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GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 (AMD A85X) Motherboard Review (Page 1)

We take a closer look at the F2A85X-UP4 motherboard from GIGABYTE that we used in our original AMD Trinity coverage.
By Shawn Baker | Nov 27, 2012 01:08 am CST
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE



While we found ourselves impressed with the new Trinity based APU from AMD that we looked at just the other day, we continued to be left with a sour taste in our mouth due to the simple fact that while AMD make a strong product, it will continue to have trouble gaining market penetration because of the way it will be promoted... or not promoted for the most part.

Having looked at the APU in detail already we're taking the time today to take a closer look at the board we used in our original coverage. While we took a quick look at the GIGABYTE FMA85X-UP4 we'll today looking at it a bit closer. Along with that we'll also be taking the time to overclock our A10-5800K APU which is something we hadn't looked at in our original coverage.

Along with taking a closer look at the board itself we'll also be running the APU through our motherboard line-up of benchmarks which differs slightly to the CPU / APU ones we ran the other day. Before we look at that, though, we've got a few things to do with the first being taking a look at the package.

Once we've taken a look at the package we'll move into the board itself. While we did take a look at it in our original coverage, we'll get in a bit closer today and check it out in a little more detail. Next on the list is a look at the BIOS before we take a look at the test system setup here today and check out the overclocking side of things, which is something we're extremely interested in. Let's check out what's going on with the package first, though.



Checking out the front of the box there's nothing too unusual going on with a fairly standard setup being shown. You can see some of the main features here including Ultra Durable, 3D BIOS and a new feature to the AMD A85X chipset - CrossFire support.


Turning over to the back you can see some more detail on the Ultra Durable feature that is on offer along with information on the Dual BIOS feature and some of the other core features including VirtuMVP, 3D BIOS and Digital Power.


Being a lower end board it comes as no surprise that we don't have much going on when it comes to the bundle. You can see the normal line up of paperwork, driver CD, I/O plate and six SATA cables. Overall nothing too exciting, but ultimately everything you need to basically get up and running.

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