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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.

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 betterNote: the new version of WinRAR (4.20) is used for this benchmark with makes more effecient used of multiple cores, hence the significant speed bump compared to the older version run on other motherboards.

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 7 and Performance Test 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.

Conclusion

The ASUS F1A85-V PRO performs in line with other motherboards in this class. While there’s nothing remarkable about stock performance, it’s worth noting that overclocking the system was also very easy. Add to this the extra features coming exclusively from ASUS, and you’ll have a hard time picking something else. Still, the competition has a lot to offer, so at the end of the day you’ll need to see which of the extra features are worthwhile and what brand to go for.

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