The ASUS F1A75-V Pro
When the new AMD A-series APU's launched we first had the chance to look at the ASUS F1A75-M Pro micro-ATX motherboard. Today we have the opportunity to look at what essentially the big brother, the ASUS F1A75-V Pro. When the ASUS F1A75-M Pro first launched, it was available for $119.99 plus shipping, though that price has dropped and it is now available for $98.99 with free shipping. Today we can pick up the full ATX ASUS F1A75-V Pro for only $119.99 with free shipping. You have to love the "penalty" for being an early adopter!
There is only a couple of differences between the ASUS F1A75-M Pro and the F1A75-V Pro that we are looking at today. The first and most obvious difference between the motherboards is the size of the PCB. The F1A75-M Pro is a mATX motherboard while the F1A75-V Pro is a full ATX form factor motherboard. The larger PCB gives ASUS much more room to work with, in fact the available real estate on the ASUS F1A75-V Pro is 131% of the mATX form factor. ASUS took advantage of the increased real estate on the F1A75-V Pro by adding a second PCIe x1 slot and another pair of PCI slots.
There is no shortage of features on the ASUS F1A75-V Pro. The F1A75-V Pro utilizes ASUS's Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM. The "Dual Intelligent Processors 2" portion of that technology is based around two separate onboard chips. The first of these chips is the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit). The TPU offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through the ASUS auto tune, and TurboV functions. The second of the chips is the EPU (Energy Processing Unit). The EPU helps conserve system power by monitoring real time system loads and intelligently moderating power consumption. The EPU can also keep the system quiet by monitoring temperatures and fan speeds. The DIGI+ VRM is completely digital and eliminates the digital to analog conversion lag.
The ASUS F1A75-V Pro has many of the features we have come to know and love from ASUS. One of the features that I have come to enjoy playing with is the Auto Tuning. With the simple flip of a switch or enabling it inside the UEFI BIOS, you system will automatically overclock your system for optimum performance and well within safe limits. If the ASUS Auto Tuning isn't enough for you, you can fire up ASUS TurboV and perform real time overclocking from within windows without the need for rebooting. Using TurboV, you will also have access to ASUS OC profiles which can provide you with different overclock settings depending on the situation that you are facing.
While features such as the TPU/EPU, Auto Tune, and ASUS TurboV may be the more interesting features, the F1A75-V Pro isn't without the standard ones as well. The ASUS UEFI BIOS are still one of the nicest looking and most user friendly that we have seen. If you haven't had the chance to check out the ASUS AI Suite II, it's a great utility that is essentially a one stop shop for all of your computers information. AI Suite II keep an eye on voltages, temperatures, fan speeds, frequency settings and various other sensor readings across the board. As we have come to expect on the current generation of motherboards whether its an Intel motherboard or an AMD motherboard we have SATA III 6Gbps, and SuperSpeed USB 3.0.
ASUS F1A75-V 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-
-Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
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)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
|Storage||AMD A75 FCH (Hudson D3) chipset :
-6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
-Support Raid 0, 1, 10, JBOD
ASMedia PCIe SATA controller :
-1 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue
-1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
|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
- TPU switch
ASUS EPU :
- EPU switch
ASUS Digital Power Design :
- Industry leading Digital 4 +2 Phase Power Design
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- 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
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-Connector- 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 DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s
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)
7 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)
1 x TPU switch(es)
1 x EPU switch(es)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x Q-connector
|BIOS||32 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI v2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS V2.6, ACPI V2.0a|
ASUS PC Probe II
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )|
ASUS F1A75-V Pro Motherboard Retail Packaging
The ASUS F1A75-V Pro retail packaging will catch your eye when it's sitting on the shelf of your local retailer. The front of the packaging has a bit of marketing text and boast some of the key features of the motherboard such as, a Display Port, UEFI BIOS, and DIGI+ VRM.
The back of the retail packaging for the ASUS F1A75-V Pro goes into much greater detail about the features and specifications of the F1A75-V Pro.
