Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard Review - Test System, Testing Methods and Performance Tuning

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Benchmarking

To test all systems, processors, and motherboards, Hi Tech Legion has compiled a list of popular programs to test performance; these benchmarks are taken from programs that are available to the public. We have compiled these to create the Hi Tech Legion Benchmark Suite, which includes system, graphics, processor, rendering, compression, and word processing. All scores will be graphed for each specific test under its category: video benchmarks (gaming will be rated in FPS: Frames per second), system scores will be graded by numbers which are given as results by their respective programs, higher will be better unless otherwise specified. If file compression is chosen, then all times will be in seconds. All temperatures will be measured in Celsius. LAN Speed test v2 will be conducted with another Gigabit ethernet capable system running the LAN Speed Test server plugged in to the Gigabit router with 6ft. long Cat5e cables.  The SATA Crystal DiskMark benchmarks were performed with the test data set to "0 fill" because of the Sandforce based SSD used in our test system.

Systems

Test System

  • Processor: AMD A10-5800K APU
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4
  • CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14CS
  • Memory: 2x4GB Patriot Viper 3 DDR3 1866MHz
  • Video Card: Radeon 7660D iGPU
  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM (OS), Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD (Test)
  • USB 3.0 flash drive: Patriot Supersonic XT 32GB USB drive
  • Power Supply: Antec 750W HCG Power Supply
  • Router: ASUS RT-N53
  • Media: LG Blu-Ray Drive
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

 

 

Benchmarks

System Benchmarks

  • PCMark 7
  • Cinebench (R11.5)
  • AIDA 64 (Cache and Memory)
  • WinRAR

Connectivity Benchmarks

  • LAN SpeedTest v3
  • USB 3.0
  • SATA III 6.0 Gb/s

Multimedia Benchmarks

  • Cyberlink Media Espresso
  • X264

Gaming

  • 3DMark 11
  • Unigine 3.0
  • Dirt Showdown
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Sniper Elite V2

 

Performance Tuning

Performance Tuning

Performance Tuning was done through the UEFI with the following settings:

  • CPU Voltage: 1.45V
  • NB Voltage: 1.26V
  • Base Frequency: 100
  • CPU Ratio: 45
  • GPU Frequency: 1150MHz
  • CPU Frequency: 4.5Hz 

 

 

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