ASUS F1A75-M Pro AMD APU Motherboard Review

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ASUS F1A75-M Pro Socket FM1 APU Motherboard

ASUS F1A75-M Pro Motherboard Layout

A few weeks back Legit Reviews was able to take a look at the new AMD Llano ‘Sabine’ mobile platform, without a doubt in our minds we were able to give it our “Editors Choice” award for the impressive performance we saw from the system. Today we have the opportunity to look at the desktop version of Llano code named “Lynx”. The architecture between the mobile and desktop versions is virtually identical. For our delve into the AMD “Lynx” platform our board of choice is the ASUS F1A75-M Pro motherboard. This particular motherboard became available earlier in the day prior to the official embargo lift and is retailing for $119.99 plus shipping. While it may be a low cost board, it is by no means lacking in features.

The ASUS F1A75-M Pro features DIGI+ VRM with dual intelligent processors. The first of the two is the TPU, also known as the TurboV Processing unit. The TPU will automatically adjust your systems performance with a simple switch onboard the F1A75-M Pro or it can be accomplished through the use of ASUS AI Suite II software. The second of the intelligent processors is the EPU. Like the TPU the EPU can be accessed on the motherboard by flipping a switch, or through AI Suite II as well. The EPU will moderate the power consumption and

The ASUS F1A75-M Pro offers the latest technologies available. The AMD A75 FCH supports the latest SATA III 6Gbps interface as well as Super Speed USB 3.0. Super Speed USB 3.0 offers up to 5Gbps transfer rates and is up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0! The ASUS F1A75-M Pro combined with the AMD A8-3850 APU offers DirectX 11 capabilities via the AMD Radeon HD 6550D integrated in to the APU itself.

ASUS F1A75-M Pro AMD APU Motherboard CPUz

The AMD A8-3850 we will be using in conjunction with the ASUS F1A75-M Pro uses a base frequency of 100MHz and a 29x multiplier to achieve the 2900MHz core clock. All of the A Series APUs have locked multipliers which means that any overclocking will have to be done through the base clock.

AMD A8-3850 APU GPUz

The AMD A8-3850 has a discrete level graphics engine built right in to it. The AMD Radeon HD 6550D. The Radeon HD 6550D has 400 Radeon ‘STARS’ cores, 5 SIMDs, 20 Texture Units, and a GPU Core Clock Speed of 600MHz. the total GPU Peak Compute power is 480 GFLOPS.

ASUS F1A75-M Pro Features and Specifications

CPU AMD Socket FM1 A- Series/E2- Series Accelerated Processors
Supports CPU up to 4 cores
Supports AMD Turbo Core 2.0 Technology
Chipset AMD A75 FCH (Hudson D3)
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 Hz Non-ECC, Un-buffered
Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Graphic Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series Graphics in Llano APU
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Dual independent displays support with HDMI/DVI and D-Sub
AMD Dual Graphics technology support
Supports DirectX 11
Multi-GPU Support Supports AMD CrossFireX Technology
Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCI
Storage AMD A75 FCH (Hudson D3) chipset :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
Support Raid 0, 1, 10, JBOD
LAN Realtek 8111E , 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller
Audio Realtek ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
USB Ports AMD A75 FCH (Hudson D3) chipset :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
AMD A75 FCH (Hudson D3) chipset :
10 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, 8 at mid-board)
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
Overclocking Features Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM :
ASUS TPU :
- Auto Tuning
- TurboV
- TPU switch
ASUS EPU :
- EPU
- EPU switch
ASUS Digital Power Design :
- Industry leading Digital 4 +2 Phase Power Design
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- Anti-Surge
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS
100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DVI-D
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
4 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
Internal I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector support additional 2 USB 3.0 port
4 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 8 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
2 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x Power Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
Accessories User’s manual
ASUS Q-Shield
2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
BIOS Support Disc
Support Disc Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form Factor uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )

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