There are plenty of things to be excited about with the direction AMD is pushing for in terms of manufacturing processors. The new Fusion A-series processors have now hit the mainstream market and it combines the Northbridge, a multi-core CPU and discrete-level graphics into a single package. The move to a smaller 32nm manufacturing process made it possible to free up some real-estate on the motherboard and allows for a much more energy efficient design. The downside with having all of those mainboard features integrated into the APU however is that overclocking becomes much more trickier than what we have come to expect compared to previous AMD systems.
Having an FM1 motherboard that provides plenty of tweaking features and options is therefore important whenever dealing with the first batch of A-series APUs. Thankfully, manufacturers like ASUS are big believers in making the most out of any platform, providing highly overclockable motherboards even in smaller form factors. The ASUS Republic of Gamers ‘GENE’ line for example offers plenty of overclocking and enthusiast features that rival most high-end ATX mainboards. Combined with the new EFI BIOS interface, ASUS makes the art of overclocking simple while making it safe and virtually risk-free.
The ASUS F1A75-M Pro is an mATX motherboard that harnesses AMD’s new A-series Fusion processors. The ASUS F1A75-M Pro has multiple VGA output support and is capable of dual independent displays through the HDMI/DVI and D-Sub port. Powered by the new Hudson D3 chipset, the ASUS F1A75-M Pro natively supports six SATA3 6 GB/s ports, ten USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.0 ports. Improving upon this design, ASUS has added a pair of USB 3.0 ports powered by an Asmedia USB3 controller and has equipped the F1A75-M Pro with 4 + 2 power phase DIGI+ VRM for excellent overclockability. Much like the new AMD Llano APUs, the ASUS F1A75-M Pro combines advanced and flexible DirectX11 performance with a smaller profile and energy efficient design, pushing the boundaries of mainstream computing beyond expectations.