Conclusion: We can’t say that the GA-F2A85X-UP4 is an obvious slam dunk. At nearly the same price point, MSI’s FM2-A85XA-G65 gives it a fair run for its money. But of the three FM2 boards we’ve reviewed recently, we’d have to say this Gigabyte model provides the best mix of affordability, quality, expandability, and usability for discerning enthusiasts likely to tweak an APU for maximum performance—or least squeeze out a few extra horses.
Pros: Excellent power componentry and control, Attractive, understated color scheme, Loads of I/O expansion capability, Four video-output types afford triple-display capability
Cons: The usual A85X limitations (PCIe 2.0, et al), No one-touch overclocking button, Some confusion over two- and three-way CrossFireX support
Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 FM2 Motherboard Review: Overkill for Trinity?
15 February 2013
Excerpt: FM2 poses an interesting quandary for motherboard manufacturers. AMD provides a very robust and full featured chip for use with their processors (A85X) that would lend itself well to midrange and enthusiast class motherboards. Unfortunately, AMD does not provide a similarly high end CPU as compared to the competition at price ranges that would make sense for a motherboard that would cost between $140 and $250 on the FM2 platform.
FM2 Platform: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Mainboard and AMD A10-5800K Processor Review
3 February 2013
Summary: Today we will talk about the functionality of the mainboard and try to find out why not very fast AMD Trinity processors consume so much power after all. Which of the system components have the most serious effect on the performance and power consumption? Computing cores, Graphics or memory – what must be overclocked and why should be left alone in the nominal mode?
Summary: It is the weirdest thing, the Tinity based APUs as released by AMD really are entry level products, I meant he most expensive APU is like 125 USD/EUR and that's a quad core processor with an embedded GPU. So the dynamic then is weird, as the motherboards submitted by Gigabyte is to be considered mainstream even with enthusiast looks, I mean look at it ... that's a drop dead gorgeous motherboard loaded and stacked with cool features.
Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 Review – Are PowIRStages Needed with Trinity?
14 December 2012
Conclusion: During the testing of a motherboard, anything that seems out of the ordinary or is not default behavior compared to a normal usage scenario gets noted down in my lists under the benchmark results. It gives a point of reference for me when it comes to writing the review and tells you guys and gals how I felt about the product. Looking back on my notes now and simply put, there are none. The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 just worked out of the box without issues and no abnormal...
Summary: The GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 may be on the higher side of the price range for FM2 motherboards, but the old adage you get what you pay for holds true today. The GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 is packed with features and performance to spare!
Excerpt: While we found ourselves impressed with the new Trinity based APU from AMD that we looked at just the other day , we continued to be left with a sour taste in our mouth due to the simple fact that while AMD make a strong product, it will continue to have trouble gaining market penetration because of the way it will be promoted... or not promoted for the most part.
Summary: At a price point of $129.99, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is in the mainstream category of A85X motherboards.
I was very surprised with the benchmarks. Using the same A10-5800K from launch, I pulled out slightly better numbers with the Gigabyte board than the board I tested prior. The numbers weren't anything substantially better. They were just a tad higher across all of the tests.
Conclusion: The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 is an excellent motherboard. It has tons of features and is very well built using high quality components. It is easy to overclock and has a great UEFI. The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 would be a good choice for a budget minded gamer who is looking for something that will play the games now, but that can be upgraded with better GPUs in SLI or CrossFire later on for even better performance. Anything less than that and an A75 would be a good fit.
Cons: Small MOSFET heatsink, UEFI is a little difficult to navigate
Summary: Being the first AMD APU platform I've ever worked with I have some mixed feelings about it. I don't really care for the Trinity APU itself as a CPU. Though I didn't have Llano numbers on hand for direct comparison, as I understand it there is little improvement on that front. It doesn't compare favorably to the AMD Phenom II CPUs or Intel's Core i7 875K which are both ancient at this point.