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Asus F1A75-V PRO review

Kat Orphanides
26 Feb 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
81
inc VAT

This Asus ATX motherboard is a little more expensive than some FM1 rivals, but its features more than justify the cost

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Specifications

FM1, ATX, AMD A75 chipset, supports: Llano

Asus's F1A75-V PRO is one of the most expensive FM1 motherboards around, but there are several immediately obvious justifications for the price that impressed us when we first reviewed it. If you're going to overclock your Llano processor then you'll be pleased to find a glossy UEFI interface rather than the old-fashioned BIOS. There are plenty of automatic optimisation settings that make it easier for inexperienced overclockers to boost their PC’s performance too.

Asus F1A75-V PRO

F1A75-V Pro has two PCI-Express x16 slots for one or two graphics cards, a couple of PCI Express x1 slots for newer expansion cards, one of which will be blocked if you fit a dedicated graphics card, and three PCI slots for older expansion cards. The board has seven SATA3 ports for hard disks and optical drives, plus one eSATA3 port.

Asus F1A75-V PRO

On the back panel are two USB2 and four USB3 ports, in addition to four USB2 headers and a USB3 header for two more USB3 ports if your case has the necessary sockets. This gives you a huge amount of room for expansion. There's even a serial port header. A DisplayPort socket caters for your Llano CPU’s on-chip graphics capabilities, as do the HDMI, VGA and DVI video outputs.

Asus F1A75-V PRO

The F1A75-V Pro’s performance was excellent, providing an overall score of 68 in our benchmark tests and a frame rate of 28.5 in our integrated graphics test running Dirt3 at a 720p resolution and high quality.

We replicated a minor problem encountered when we installed Windows the first time we used this motherboard, the problem being that the UEFI only responds to a keyboard and mouse plugged into two of the USB3 ports, while Windows’ installer only recognises them when they’re connected to the USB2 ports.

However, this is a known issue with the operating system installer’s lack of native USB3 support, something we subsequently encountered with other motherboards. It’s easily solved by ensuring that you use the USB2 ports when installing Windows, so we’re happy to withdraw our previous objection and give the F1A75-V Pro our coveted Best Buy award, particularly given the motherboard’s recent drop in price.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Processor socketFM1
Form factorATX
Size305x244cm
Processor supportLlano
Processor external bus100MHz
Chipset north bridgeAMD A75
Chipset south bridgeAMD A75
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 800/1066/1333/1600(OC)/1866(OC)/2250(OC)
Maximum memory speedPC3-1800
Memory slots4
Maximum memory64GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£81
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailswww.asus.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureHybrid CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots2
PCI slots3
Fan headers4
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports7
RAID chipset (max disks)AMD A75 (6x SATA III, RAID 0, 1, 10)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC892 (6x analogue out, optical S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers6/10
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports1x PS/2, serial header
Other portsDisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, VGA, 4x USB3, 1x eSATA3
Cables included2x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includedNorton Internet Security

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustmentN/A

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