Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard Review

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I don't think that I will ever get tired of being the "computer guy". I find joy in fixing other people's blunders. We send my daughter to a lady that runs a day care out of her house. My wife has become buddies with the lady, and volunteered me to fix a computer problem. I went over to her house and asked her what had happened. She said that she opened the task manager and just started closing out processes because the computer was getting slow, and now the desktop was gone and she couldn't get it back. She said she tried turning off the computer and it still wouldn't come back. You're going to laugh when I tell you what really happened...

Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard

 

The desktop was indeed gone. However, during her rampage of program closure, she closed explorer.exe. You'd think a reboot would fix that, right? Well, she had the computer setup so that when she hit the power button, the computer would sleep and not power down. When she started it back up, the screen would resume exactly where it was before. She told me she had another friend that knows computers fix her computer a while ago, and he changed the power settings. All I could do was laugh and tell her what she did wrong. I guess I like to laugh at other people's misfortunes.

GIGABYTE  GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard

 

The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard isn't a misfortune to anyone. The GA-F2A85X-UP4 sits with the top AMD Trinity motherboards. The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 uses the latest FM2 CPU socked and AMD A85X chipset. This chipset supports up to 64 GB of 1866MHz DDR3 memory. It also supports AMD Memory Profiles and XMP modules. Audio is controlled by a Realtek ALC892 codec and networking is done with a Realtek 8111E Gigabit LAN chip. Storage interface includes seven SATA 6Gb/s connectors and one eSATA 6Gb/s connection. Peripheral interface is done with up to six USB 3.0, up to ten USB 2.0, and a PS/2 keyboard/mouse port. Two of the USB 3.0 ports are controlled by an Etron EJ168 chip. Internal expansion is done with three PCI Express x16 slots (x16, x8, x4), three PCI Express x1 slots, and one PCI slot. Features include Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 5 technology, Digital Power Engine, 3D BIOS, Dual UEFI BIOS, and 333 onboard acceleration. The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 also includes Lucid Virtu MVP support.

 

 


 

 

Gigabyte Special Features

 Gigabyte Ultra Durable 5

 Gigabyte Ultra Durable 5

The GIGABYTE motherboard employ award winning GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 technology that includes high current capable components for the CPU power zone including IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, 2X Copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A, which together are able to deliver cooler temperatures than traditional motherboards. Featured on a range of new motherboards based the AMD A85X Chipset, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 technology is the next evolution in quality motherboard design.

 

Gigabyte Digital Power Engine

Digital Power Engine

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 motherboards take advantage of an exclusive Digital PWM controller array, to deliver power to new generation of AMD FM2 A-series processor. Using digital controllers means that more precise power delivery to the motherboard's most power hungry and energy sensitive components is possible. These components include the CPU and processor graphics, without doubt the most important components on the motherboard. This Digital Power system, with Precise Auto Voltage Compensation to make real-time adjustments and deliver a steady flow of power to the system, no matter the loading. This all new, digital power system provides enthusiast users with exceptional control over the over -clocking potential of their GIGABYTE motherboard.

 

Gigabyte 3D BIOS

Gigabyte 3D BIOS

The revolutionary GIGABYTE 3D BIOS application is based on GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ technology and is available to consumers in two exclusive modes of interaction, providing enthusiast and mainstream users with a choice of unique and powerful graphical interfaces.

 

UEFI DualBIOS Technology

UEFI DualBIOS Technology

At the heart of this exciting 3D BIOS technology is a pair of physical BIOS ROMs containing GIGABYTE's exclusive in-house designed UEFI BIOS technology. With a superior graphical interface capable of 32-bit color imaging and fluid user-friendly mouse navigation, UEFI DualBIOS™ makes BIOS configuration a new and exciting experience for novice and experienced users alike. UEFI BIOS also brings native support for large hard drives on 64-bit operating systems.

