity for up to four ports. A 4pin PWM CPU and single 3pin SYS fan header are both located towards the front edge of the board. There are no built-in power or reset buttons like on the TA880G+.
Due to the limited space, only one 16x PCI-e slot and two PCI slots grace the A880G+, although there are headers for both parallel and serial communications ports if you need them. Basic 6channel audio with just three input/output jacks fill the rear panel, along with HDMI, DVI/VGA, Ethernet, four USB and a single PS2 port. A 4pin +12V CPU power connector supports up to 125W processors, which allows for nearly all current AMD chips.
Hardware monitoring for temperature and voltage is handled by the IT8721F. Solid capacitors and chokes are used exclusively to power the CPU, however standard electrolytic caps are utilized in various other locations on the board. No heatsink exists for the mosfets, nor mounting holes to attach one.
Let's go ahead and get the Biostar A880G+ installed.