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HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Motherboard Specifications, IPMMB-FM (Formosa)

Figure 1: The Formosa motherboard

Photograph of motherboard

Motherboard description

  • Manufacturer name: Pegatron

  • Motherboard name: IPMMB-FM

  • HP/Compaq name: Formosa

  • SSID: 2AD5h

Form Factor

  • uATX: 24.4 cm (9.6 in) x 24.4 cm (9.6 in)


  • Intel Z75

Front-side bus speed

  • 5 GT/s (FM Direct Media Interface bus)

CAUTION: Some system configurations for this motherboard use a BIOS that provides access to overclocking. Overclocking motherboard components is done so at risk of damaging sensitive components and is not supported by HP.

Processor upgrade information

  • TDP: Varies by processor

  • Socket type: LGA 1155 (Socket-H2)

  • Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

    Intel Core i3-3xxxT (Ivy Bridge) Dual Core
    35 W
    Intel Core i3-3xxx (Ivy Bridge) Dual Core
    55 W
    Intel Core i5-3xxxK (Ivy Bridge) Quad Core
    75 W
    Intel Core i5-3xxxT (Ivy Bridge) Dual Core
    35 W
    Intel Core i5-3xxxT (Ivy Bridge) Quad Core
    45 W
    Intel Core i5-3xxxS (Ivy Bridge) Quad Core
    65 W
    Intel Core i5-3xxxP (Ivy Bridge) Quad Core (onboard graphics not supported)
    69 W
    Intel Core i5-3xxx (Ivy Bridge) Quad Core
    77 W
    Intel Core i7-3xxx (Ivy Bridge) Quad Core
    77 W
    Intel Core i7-3xxxK (Ivy Bridge) Quad Core
    77 W
    Intel Core i3-2xxx (Sandy Bridge) Dual Core
    65 W
    Intel Core i3-2xxxT (Sandy Bridge) Dual Core
    35 W
    Intel Core i5-2xxx (Sandy Bridge) Quad Core
    95 W
    Intel Core i7-2xxx (Sandy Bridge) Quad Core
    95 W
    Intel Pentium G6xx (Sandy Bridge) Dual Core
    65 W
    Intel Pentium G6xxT (Sandy Bridge) Dual Core
    35 W
    Intel Pentium G8xx (Sandy Bridge) Dual Core
    65 W

Memory upgrade information

  • Dual channel memory architecture

  • Four 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets

  • Supports the following:

    • PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)

    • PC3-12800 (DDR3-1600)

  • Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered

  • Supports 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB DIMMs

  • Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit systems

    NOTE: 32-bit systems cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
  • Supports up to 32 GB on 64-bit systems

    NOTE: Maximum memory shown reflects the capability of the hardware and can be limited further in the operating system.


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD Integrated graphics (DX11)

*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card or an Intel processor ending with “P” is installed.

  • Integrated graphics depends on the installed processor:

    • For Sandy Bridge processors: Intel HD 2000 Graphics or Intel HD 3000 Graphics

    • For Ivy Bridge processors: Intel HD 2500 or Intel HD 4000 Graphics

  • One PCI Express x16 slot (Gen 3.0)


Integrated IDT 92HD73E Audio

*Integrated audio is not available if a sound card is installed.

  • 7.1 channel audio

  • Audio codec: IDT 92HD73E

  • Beats Audio support: yes



  • Interface: Integrated into motherboard

  • Technology: Atheros AR8161L

  • Data transfer speeds: up to 10/100/1000 Mb/s

  • Transmission standards: 1000BASE-T Ethernet

Expansion Slots

  • One PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.0 for i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge processors, all others Gen 2.0)

  • Three PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.0)

  • One PCI Express Mini Card

I/O Ports and internal connectors

Back I/O ports

Figure 2: Back I/O ports

Image of the back I/O ports
1 - S/PDIF
2 - USB 2.0: 4
3 - LAN (ethernet)
4 - USB 3.0: 2
5 - DVI-I: 1 and DVI-D: 1
6 - Audio: Center/subwoofer
7 - Audio: Line-in
8 - Audio: Rear speaker out
9 - Audio: Line-out
10 - Audio: Side speaker out
11 - Audio: Microphone

Internal Connectors

  • 1x ATX power connector

  • 1x ATX CPU power connector

  • 1x CPU fan connector

  • 1x System fan connector

  • 1x pump fan connector

  • 6x SATA 2.0 connectors (SATA 0 - 1 @ 6 Gb/s, SATA 2 -5 @ 3 Gb/s)

  • 3x USB 2.0 connectors

  • 1x USB 3.0 connectors

  • 1x Front panel audio connector

  • 1x ROM recovery connector

  • 1x Hood sense connector

  • 1x One touch reset connector

  • 1x One touch recovery connector

  • 1x Wireless LED connector

  • 1x Front panel connector

Jumper Settings

CAUTION: Do not change any jumper setting while the computer is on. Damage to the motherboard can result.

Clearing the CMOS settings

This motherboard has a jumper to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS.

  1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.

  2. Move the jumper to clear for 5 to 10 secs, then move the jumper back to default.

  3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.

  4. On the next startup, enter BIOS setup to re-enter user settings.

Clearing the PASSWORD settings

The BIOS password is used to protect BIOS settings from unwanted changes.

To erase the BIOS password follow these steps:

  1. Turn OFF the computer.

  2. Move the jumper to Clear.

  3. Turn ON the computer to POST screen.

  4. Turn OFF the computer.

  5. Move the jumper back to Default.

  6. Enter BIOS setup to verify or configure new settings.

Motherboard layout

Figure 3: layout

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