 

Lucid Universal MVP Support

Lucid Virtu MVP

GIGABYTE motherboards support Lucid Virtu GPU virtualization technologies - optimized virtualization software that improves your PC's visuals, with faster response times, improved video processing and smoother media playback, all within a low power environment. Lucid Universal MVP also features Hyperformance, which eliminates redundant rendering tasks and predicts potential synchronization issues in the graphics delivery pipeline, producing faster frame rates, sharper visuals and reduced tearing.

 

Gigabyte 333 Onboard Acceleration

333tech

GIGABYTE motherboards feature GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration , a range of the latest technologies that are designed help speed up data transfer, including SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology, SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gbps) technology and an unprecedented 3x USB power boost on USB ports for more power hungry USB devices.

 

On/Off Charge Technology

On/Off Charge Technology

GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger...

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


Specifications

 

APU

FM2 Socket:

  1. AMD A series processors

  2. AMD Athlon™ series processors

(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)

Chipset

  1. AMD A85X

Memory

    1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory

* The maximum 64 GB of system memory can be supported using 16 GB (or above) memory modules. GIGABYTE will update the memory support list on the official website when the memory modules are available on the market.

* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.

  1. Dual channel memory architecture

  2. Support for DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules

  3. Support for AMD Memory Profile (AMP)/ Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

“Memory support is dependent on memory module compatibility and system OS”.

(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)

Onboard Graphics

APU:

* To use the onboard graphics ports, you must install an AMD APU with integrated graphics.

    1. 1 x D-Sub port

    2. 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600

* Support for 2560x1600 resolution requires both a monitor and cable that support Dual Link DVI.

* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.

  1. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200

  2. 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600

(The DisplayPort port does not support Hot plug. If you want to change to another graphics port when the computer is on, be sure to turn off the computer first.)

Audio

  1. Realtek ALC892 codecŠ

  2. High Definition AudioŠ

  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

  4. Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN

  1. Realtek GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)

* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

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    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)

* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.

    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)

* The PCIEX1_3 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX4 slot. When the PCIEX1_3 slot is populated, the PCIEX4 slot will operate at up to x1 mode.

  1. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots

  2. (All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.) Š
  3. 1 x PCI slot

Multi-Graphics Technology

    1. Support for AMD CrossFire™ technology

    2. Support for AMD Dual Graphics technology

* Only A series APUs support AMD Dual Graphics.

Storage Interface

Chipset:

    1. 7 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~6) supporting up to 7 SATA 6Gb/s devices

    2. 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 6Gb/s device

* Actual transfer rate is dependent on the device being connected.

  1. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD

USB

Chipset:

  1. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

  2. Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 8 ports available through the internal USB headers)

ŠŠEtron EJ168 chip:

    1. Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel

* Be sure to connect your USB device(s) to the USB 2.0/1.1 ports before the USB 3.0 driver is installed. (Refer to the labels in section 1-8, "Back Panel Connectors.")

Internal I/O Connectors

  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

  3. 7 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

  4. 1 x APU fan header

  5. 4 x system fan headers

  6. 1 x front panel header

  7. 1 x front panel audio header

  8. 1 x S/PDIF Out header

  9. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header

  10. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers

  11. 1 x serial port header

  12. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper

  13. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header

  14. 1 x power button

  15. 1 x reset button

  16. 1 x Clear CMOS button

Back Panel Connectors

  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

  2. 1 x D-Sub port

  3. 1 x DVI-D port

  4. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector

  5. 1 x HDMI port

  6. 1 x DisplayPort

  7. 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

  8. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

  9. 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector

  10. 1 x RJ-45 port

  11. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller

  1. iTE I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

    1. System voltage detection

    2. APU/System temperature detection

    3. APU/System fan speed detection

    4. APU overheating warning

    5. APU/System fan fail warning

    6. APU/System fan speed control

* Whether the APU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the APU/system cooler you install.

