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.
Summary: Gigabyte's new UP model series was inserted into their product range after Z77 motherboards with Intel's socket 1155 was introduced. It turns out that this model won't be limited to Intel sockets, but will also include AMD sockets.
Pros: good performance with good CPU power supply and extensive overclocking features, adequate equipment, like seven SATA and six USB 3.0 ports and an eSATA 6G, good overall performance and good stability, supports 3 way CrossFireX, reasonable efficiency, very economical when idling
Cons: suboptimal positioning of the CPU fan header
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?
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.
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!
Summary: At $129.99 the GIGABYTE F2A85X-UP4 is an aggressively priced motherboard. What we really like about the board is the look of it at this price point. When you're talking low $100 based motherboards, you expect them to look pretty ordinary.
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...
Cons: Small MOSFET heatsink, UEFI is a little difficult to navigate
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.