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Foxconn A75M review

Kat Orphanides
1 Mar 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
52
inc VAT

It’s no good for overclocking, but if you’re building a cheap Llano PC then this Foxconn motherboard is well worth your consideration

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Specifications

FM1, microATX, AMD A75 chipset, supports: Llano

Foxconn's A75M is one of the cheapest FM1 motherboards around, which makes it a great choice for a budget Llano-based desktop system, allowing you to make the most of your processor's integrated graphics. In our Dirt3 frame rate test, we got a score of 27.8fps at 720p and high quality.

Foxconn A75M

This microATX board is remarkably cheap and its features are limited accordingly. The BIOS, in particular, is a weak point. Although we've seen proper UEFI interfaces on Llano motherboards from manufacturers such as Intel, Foxconn has opted for a plain BIOS that lacks basic overclocking options for the memory and CPU. The motherboard failed to boot entirely during our many attempts to use Hybrid CrossFireX with a dedicated graphics, a problem that other users have reported.

Foxconn A75M

If you don't want to overclock your processor or use CrossFireX to improve graphics performance, however, then this petite motherboard is actually rather smart for the money. It covers the basics, having a PCI-E x16 slot, as well as a PCI-E x1 directly below it in a position that'll be blocked by larger graphics cards. Two PCI slots complete the line-up. There's some upgrade potential there, although it's limited.

There are also the obligatory four memory slots that are capable - like most FM1 motherboards - of handling up to 64GB of RAM, and six SATA3 ports. At the back there are analogue 7.1 audio outputs that are connected to the usual Realtek ALC892 audio codec chip, as well as two USB3 ports, six USB2 ports, VGA, DVI and HDMI outputs. The obligatory Gigabit Ethernet port and legacy PS/2 port are present too. There are also USB headers on the board, two USB2 and one USB3.

Foxconn A75M

In terms of performance, we had no complaints - the A75M netted a decent overall score of 67 in conjunction with our AMD A8-3870K processor. Its features are very limited, but this is certainly a board that presents good value for money.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Processor socketFM1
Form factormicroATX
Size244x244mm
Processor supportLlano
Processor external bus100MHz
Chipset north bridgeAMD A75
Chipset south bridgeAMD A75
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1866(OC)
Maximum memory speedPC3-14400
Memory slots4
Maximum memory64GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£52
Supplierhttp://www.hardwareking.net
Detailswww.foxconnchannel.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots1
Dual graphics architectureHybrid CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots2
Fan headers4
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports6
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 / headers8/3
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports1x PS/2, parallel header, serial header
Other portsVGA, DVI, HDMI, 2x USB3
Cables included2x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includedNorton Internet Security

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentnone
CPU clock max adjustmentN/A

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