BIOS

  1. 2 x 64 Mbit flash

  2. Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS

  3. Support for DualBIOS™

  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a

Unique Features

    1. Support for @BIOS

    2. Support for Q-Flash

    3. Support for Xpress Install

    4. Support for EasyTune

* Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.

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  1. Support for Smart Recovery 2

  2. Support for Auto Green

  3. Support for ON/OFF Charge

  4. Support for 3TB+ Unlock

  5. Support for Q-Share

Bundle Software

    1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)

    2. LucidLogix Virtu MVP

* Make sure the monitor cable has been connected to the integrated graphics port on the back panel.

Operating System

  1. Support for Microsoft® Windows 8/7/Vista/XP

Form Factor

  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

Remark

  • Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.

  • Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP SP1/SP2. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.

 

 


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 

 

 


PCMark 7

Designed for Windows 7, PCMark 7 benchmarks your system with a variety of tests including video, photo editing, gaming, and communications. For results, a total PCMark score will be given (default setting) and individual scores for the tasks that are tested. To learn more about PCMark 7 visit Futuremark's website.

PCMark 7 Benchmark 

PCMark 7 Benchmark

 

AIDA64

AIDA 64 is a diagnostic and benchmarking tool. AIDA 64 will be used for its Cache and Memory benchmark. System memory, L1 cache, L2 cache, and L3 cache will be benchmarked for latency, read, write, and copy. Final Wire is the producer of this software.

AIDA64 Benchmark

 

Cinebench R11.5

Created by Maxon, Cinebench R11.5 tests rendering of your CPU and GPU and scores their performance individually. We will be using the CPU rendering portion of the program and benchmark single CPU and multiple CPU performance.

Cinebench R11.5 Benchmark

 

WinRAR

WinRAR is a popular file compression and decompression tool it is a multi-threaded application that reads most compressed file formats. HiTech Legion uses WinRar to measure Speed (MB/s) using the WinRAR benchmark and hardware test found in its Tools section. We also use our own 10GB uncompressed file folder and compress it to a RAR file (normal setting) measuring the amount of time required to compress the file.

WinRAR Benchmark

 

 


LAN Speed Test 2.0

LAN Speed Test is designed to be a rock solid tool to measure your file transfer and network speeds (wired & wireless) easily and accurately.  It does this by building a file in memory, then transfers it both ways (without effects of windows file caching) while keeping track of the time, and then does the calculations for you.  Simple concept and easy to use. Both the LAN Speed Test v2 and LAN Speed Server software used in this review are the full retail versions. This software was developed by Totusoft and a free version is also available for download.

Lan Speed Test Benchmark

 

Crystal DiskMark 3.0 x64

Crystal Mark is a disk benchmark software that features:

  • Sequential reads/writes
  • Random 4KB/512KB reads/writes
  • Text copy
  • Change dialog design
  • internationalization (i18n)
  • Download Crystal Mark

Crystal Disk Mark 3 - SATA

Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 x64 - USB 3.0

 

File Transfer Tests

The 1 and 5 Gigabyte files are placed on the desktop then sent to the SSD. This allows the SSD to both read the file before transfer then write it to the SSD. Times are calculated in Seconds for the 1 Gigabyte file and Minutes and Seconds for the 5 Gigabyte file.

SATA Timed Transfer Benchmarks

 

 


X.264 HD Benchmark 5.0

X264 by VideoLAN is a free application which contains a software library for encoding video streams into the H.264 and MPEG-4 AVC formats. HiTech Legion uses X264 to measure conversion times of predetermined files. X264 is also a multi-threaded application.

x264 HD Benchmark 5.0

 

Cyberlink MediaEspresso

Express video conversion software MediaShow Espresso is the hassle-free solution for converting your videos for playback on your smart phone, iPhone, iPad, PSP, Xbox 360, on YouTube, and more. Simply choose the preferred media player or medium, and let MediaShow Espresso do the rest.

