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?
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
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: 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.