Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:50
The Futurelooks AMD A85 Series FM2 Motherboard Round Up Featuring ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI
AMD brought their newest Piledriver architecture to their APU chips first with the release of Trinity. We have already looked at the Trinity chips themselves, so lets take a better look at the motherboards designed to support them. Today, our AMD A10-5800K APU will be paired with three great FM2 socket motherboards with three leading manufacturers and we’ve selected the MSi FM2-A85XA-G65, GIGABYTE GA-F2A85X-UP4, and ASUS F2A85-V PRO. May the best board win!
Legit Reviews-BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W Motherboard Review
Giving the Specifications a quick look through, we can see that the Biostar Hi-Fi A85W motherboard supports all AMD socket FM2 APUs. We also can see that this motherboard can handle up to 64GBs of memory that is rated up to 2400MHz (Overclocked). As far as the PCI-E/PCI expansion ports, this motherboard only supports up to a 16 X 4x configuration on two full length PCI-E VGA expansion ports; what this means is that we will not be able to run a fully compliant AMD Crossfire configuration, but you will still be able to run AMD Crossfire configuration; just your mileage will vary greatly. The Audio that is being used on this motherboard is from Realtek. In the past this audio chip has provided with decent high quality sound. The South Bridge is fully compliant with all SATA ports to fully support SATA 6GB/s interfacing, unlike Intel's ability of only supporting up two SATA 6GB/s storage interfacing ports. The only other thing I am going to touch base on is the limited number of USB 3.0 ports; this particular board can only use up to four total USB 3.0 ports.
PureOC-ECS A85F2-A Golden Motherboard Review
When it comes to using this new processing power, it’s also important to choose the right motherboard that fits the bill. The APU line of motherboards were designed to be affordable, but also offer high performance standards. Today we are going to be looking at a new motherboard from ECS: the A85F2-A Golden Motherboard. This motherboard will follow its A85X (hudson D4) chipset. ECS doesn’t call this board the “Golden” board for no reason, and, as we take a closer look, you will see why.
Legit Reviews-ASUS ARES II Video Card Review
If you are looking for a new gaming graphics card and money is not an issue, you are in for a real treat today! ASUS recently sent over the ASUS ARES II and we have been pounding on this card for days on end. In case you haven't heard about the ARES II, you are missing out. The ARES II is what happens when you take two overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970 'Tahaiti' GPU's and let the engineers over at ASUS do what they do best without and budget restrictions. After seven months of work, ASUS has launched the ARES II and hopes to take the performance crown when it comes to the fastest video card in the world.