Once we open up the packaging, we can catch our first glimpse of the ASUS F1A75-V Pro. As we can plainly see, it fits securely into the retail packaging and is protected from ESD (electrostatic discharge) by an anti-static bag.
Once we remove the ASUS F1A75-V Pro and the supporting layer of cardboard we can see the bundle. The bundle for the ASUS F1A75-V Pro isn't very heavy on accessories, but it includes everything that you will need to set up your new system. Included with the F1A75-V Pro is a User guide, I/O Shiel, Driver Disc, a pair of SATA cables, and the ASUS Q-connectors.
ASUS F1A75-V Pro Motherboard Layout
Much like the ASUS F1A75-M Pro we look at a few weeks back, the F1A75-V Por is dressed up it the same blue and black color scheme. Many of the features are the same between the boards, so if you like you can reference that article here as we go through the F1A75-V Pro.
The ASUS F1A75-V Pro will take full advantage of the 1866MHz memory support in a dual channel configuration. Though it goes a step further and will support memory at 2250MHz (O.C.). If you are in need of massive amounts of memory, the ASUS F1A75-V Pro has you covered. The F1A75-V Pro will support up to 64Gb of RAM! On this corner of the ASUS F1A75-V Pro we have a pair of 4pin fan headers, 24 pin motherboard power, EPU and TPU switches, as well as the MemOK! button.
Swinging the ASUS F1A75-V Pro motherboard around we have a total of seven SATA ports here, the six grey SATA ports are the SATA III 6Gbps ports controlled by the AMD A75 FCH. The remaining blue SATA port is also a SATA III 6Gbps though this one as well as the eSATA port are controlled by the ASMedia controller. Next to the heatpipe we can see the front panel USB SuperSpeed USB 3.0 header. The front panel USB 3.0 is also part of the AMD A75 FCH. Working our way up the left side of the image we can see the front panel connectors, clear CMOS jumper, and four internal USB 2.0 headers.
The expansion slots are one area that varies quite a bit from the ASUS F1A75-M Pro. The ASUS F1A75-V Pro features a pair of PCIe x1 slots, a pair of PCIe x16 slots, as well as three PCI slots. Moving past the internal USB 2.0 headers, we have the Serial port connector as well as the front panel audio header. Rounding the corner we have the Realtek ALC892 High Definition Audio Codec, followed by the ITE IT8728F Super I/O, followed by the Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet controller.
The ASUS F1A75-V Pro has an I/O panel with a ton of connectors. The F1A75-V Pro has six USB ports, two USB 2.0, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 from the AMD A75 FCH, and two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 from an ASMedia PCIe USB 3.0 controller. We have no shortage of video outputs here either, we find the typical DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI outputs, but we also have a DisplayPort on the I/O panel. The remaining connections on the ASUS F1A75-V Pro I/O panel include a single PS/2 port fir either a keyboard or a mouse, eSATA, a single RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet, six audio jacks and an optical SPDIF out port.
ASUS F1A75-V Pro Motherboard UEFI BIOS
The ASUS F1A75-V Pro motherboard uses the UEFI BIOS that we have come to love from ASUS. The main page of the UEFI BIOS is the ASUS EZ Mode. Here we can check the system temps, voltages, and fan speeds. The ASUS EZ Mode also allows us to change the boot priority between the different devices connected to the system.
Once we switch in to the Advanced mode we are first brought to the Main page. Here we can change the language, date, time, and security settings.
The AI Tweaker with in the ASUS F1A75-V Pro is where we can set all of the settings for the CPU and RAM. Including frequencies and voltages.
We can also set the DIGI+ VRM settings within the AI Tweaker.
The Advanced tab of the ASUS F1A75-V Pro will grant us access to the CPU Configuration, SATA Configuration, USB Configuration, North Bridge Configuration, Onboard Devices, and APM.
The CPU Configuration sub-page will let us change various CPU settings like the C6 states, and AMD Powernow function.
The SATA Configuration sub-page will let us change switch between IDE, AHCI, and RAID mode.
The USB Configuration sub-page allowsus to change the various USB Settings for both USB 2.0 and the Super Speed USB 3.0.
