MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Review

By on October 30, 2012
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A full featured board for your Trinity APU.

Good: Easy overclocking; In depth overclocking options; CrossFire, USB 3.0 and SATA III ports.
Bad: Default overclocking profile is very low; Small bundle of accessories.
Price: AED 450
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

When it comes to mid-range motherboards, MSI has these market segments well covered for various chipsets. While their specialized products, like the MPower series is something totally different, even their mass market products pack in a lot of goodies. As such today I’ll be looking at MSI’s FM2-A85XA-G65 motherboard which brings a host of features for AMD Trinity APUs.

So first off the FM2-A85XA-G65 is built using MSI’s famous Military Class III standard capacitors and chokes, which apart from longevity also ensures system stability while overclocking the APU. These work in tandem with the digital PWM controller which helps maintain system voltage control to various components, especially the APU itself.

Like most of MSI’s mainstream boards, the FM2-A85XA-G65 gets onboard buttons, including the OC Genie II. At the simple click of the button, you can have a complete system overclock profile loaded after a system restart. Of course this overclock profile, with in depth tweaks to speeds and voltage control can also be done within ClickBIOS II both in the BIOS and in Windows as well.

Since it’s based on the A85X chipset, the MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 also provides full native support for USB 3.0 and SATA III (6gbps) ports. Sadly the board itself isn’t packed with goodies; apart from the drivers disc and manuals, you only get four SATA cables, V-check point cable, M connector and the rear I/O panel shield.

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