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Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H review

Katharine Byrne
2 Mar 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
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Excellent value, great performance and tons of expansion make this a brilliant FM2 motherboard



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

The F2A85XM-D3H is one of Gigabyte’s latest FM2 motherboards, and it supports AMD’s Trinity processors and uses the high-end A85X chipset, while still being excellent value.

Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H

As you'd expect from one of AMD's latest chipsets, the F2A85XM-D3H is packed full of the latest features. You'll find that all eight of the SATA connectors are SATA3 ports, so you'll be able to get the fastest speed out of an SSD and make your computer boot as quickly as possible. Eight SATA ports also means that there's plenty of room to connect more storage than you'll ever likely need.

We're pleased to say that USB3 is supported, with two ports on the rear of the motherboard. With a USB3 header, too, you can increase this by connecting up USB3 ports from your case, or just adding a blanking plate. In addition there are four USB ports at the rear and two additional USB headers for adding more ports.

Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H

The back panel also has a PS/2 port, an optical S/PDIF out connector and three 3.5mm audio outputs. These support 5.1 channels of audio, but if you use the motherboard's header to connect front-panel audio outputs, you can get 7.1 channels of audio.

The processor's onboard graphics are supported by VGA, DVI-D and HDMI ports. All of them can be used together, so you can run three monitors from the onboard graphics. This gives you flexibility in the number and types of monitors that you want to connect.

There are two PCI-E x16 slots for discrete graphics, which can be used in CrossfireX mode. The first slot runs at x16 speed, while the second slot runs at just x4 speed. We'd have preferred them to share bandwidth equally, so that they run at x8 speed when used together.

Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H

There are lots of expansion options, including four DDR3 DIMM memory slots for a maximum of 64GB of RAM. There’s also a single PCI-E x1 slot, but this gets blocked if you install a graphics card. There's also a single PCI slot for expansion, which isn't blocked by other cards.

With an AMD A10-5800K processor and 4GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM, our benchmarks returned a score of 66 overall. This is around what we’d expect from an A10-5800K. Should you want to push your processor further, the UEFI BIOS has full overclocking control, although its unintuitive interface makes this a little trickier than on other motherboards.

The Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H is a great FM2 motherboard with tons of features. Given its incredibly low price, we can forgive any minor flaws. If you want a Trinity processor, this motherboard is a great companion for it and it wins a Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Processor socketFM2
Form factormicroATX
Processor supportAMD 2nd gen A-series
Processor external bus100MHz (HyperTransport)
Chipset north bridgeAMD A85X
Chipset south bridgeAMD A85X
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3
Maximum memory speedPC3-15000
Memory slots4
Maximum memory64GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information


Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureCrossFire
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots1
Fan headers3
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports0
RAID chipset (max disks)AMD A85X (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD)


Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC887 (optical S/PDIF, 3x analogue)
USB2 ports / headers6/3
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports1x PS/2
Other ports2x USB3
Cables included4x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includedNorton Internet Security (OEM)

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment790MHz

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