The A8-3850 is just what AMD needed before the release of Bulldozer. Zacate, Llano and soon to appear Bulldozer looks to give AMD a powerful 1-2-3 punch in the marketplace. The A8-3850 is just what AMD needs in the mainstream desktop sector and OEM manufacturers are chomping at the bit at Fusion technology coupled with a very impressive performing processor.
As usual, Gigabyte comes out with a bang with the GA-A75M-UD2H. The aesthetics on both the box and the motherboard are typical of Gigabyte’s mainstream motherboards and give a soft look. The features hold today’s updated hardware with 6G sata and USB 3.0. Additional treats like multiple PCI(E) slots are not part of the package as the platform as detailed is engineered and positioned for mainstream desktops and workstations. The quality upholds Gigabyte’s reputation for manufacturing a quality product.
The BIOS is unsurprisingly rather basic but we hoped Gigabyte would migrate to the new UEFI interface, though admittedly it’s not necessary. Easytune 6 is a very good overclocking and management software but most of all, is user-friendly. We really could not find any negative issues with the GA-A75M-UD2H.
Adding an additional graphics card is what separates the men from the boys here as a 6xxx series GPU can run in Crossfire with the on-die GPU, which is in our opinion, groundbreaking territory and the results show major gains in performance. Although mainstream users may not add an additional graphics card, the 6550D gives plenty of graphic performance as a standalone for light duty workloads; don’t expect this to be a gaming rig. However, on the more enthuasiast slant, overclocking the A8-3850 gave a very healthy boost on this Gigabyte A75 board. For a micro-ATX motherboard, it packs all the features mainstream users will seek.
The Pure Point: Retailing for aobut $100 US, the Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H is a strong performer at a great price.