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ECS A85F2-A Golden Motherboard Review

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Posted February 5, 2013 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards

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Price at time of Review: $126.99 on Newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great Overclockable Motherbaord, Crossfire ready Application. Aesthetics appeal
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

One SATA Port location is off
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you are looking for a budget friendly APU motherboard with great overclockability and many features, the ECS A85F2-A is a great buy at the price point.
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A85X Chipset

AMD is actually using three chipsets for Trinity: The A55, A75 and A85X. The A55 and A75 are carried over from Llano, and AMD developed the A85X chipset for this round with Trinity. As we see, AMD gives a good/better/best strategy with all three chipsets. Today, we will use the ECS A85F2-A Motherboard for testing.

Let’s compare the A75 and A85X chipset:

Looking at the block diagram, we see only one change. The A85x still uses the Hudson controller hub and we see eight serial ATA ports over six with the A75 chipset and reconfigured GPU lanes. The socket does change from 905 pins to 904 and the change in socket is confusing. We do not engineer processors but only review them, and needless to say, we feel the socket change might hurt. The upgrade path for Llano users would have been a better move in our opinion; however, the socket change may play into future releases, and it might have been necessary. Also, We have to admit that we have been spoiled by the never ending socket AM3+.

 

Here is the A85X chipset:

 

Let’s take look at the product features and specification on the ECS A85F2-A.

 

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2 Comments


  1.  
    Peter Cox

    I thought this was a great review. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is what boost the i3 would have had with the ATI 6670 video card. That would have been a bit more “apples to apples” approach to video games portion of the review.

    Also, if you took a similarly priced FX cpu and the ATI 6670 video card in a $120.00 ECS AM3+ board… how would it compare?

    I do have to say that this socket/cpu/gpu combination is not a desktop part that I would choose. In a laptop, it sounds very appealing.




  2.  
    Kenny

    “I thought this was a great review. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is what boost the i3 would have had with the ATI 6670 video card. That would have been a bit more “apples to apples” approach to video games portion of the review.

    Also, if you took a similarly priced FX cpu and the ATI 6670 video card in a $120.00 ECS AM3+ board… how would it compare?

    I do have to say that this socket/cpu/gpu combination is not a desktop part that I would choose. In a laptop, it sounds very appealing.”

    Hi Peter, Thanks for your message, also thank you for reading the review. Unfortunately at the time of this review, we didn’t have the i3 processor on hand for running additional test. The data for the i3 was taken from the last review comparing the A10-5800k processor. However, even if we did I would say that the performance on the AMD APU platform would have been better due to the reasons of the hybrid crossfire with the onboard GPU die. This gave the better advantage for any graphically benchmark while the i3 would have ran the 6670 as a single card application and the results would have been purely on the 6670 in the graphical arena.

    Regarding comparing the FX with the 6670, that is a great question. Unfortunately I don’t have a similar FX processor to put that to the test for comparison, however based on its architecture and processing matter, the APU might have a slight edge over the FX chip running similair (core for core) hardware again due to the fact of being able to crossfire the 6670 with its onboard GPU die. However when it comes to raw CPU performance the FX chips will have its benefits and take a leap in front of the APU. I would say, if you are looking for just raw CPU performance, I would look into the FX processors rather then a APU.

    While the APU design factors were not meant to replace a high powered desktop PC (thats what the FX series are there for), it’s primary design feature if give consumers a budget friendly platform that can provide a above standard performance given the amount of money you spend. At the price point of the mobos/CPU/and GPU, can get create a great budget friendly HTPC and everyday use desktop replacement for very little money.

    Hope this answers some questions you may have and please feel free to add any additional comments. Also if you want to join in on a discussion. Please sign up for our forums.. We have a great group of people here and look forward to everyones feedback.

    Kenny





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