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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.

Testbed

For testing the ASUS F2A55-M, the following testbed was used.

Benchmarks

Starting the benchmarks are the two most popular data compression software: WinRAR and 7-zip. For both of these programs I have used the built-in benchmarking software. A higher score is better.

The next test is Cinebench R11.5 wherein a 3D image is rendered using the CPU. This test stresses all the CPU cores, maximizing the threads. Results are given in points, the higher the better. The second test x264 HD 4.0 is a video encoding test in which a small HD video file is encoded in x264 format. The results are measured in frames per second, in that the faster a processor, the higher the fps.

PCMark, Performance Test  and Geekbench stress tests all the resources of a system. Since almost all the components in our testbed are one of the best in the market right now, the entirety of the performance will depend on how good our test motherboard is. As usual, the higher the score, the better.

3DMark 11 is an industry standard graphical benchmark, and while it mostly stresses the graphics card, the CPU is also highly stressed for specific tests. The higher the score, the better.

 

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