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ASUS F1A85-V PRO Motherboard Review

By on December 4, 2012
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ASUS brings their a-game for the Trinity APUs.

Good: Good build quality; Decent performance; Easy overclock; Great set of extra features (mostly software) to customize and enhance experience.
Bad: An expensive proposition compared to what competitors offer.
Price: AED 550
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

ASUS is known not only for their quality components, but also because of their feature rich packages that provide value unmatched by other manufacturers at times. The ASUS F1A85-V PRO is one such motherboard that throws a ton of features for a chipset meant for budget gaming or as an HTPC.

 

One of the most obvious things about the ASUS F1A85-V PRO is its focus on overclocking. We have their DIGI+ Power Control system which allows for efficient power delivery to the CPU and integrated GPU, as well as the memory when tweaking speed and voltage controls within the BIOS.  Of course, the Auto Tuning software will give you a pre-defined overclock based on your CPU, so you don’t even have to worry about anything else. Still, the automatic overclock isn’t as aggressive as what custom tuning can achieve.

Another feature that’s becoming popular in most new motherboards is the ability to charge your devices even when the computer is turned off, not just in hibernation or sleep state. As such, ASUS promises 3x faster charging compared to normal USB trickle charge.

Another cool feature to touch upon is the Remote Go! Software which allows you to share files from your PC to DLNA devices over WiFi as well as Remote Desktop capability. It just streamlines the whole process of sharing media in your house without the need to dig deep into menus.

There are other helpful software that make tweaking the system a lot of fun, such as Fan Xpert2 and Network iControl and Turbo V, but of course one can completely ignore these, although that would sort of defeat the purpose of getting a board as feature rich as the ASUS F1A85-V PRO.

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