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Foxconn A75M review

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


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 socket FM1
Form factor microATX
Size 244x244mm
Processor support Llano
Processor external bus 100MHz
Chipset north bridge AMD A75
Chipset south bridge AMD A75
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics Yes
Supported memory type DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1866(OC)
Maximum memory speed PC3-14400
Memory slots 4
Maximum memory 64GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £52

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 1
Dual graphics architecture Hybrid CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 1
PCI slots 2
Fan headers 4
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 0
Serial ATA ports 6
RAID chipset (max disks) AMD A75 (6x SATA III, RAID 0, 1, 10)


Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC892 (6x analogue out, optical S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers 8/3
Firewire ports / headers 0/0
Legacy ports 1x PS/2, parallel header, serial header
Other ports VGA, DVI, HDMI, 2x USB3
Cables included 2x SATA
Brackets included none
Software included Norton Internet Security

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment none
CPU clock max adjustment N/A

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