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Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 review

Andrew Unsworth
31 Dec 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
90
inc VAT

Good selection of ports and easy overclocking make this a great Trinity motherboard

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Specifications

FM2, ATX, AMD A85X chipset, supports: 2nd gen Trinity AMD A-series

The Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 supports AMD’s latest ‘Trinity’ chips, such as the Best Buy-winning A10-5800K. As its name implies, the GA-F2A85X-UP4 uses the A85X chipset, which means the old SATA2 connector, now replaced by seven SATA3 connectors. No more will you have to compromise or swap round SATA cables to get the best speed for whichever new device you want to use – you can just plug in your latest SSD and go. It also has a good complement of I/O ports on the top and back panels.

You get four USB3 ports on the back panel and one USB3 header in addition to two USB2 ports on the back panel and three USB2 headers. It also has the obligatory Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1 surround sound outputs, an optical S/PDIF output, an eSATA port and a single legacy PS/2 port. We welcome the four back-panel USB3 ports, but think Gigabyte could’ve thrown in a couple more USB3 headers and lost the eSATA port. Everyone wants USB3, but we don’t know anyone who needs eSATA. More pleasing is its complement of graphics outputs in the form of D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, providing an output for every occasion.

Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 ports

There's a great selection of ports

Perhaps most important for gamers is the three PCI-E x16 slots. These can be configured to run in CrossFire mode, although the one slot runs at x8 and the other x4. The board also has three PCI-E x1 slots, but you’ll lose one if you install a graphics card in one of the first two PCI-E x16 slots. It also has a single legacy PCI slot, which is handy if you need to install a FireWire or USB expansion card.

With an AMD A10-5800K and 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3, our benchmarks returned a score of 63 overall. This score is around what we expect from the A10-5800K. We overclocked our A10-5800K to 4.2GHz and ran the benchmarks again, getting a 10 per cent increase in performance that boosted the score to 69 overall. The GA-F2A85X-UP4’s UEFI BIOS is rather basic, but it provides all the settings you need and a good selection of overclocking settings. It lets you easily modify processor and memory clock speed and voltages.

Although we’d have liked more USB headers, the GA-F2A85X-UP4 does have a great selection of I/O, graphics ports and PCI Express ports. It’s also easy to overclock and has a comprehensive, if basic, UEFI BIOS. If you need a Trinity motherboard and want the A85X chipset, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is a good choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Processor socketFM2
Form factorATX
Size335x244mmmm
Processor support2nd gen Trinity AMD A-series
Processor external bus100MHz
Chipset north bridgeAMD A85X
Chipset south bridgeAMD A85X
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333/1600/1800
Maximum memory speedPC3-15000
Memory slots4
Maximum memory64GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£90
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com
Detailsuk.gigabyte.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureCrossFire
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots3
PCI slots1
Fan headers3
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports0
RAID chipset (max disks)AMD A85X (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC892 (6x analogue out, optical S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers6/4
Firewire ports / headers0
Legacy portsPS/2, serial header
Other portsVGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI
Cables included6x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includedNorton Internet Security 2012 OEM Edition

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/chipset
CPU clock max adjustment200MHz

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