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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.

Overclocking

The MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 was made with overclocking in mind, making the process incredibly easy, with detailed tweaking even more accessible. If all you do is press the OC Genie II button on the motherboard, then the A10-5800K APU (@ 3.8GHz CPU and 800MHz GPU) is overclocked to 4.09GHz CPU and 887MHz GPU. Our system ram speed was also boosted from 1600MHz to 1680MHz. While that’s a decent system wide overclock at the touch of a button, we pushed things further with the CPU on 4.4GHz and GPU at 1086MHz, setting the voltage to 1.51v to provide sufficient electricity.

Conclusion

The MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 is a solid board with a host of overclocking options at your fingertips. While the base overclock (using OC Genie II) wasn’t as aggressive as I’d have liked, the standard overclock applied to other boards worked perfectly well in this case.

The A85X chipset ads support for both USB 3.0 and SATA III ports, a key ingredient for any modern gaming system. The two PCIe slots give you the option of two dedicated GPU in CrossFire, if you don’t want to combine the onboard GPU (in your APU) with a dedicated low-end AMD GPU.

There’s very little to fault with the MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 otherwise, sure there’s not much bundled with it, but at the price point I cannot make this an issue.

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