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Reviewed: ASUS F1A75-V PRO vs ECS A75F-A vs Gigabyte A75-D3H

By on August 4, 2011
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Good: Fast performance at stock speeds; Enough USB 3.0 and SATA III ports to last many years; Easy expansion with further PCIe slots; Built-in VGA/DVI/HDMI ports; Easy overclocking
Bad: Overclocking CPU & GPU speeds doesn't increase performance
Price: AED 340 (ECS); AED 480 (Gigabyte); AED 520 (ASUS)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


Starting off with the ASUS F1A75-V PRO motherboard, this is the most feature filled and thus the most expensive motherboard of the bunch. Coming in at $130 (AED 520), two key features distinguish the high price of the ASUS F1A75-V PRO compared to the Gigabyte and ECS board: it has 7 SATA III (6gb/s) ports and support for up to 64GB DDR3-1866 ram.

 

One of the best things I like about the new ASUS motherboards, and the F1A75-V PRO is no exception, is the UEFI BIOS. It’s extremely easy to navigate and the helpful tips for each category should be good for newcomers to the overclocking scene.

Also, the ASUS F1A75-V PRO is the only motherboard to reach DDR3-1866MHz on our G.Skill RipJaws X DDR3-2133MHz ram. Of all the A75 chipset motherboards I have tested for the new AMD Llano platform, no motherboard has managed to successfully boot beyond 1600MHz speeds, despite me increasing the voltage. So kudos to ASUS for making a brilliant board that managed to overclock the ram without me even tweaking the voltage! Sadly, there’s no option to increase the GPU speeds, just the CPU multiplier, the overall system speed (FSB) and the memory speeds.

And despite the successful memory boost, the results were quite underwhelming. I know that overclocking the CPU clock speeds or even the APU core clock speeds has almost no perceptible performance increase at all, so I was quite looking forward to the memory speed increase.

As you can see, the (almost) 17% speed increase has not significant increase, with only WinRAR, 3DMarks and Passmark seeing a tangible speed increase.

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