The NB Configuration is where we will find the graphic settings for the AMD A8-3850 APU.
The Onboard Device configuration lets us disable the various onboard devices like the Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet controller, and onboard audio.
The hardware monitor page within the ASUS F1A75-V Pro UEFI BIOS is quite possibly one of the most important pages, at least to me. If you have ever failed to mount a CPU cooler properly or forgotten to plug in the CPU fan (guilty), you know how important it is to check temperatures before you start the build. On the monitor page we can check the temperatures of the CPU, and motherboard. We can check fan speeds of the four fans, as well as checking the voltages of the CPU, 3.3V, 5V, and 12 Volt rails as detected by the ASUS F1A75-V Pro.
The Boot page has all of the settings for the system boot process.
The Tools Page has the ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility, ASUS OC Profile, as well as the ASUS SPD Information.
Last but by no means least is the Exit options.
The Legit Reviews Test System
All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with all the latest updates installed. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. The Corsair Vengeance memory modules were run in Dual-channel mode at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24-2t timings. The XFX Radeon HD 6950 graphics cards were run with 11.6B CATALYST suite drivers. The AMD A8-3850 was running at the default clock. The F1A75-V Pro was running the latest BIOS.
AMD A75 APU Test System
|Processor|| AMD A8-3850 APU
|Motherboard|| ASUS F1A75-M Pro Socket FM1
|Memory||8gb Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9||Live Pricing|
|Hard Drive||Kingston SSDNow 96GB SSD||Live Pricing|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon HD 6950||Live Pricing|
|CPU cooler||Corsair A70||Live Pricing|
|Chassis||None - Open Bench|
|Power Supply||Corsair TX750||Live Pricing|
Intel Z68 Test System
|Processor||Intel Core i5 2500K||Live Pricing|
|Motherboard||ASUS P8Z68-V Pro|
|Memory||8gb Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9||Live Pricing|
|Hard Drive||Kingston SSDNow 96GB SSD||Live Pricing|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon HD 6950||Live Pricing|
|CPU cooler||Corsair A70||Live Pricing|
|Chassis||None - Open Bench|
|Power Supply||Corsair TX750||Live Pricing|
SiSoftware Sandra 2011 SP4 Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GPGPU Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU performance.
Benchmark Results: It's interesting to note, that the performance order of our AMD A75 boards also happens to be the order that they have been reviewed. As the A75 chipset matures we begin to see much more refined versions of the system BIOS. In this case we are seeing a gain in the memory bandwidth. Looking at the performance of the first board we looked at, the ASUS F1A75-M Pro which is quite comparable to the F1A75-V Pro, we see a boost of ~.7GB/s in the float buff'd and .6GB/s in the Integer Buff'd results.
Batman Arkham Asylum DirectX 9 Benchmark
Batman: Arkham Asylum is an action-adventure stealth video game based on DC Comics' Batman for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in conjunction with Warner Bros.
For our testing we set everything as high as it would go, except for PhysX and NVIDIA Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing, which were both disabled.
Benchmark Results: Taking advantage of the AMD Radeon HD 6550D graphics on our A8-3850 APU gave us some very playable frame rates in Batman Arkham Asylum. At a resolution of 1280x1024 our top three boards averaged 51 frames per second. Cranking up the resolution to 1920x1080 we do see a slight performance drop. Our ASUS F1A75-V Pro slipped to the bottom of the AMD A75 boards while averaging 32 frames per second while our top performing board, the ASRock A75 Pro4 maintained an average of 34 frames per second. In either case it was more than enough to school the pricier Intel "Sandy Bridge" system with the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro and Intel Core i5 2500K.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat DirectX 11 Benchmark
The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl following the ending in which Strelok destroys the C-Consciousness. Having discovered the open path to the Zone's center, the government decides to stage a large-scale operation to take control of the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat utilizes the XRAY 1.6 Engine, allowing advanced modern graphical features through the use of DirectX 11 to be fully integrated; one outstanding feature being the inclusion of real-time GPU tessellation. Regions and maps feature photo realistic scenes of the region it is made to represent. There is also extensive support for older versions of DirectX, meaning that Call of Pripyat is also compatible with older DirectX 8, 9, 10 and 10.1 graphics cards.
