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AMD A10-6700 & MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 Motherboard Review

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Posted June 12, 2013 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards

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Price at time of Review: AMD A10-6700 $142 MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 $79.99
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

A10-6700 CPU: Good price to performance ratio, on-board discrete graphics with 8670D.// MSI Motherboard: Good price to performance ratio, feature packed, innovative UEFI BIOS.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

A10-6700 CPU: Locked multiplier, the price is similar to the 6800K.// MSI Motherboard: None.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
For little money, the APU A10-6700, you can build a great budget gaming PC or workstation with money to spare. Its performance to value ratio is superb.
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A85X Chipset

With AMD’s new A-Series processors there were very few changes to its chipset. Let’s look at the comparison of its previous chipset to today’s new generation.

AMD is actually using three chipsets for Richland: The A55, A75 and A85X. The A55 and A75 are carried over from Llano and all three from Trinity. AMD developed the A85X chipset for this round with Trinity & Richland. AMD gives a good/better/best strategy with all three chipsets. Today, we will use the MSI A85XA-GD65 Motherboard for testing.

Let’s compare the A55, A75 and A85X chipset:

 

Looking at the block diagram, we see few changes. The A85x still uses the Hudson controller hub, but now we see eight serial ATA ports over six on the A75 chipset. We also see reconfigured GPU lanes.

 

 

Here is the A85X chipset:

 

With the Chipset overview complete, we move on to the new AMD Richland Processor, the A10-6700.

 

 

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