ECS A75F-A Black Deluxe
Elite Group has brought a good product to the table with the A75F-A motherboard. The aesthetics are tasteful and conservative, not overdone with bold colours, and would look good in any case. Installation was a breeze and no problems were encountered that were unusual. ECS has finally migrated to the UEFI interface BIOS that have flashy colors on your screen and makes it generally easy for both the novice and the enthusiast. The only negative we saw in the BIOS were the voltage adjustments, as they showed the increases in +/- millivolts and did not show the final clock speed (as found in the EOC overclocking software). Not a deal breaker, but hopefully a BIOS update will address this issue.
Overclocking the A75F-A was slightly disappointing, as our final overclock on the AMD Llano A8-3850 fell well short of the top overclock on the APU. In fairness, we have to say very few will overclock the APU but the platform does give a Crossfire option with the on-die GPU. This is groundbreaking nonetheless, as performance seekers can add a Radeon 6670 or 6770 in the PCIE slot and select crossfire in Catalyst Control Center, giving two to three times the framerates in most games. The A57F-A, in tandem with any Llano APU, gives the mainstream user not only an affordable rig but a capable basic gaming rig on the cheap with the additional GPU.
We found the ECS A75F-A Black Deluxe for about $85, which makes it one of the most affordable FM1 socket boards out there. You won’t break any speed records with this motherboard, but it’s a great value option for those on a tight budget.