ASUS F2A55-M Motherboard Review

By on October 23, 2012
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A decent mATX board for your new Trinity HTPC.

Good: Decent performance; Great additional software from ASUS for overclocking and other system tweaks.
Bad: Missing on SATA III support; only 2x USB 3.0 ports.
Price: AED 250
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The ASUS F2A55-M comes to a square 9.6 x 9.6 inches, so most HTPC cases should be able to support it. The layout of the board itself is fairly spacious, black and blue being the main color scheme.

There are no heatsinks around the VRMs so it’s easy to install large heatsinks, not that you would if you’re buying an mATX motherboard.

The PCIe slots allow for easy expansion, limited as it is by the size of your chassis, including CrossFire support for dedicated graphics cards. Once again, buying an APU in the first place would indicate that you don’t need a powerful graphics card, let alone two in CFX mode. In any case, installing a low-end HD 6000 series card (like the HD 6670) will allow you to setup the integrated HD 7660D in CFX mode.

The six SATA ports are all 3gbps, not that you’ll be pushing the bandwidth limitations on an HTPC, so this should be fine for most people.

Moving to the rear panel we see four USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. Visual connectivity shouldn’t been an issue with a HDMI, VGA and DVI ports to choose from. The LAN, Optical and 6-channel audio ports complete the rest of the outputs.

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