  • Settings: Forty-two minute 720p MP4 to LG Phone Preset with TruTheater Enhancements Applied

Cyberlink Media Espresso 

 

 


All gaming benchmarks are done using the iGPU only.

Settings:

  • 3DMark 11: Performance Settings
  • Unigine 3.0: Moderate Tessellation/Medium Shadows/2xAA/2xAF
  • Dirt Showdown: 4x MSAA/Default Medium
  • Skyrim: Default High/No FXAA
  • Sniper Elite V2: Default Medium

3DMark 11 Benchmark

Gaming Benchmark

 

 

 


Provided by: Gigabyte
No compensation was received for review of this product.

Price Point

Price: $129.99

Class: Mainstream

At a price point of $129.99, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is in the mainstream category of A85X motherboards.

Performance

Benchmarks – I was very surprised with the benchmarks. Using the same A10-5800K from launch, I pulled out slightly better numbers with the Gigabyte board than the board I tested prior. The numbers weren't anything substantially better. They were just a tad higher across all of the tests.

Board Layout – The overall layout for the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is very clean and simple. All of the easy access buttons are near the DIMM slots. The CMOS switching button isn't hidden. The 7th SATA port is facing outwards, which I like. The debug LED is in a location that can get cluttered next to the SATA ports and front panel pins. Overall, the layout looks good and there doesn't appear to be any major flaws.

UEFI BIOS – One of the best features that Gigabyte includes is their innovative 3D BIOS. The 3D BIOS uses an easy to navigate graphical interface. They've also perfected the dual BIOS for easy recovery from failed overclocks or setting changes.

Pre-bundled Accessories –  The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 has no special accessories. Gigabyte includes the back panel, driver CD, manuals, and 6 SATA cables.

Pre-bundled Software – Gigabyte includes all of their common software with the motherboard. There is EasyTune 6, @BIOS, AutoGreen, Smart Recovery 2, Q-Share, and an included OEM version of Norton Internet Security. The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 does support Lucid Virtu MVP and includes the software on the driver CD.

Wireless – The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 contains no wireless features.

LAN – The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 uses the Realtek 8111E Gigabit LAN controller. Benchmarks came out fast. No connectivity issues or data dropouts within my internal network.

USB 3.0 – On the back, there are four USB 3.0 connectors. Gigabyte used an Etron EJ168 chip to add an additional 2 ports. Onboard there is a USB 3.0 front panel header. Testing proved very good. The Etron chipset exhibited slightly faster read speeds over the AMD chipset..

SATA 6G – Gigabyte deviated the traditional A85X setup. Normally, there are eight SATA3 ports. Gigabyte included seven and turned one into an e-SATA port on the rear panel. I benchmarked using a Kingston 3K 240GB drive. Speed tests demonstrated no issues. Speeds were a tad slower, as seen with other A85X chipsets. SATA ports are fully RAID 0,1,5,10 compatible. Limited resources held me back from testing in RAID.

Peripherals – AMD designs the A85X chipset so that it provides the majority of the connections on the motherboard. The audio chip used is a Realtek ALC892 codec. The Gigabit LAN chip is Realtek 8111E. Gigabyte added the Etron EJ168 chip for 2 additional USB 3.0 ports. Gigabyte also includes their On/Off charge utility for the USB ports.

Performance Tuning –  Using an unlocked A10-5800K makes performance tuning much easier. No BCLK adjustments are necessary, rather the CPU multiplier can be adjusted. For my tune, I set the multiplier to 45, changing the CPU speed to 4.5GHz. To keep the system stable, the CPU voltage was manually set to 1.45v. All extra CPU options had to be disabled, like cool & quiet, c-states, and turbo. I also attempted a GPU overclock. Without any voltage adjustments, I was able to get the GPU up to 1150MHz stable. The Gigabyte board does seem to run the NB at 1.26V rather than the stock 1.25V. The overall overclocking experience was very easy and the system was stable.