The game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: CoP has no internal benchmarking tools built into the game engine, but they do have a standalone benchmark available that we used for our testing purposes. The screen capture above shows the main window of the benchmark with our settings. Notice we are running Enhanced Full Dynamic Lighting "DX11" as our renderer.
Testing the APU graphics we set the graphics to the minimum preset while using DirectX 11.
We also left off the MSAA, though we did leave tessellation enabled.
Benchmark Results: The ASUS F1A75-V Pro was able to edge out the competition in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. At the lower resolution of 1280x1024 we saw an average frame rate of 41.5 fps. This is a full frame per second faster than the previous best on the MSI A75MA-G55 which averaged 40.5 frames per second. Cranking the resolution up to the more common gaming resolution of 1920x1080 the ASUS F1A75-V Pro once again took the crown. The ASUS F1A75-V Pro was able to pull out an average of 31.6 frames per second while the MSI A75MA-G55 maintained an average of 31.2 frames per second.
In order to give our XFX Radeon HD 6950 a workout on our systems we cranked the image quality preset to Ultra.
We also increased the Multisample Anti-Aliasing to 4x and left Tessellation enabled.
Benchmark Results: Once again the ASUS F1A75-V Pro led the pack of AMD A75 systems in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. At 1280x1024 the F1A75-V Pro maintained an average of 95.7 frames per second, which edged out the MSI A75MA-G55 by .7 frames per second. Increasing the resolution to 1920x1080 the F1A75-V Pro held onto the lead, edging out the MSI A75MA-G55 by .6 frames per second.
Aliens Vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark
Aliens vs Predator is an entirely new title for PC and high-definition consoles from acclaimed British developer Rebellion, the team behind the 1999 original PC gaming classic. Bringing the most intense war between two of science-fiction’s most popular characters FPS fans, AvP delivers three outstanding single player campaigns and provides untold hours of unique 3-way multiplayer gaming. Experience distinctly new and thrilling first person gameplay as you survive, hunt and prey in the deadly jungles and swamps surrounding the damned colony of Freya’s Prospect. Aliens vs Predator D3D11 Benchmark v1.03 is a standalone benchmark test based upon Rebellion's 2010 inter-species shooter Aliens vs. Predator. The test shows xenomorph-tastic scenes using heavy tessellation among other DX11 features. The benchmarks independent GUI was used for testing shown below.
When we run the Aliens Vs. Predator benchmark on the APU Graphics we leave the Texture quality and Shadow quality at low and leave the Anti-Aliasing off for both 1920x1200 and 1280x1024.
Running the benchmark on the XFX Radeon HD 6950 we cranked up all the image quality settings in the benchmark to the highest level possible, so we were running 4x AA and 16x AF with SSAO enabled at both 1920x1200 and 1280x1024.
Benchmark Results: The ASUS F1A75-V Pro didn't deviate from the pack. When we fired up the benchmark on the Radeon HD 6550D on the A8-3850 it was able to average 26 frames per second at 1280x1024 and 18.2 frames per second at 1920x1080. This performance is right in the range we have seen previously. Firing up the Aliens Vs. Predator benchmark with our XFX Radeon HD 6950 we were easily able to crank the image quality settings to the maximum. At 1280x1024 the ASUS F1A75-V Pro was able to edge out the competition by .4 frames per second with an average of 55.9 frames per second. Increasing the resolution to 1920x1080 the F1A75-V Pro was able to average 41.3 frames per second which is right on par with our other boards.
3DMark Vantage DirectX 10 Benchmark
3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware. 3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.
Performance settings were used, so a 1280x1024 resolution was used.
Benchmark Results: When we ran FutureMark 3DMark Vantage at the Entry level preset the ASUS F1A75-V Pro was able to take the top spot with an overall score of 15768 and a GPU Score of 19605. Firing up 3DMark Vantage up in the Performance preset, the ASUS F1A75-V Pro didn't fair quite as well. The ASUS F1A75-V Pro had an overall score of 4067 with a GPU score of 3404 and dropped to the bottom of the charts ahead of our Intel "Sandy Bridge" system.
