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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.

Closer Look

The basic Blue and Black theme of the F1A85-V PRO continues as it has in most of ASUS’ mainstream motherboards. The CPU area with its capacitors, VRMs and chokes is kept cool by the cool looking heatsink.  Its minimal design, but useful if you’re planning to put a large (area) heatsink.

Expansion for graphics card is done via two PCIe Gen 2.0 x16 slots which can be setup in CrossFire, with support from LucidLogix Virtu MVP Technology as well.

To the right are 7x SATA III (6Gbps) ports with full support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD. Al little more towards the back you’ll see the Direct Key, which takes you directly to the UEFI BIOS without the need for holding the DEL key during startup. It’s extremely convenient during failed overclocks.

To the top we have the 4x DIMM slots which support up to 64GB DDR3-1866MHz memory, going up to speeds of 2400MHz when overclocked.  The dual-channel architecture support AMD’s memory profile as well.

On the rear panel we have 2x USB 2.0 and 4x USB 3.0 ports in addition to an eSATA (6Gbps) port. For visual setup we have VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort, with audio coming from Optical S/PDIF and 6x 3.5mm surround sound jacks. The P/S2 connector and Realtek Gigabit LAN controller finish the panel.

Testbed

For testing the ASUS F1A85-V PRO the following setup was used.

Overclocking the ASUS F1A85-V PRO was simply a matter of turning the CPU ratio up to x44 with voltage set to 1.5v and onboard GPU speed up to 1031MHz. Things went smoothly from there on, although any higher resulted in system crashes.

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