 

Reviewer's Opinion

The Trinity setup is aimed at the mainstream user that wants to keep their costs low and performance high. The best APU that is offered is the A10-5800K, and it only costs $129.99. That is dirt cheap for a 3.8GHz quad core processor with a mainstream Radeon GPU integrated. The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is priced at $129.99. There are only a few other boards priced the same because this is the top of the FM2 lineup. Combined, the best APU and best motherboard will only total $260.

You may look at that price and think that it is high. When looking at all of the other FM2 motherboards, it is high. Most of those motherboards are only m-ATX form factor with less features. There are only a few full ATX boards. The price isn't without justification. The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is one of the best ATX FM2 motherboards that you can purchase. This board is loaded with tons of hardware features not found anywhere else.

First, you get Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 5 technology. This includes a 2x copper PCB for optimal trace paths between components and heat removal. The IR3550 PowIRstage is the highest rated and most awarded Power Stage in the industry with a delivery rating up to 60A, while maintaining cool operating temperatures. To finish the Ultra Durable 5 technology they installed 60A high capacity ferrite core chokes to provide the most stable power delivery.

Next, Gigabyte added a few extras not seen anywhere else. There is the unique 3D BIOS. You also have two of them, Gigabyte's Dual BIOS technology, and both are fully accessible through an onboard switch. This can be a lifesaver for a failed overclock, flash, or setting change. They added a debug LED for easy troubleshooting. There is also the added Etron EJ168 chip for an extra couple of USB 3.0 ports. The A85X chipset supports four ports, and that added chips tops the board out at six possible USB 3.0 ports when using the front pin header.

Having listed all of the excellent hardware features, I cannot give the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 an editor's choice. As with most of the Gigabyte motherboard products, the software side suffers. There are nice utilities there, however, they don't look polished and aren't very user friendly. Loading the AutoGreen software has taken forever on any motherboard I have used. Plus, it doesn't work if there is no bluetooth available on the motherboard. The EasyTune 6 GUI could use some polish as it looks very simple and dated, especially the performance tuning and hardware monitoring portions. Q-Share isn't a program I can see myself using. Windows Homegroup, or just sharing folders in general, is much easier and doesn't require other computers with Q-Share on them. That leaves Smart Recovery 2 and @BIOS. I like Smart Recovery 2, it's easy to use and simple, which is how backup software should be. I've always had problems with @BIOS when updating over their servers. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and pops up a message. When doing it from a downloaded file, it's always worked fine.

One thing that puzzles me is Lucid Virtu MVP support on the AMD platform. On the Intel platform, it is primarily used for Intel Quicksync support when a discrete card is in the system. However, on an AMD system, especially a Trinity APU, I don't see the point. Any mainstream discrete GPU is going to be better than the APU's Radeon with hardware acceleration. It can be used as a switchable graphics option for power saving. The other options are Hyperformance and Virtual Vysnc. However, those have only been shown to be gimmicky and not give "real world" performance gains. They also only work when frame rates are over 60, and can cause performance problems when they are below 60. I'm still scratching my head on this one. It's still a bonus, none the less, as there are some mild benefits.

Overall, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is a great motherboard. One of the best FM2 motherboards on the market from a hardware standpoint. Gigabyte included their proven technology for ultimate reliability, stability, and efficient performance. They've even tossed in a few extra USB 3.0 ports. The only drawback is the software side of things. If you're building a new Trinity setup, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is an excellent choice.

Likes:

  • A85X
  • Ultra Durable 5
  • Digital Power Engine
  • 3D BIOS
  • Dual UEFI BIOS
  • Gigabit LAN
  • Lucid Virtu MVP Support
  • Extra USB 3.0 Ports (4 Available, 6 Capable)
  • On/Off Charge Technology
  • Crossfire Capable
  • e-SATA On Rear Panel
  • Clean Layout
  • Debug LED

 

Dislikes:

  • Software Needs a Makeover
  • No WiFi features

 

HiTech Legion Gold Award

 

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