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Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard

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Posted October 24, 2012 by James Baranski (Drdeath) in CPU & Motherboards

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Release Date: Current
 
Price at time of Review: $135
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Priced right and offers choices from the single on die GPU to an added 6670 in Crossire or a discrete higher end graphics card.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Black and grey will flow with any hardware but look is a bit bland,
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If your looking for a low priced platform, Trinity is definitely a great bang for the buck and Gigabyte has a winner with the GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard
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by James Baranski (Drdeath)
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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 Gigabyte’s GA-F2A85X-UP4 (A85X) 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 specifications and features of the GA-F2A85X-UP4.

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