3DMark 11 DirectX 11 Benchmark
3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring the 3D graphics performance of gaming PCs. 3DMark 11 uses a native DirectX 11 engine designed to make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11, including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading.
Since Futuremark is releasing 3DMark11 today we decided to run the benchmark at both performance and extreme presets to see how our hardware will run.
ASUS F1A75-V Pro APU Graphics 3DMark 11 Entry Level Preset
Benchmark Results: Running FutureMark 3DMark 11 off of the integrated Radeon HD 6550D we were able to hit an overall score of 1814 3DMarks and a graphics score of 1673 3DMarks. Each of these scores is higher than what we have seen on our previous boards, albeit a small margin.
ASUS F1A75-V Pro Discrete Graphics 3DMark 11 Performance Preset
ASUS F1A75-V Pro Discrete Graphics 3DMark 11 Extreme Preset
Benchmark Results: Firing up the XFX Radeon HD 6950, the ASUS F1A75-V Pro was able to hit 4404 3DMarks in the 3DMark 11 performance preset and 1561 3DMarks in the Extreme preset. These scores put it just behind the ASRock A75 Pro4 which holds the top spot for the AMD A75 boards.
ASUS F1A75-V Pro Audio Performance
The RightMark Audio Analyzer suite is designed for testing quality of analog and digital paths of any audio devices, be it a sound card, an MP3 player, a consumer CD/DVD player or an acoustic set. The results are obtained by playing and recording test signals passed through the tested audio path by means of frequency analysis algorithms. The latest version of RightMark Audio Analyzer can be found here.
Rightmark Audio Analyzer Comparison Chart
- ASUS F1A75-V Pro - Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition Audio CODEC
- MSI A75MA-G55 - Realtek ALC887 8-Ch High Definition Audio CODEC
- ASUS F1A75-M Pro - Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition Audio CODEC
- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro- Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition Audio CODEC
Aside from a very small difference in some of the performance numbers in Rightmark Audio Analyzer, there is virtually no difference in the performance between the ASUS F1A75-V Pro and our other boards. The only areas that showed any variation were Noice Level, Dynamic Range, and Stereo Crosstalk. These area's were all slightly better that what we have previously seen, though I doubt it's enough to make any discernible difference in your listening experience.
ASUS F1A75-V Pro System Power Consumption
Since power consumption is a big deal these days, we ran some simple power consumption tests on our test beds. The systems ran with identical power supplies, Solid-Sate Drives, Memory kits and motherboards from the same company. To measure idle usage, we ran the system at idle for one hour on the desktop with no screen saver and took the measurement. For load measurements, Prime95's in-place large FFT's were run on all cores to make sure each and every processor was at 100% load for maximum power consumption and heat. Curious about other test scenarios, we decided to 3DMark Vantage the performance preset and took the maximum power consumption during the first GPU test.
Benchmark Results: The ASUS F1A75-V Pro, like all of our A75 systems has an incredibly low idle power consumption. Pulling only 36 Watts at the wall, it had the second lowest draw, second to the ASRock A74 Pro4. Once we started loading up the F1A75-V Pro it was able to maintain the lowest power consumption in our 3DMark Vantage test. When running 3DMark Vantage we saw a peak power consumption of 106 Watts at the wall. Firing up Prime95 Large FFT's, the ASUS F1A75-V Pro pulled the most power of our systems with 142 Watts at the wall. Though the range we see in Prime 95 is 137-142, so it's not a huge margin.
ASUS F1A75-V Pro APU Overclocking
Overclocking greatly varies due to what hardware is being used and who is doing the overclocking. Always remember that no two pieces of hardware will perform the same, so our results will differ from what you might be able to get. The AMD A8-3850 was cooled by an Ultra Carbon X5, this is a pretty basic CPU cooler, so we'd expect this overclock to be easily reached by anyone!
Here is a CPU-Z v1.58 screen shot of the AMD A8-3850 APU to see what we are going to be overclocking. The processor has a base clock of 100MHz with a multiplier of 29. This is a locked multiplier, so you can lower the multiplier in the BIOS, but you cannot increase it. That means for overclocking we are limited to just increasing the base clock frequency in the motherboards BIOS.
We said that we would test out the ASUS Auto Tuning, so we stuck to that. Ultimately, we aren't very impressed with the job it did. The ASUS Auto Tune feature only increase our baseclock to 103MHz for an 87MHz increase in our final clock speed. I would have liked to see a much larger increase, though this is a safe and very stable overclock, as always though, I wanted more.
After our little in house experiment with a handful of AMD A8-3850 APU's, we have an APU that we can push. After a short time of playing around in the ASUS UEFI BIOS we were able to increase the clock speed of our A8-3850 APU by more than 1GHz for a final speed of 3915MHz. All in all I would consider this a very successful overclocking session.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The ASUS F1A75-V Pro turned out to be a great motherboard. In all honesty, we expected nothing less from ASUS. The ASUS F1A75-V Pro is a board that is packed with features, and you get it all for only $119.99 with free shipping. Currently Newegg.com is offering a $10 mail in rebate card making the final price only $109.99. The $119.99 price tag does put the ASUS F1A75-V Pro into the higher end of the price spectrum, second only to the ASUS F1A75-V EVO. The ASUS F1A75 family of motherboards has a number of siblings, eight in total.
- F1A75-I Deluxe
- F1A75-M LE
- F1A75-M Pro
- F1A75-V Pro
- F1A75-V Evo
Each of the boards has a different feature set as well as different price points. If the ASUS F1A75-V Pro doesn't fit what your looking for, you can be sure that ASUS has you covered with one that will. Taking a look at the ASUS F1A75-V EVO, the difference lies in the expansion slots. The EVO has three PCIe X16 slots (x16/0, x8/x8, x4) compared to the pair of PCIe x16 (x16, x4) on the F1A75-V Pro. The F1A75-V EVO retails for $132.98 after rebate and shipping. Is the extra ~$23.00 worth and extra PCIe x16 slot? Only your needs will determine that. I suppose it all comes back to what your personal needs are going to require.
Performance across our tests today was right on par or above what we have previously seen. The performance of the A8-3850 and the Radeon HD 6550D onboard the APU didn't vary much from our previous articles. Looking at the benchmarks, the performance of the APU on the ASUS F1A75-V Pro was slightly higher on just about all of the benchmarks.
The ASUS F1A75-V Pro was extremely easy to overclock with. With just a few small changes in the ASUS UEFI BIOS we were able push the AMD A8-3850 further than we have been previously able to!
Back in August we were able to get a handful of AMD A8-3850 APU's to cherry pick a solid overclocking APU. During our little in house experiment, we found the APU that we are using today was able to hit 132MHz baseclock. Combining this baseclock with the x29 multiplier brought the A8-3850 to 3828MHz. Using the ASUS F1A75-V Pro, we were able to hit a baseclock of 135Mhz and a final clock frequency of 3.915GHz. This is a gain of more than 1GHz and enough to make us happy with the overclocking capabilities of the ASUS F1A75-V Pro!
Whenever you're looking at motherboards, a couple of items always play a part in the final decision. First and foremost is the features of the board. We have gone over that several times today, and by now you know if the ASUS F1A75-V Pro is the right fit for you. The second portion of the decision making process comes down to price. At only $109.99 after mail in rebate you're getting a motherboard for a system that gave our Intel "Sandy Bridge" system a solid run today, so that's covered. The final piece of the puzzle is warranty. ASUS once again has us covered with a three year warranty on the ASUS F1A75-V Pro. It is always nice to have some peace of mind with your purchase!
Legit Bottom Line: Although the ASUS F1A75-V Pro is on the higher end of the price spectrum,it proved that it has what it takes to carry the ASUS name. Great performance, great overclocking capability, and great features make the ASUS F1A75-V Pro a board that should be on the top of any short list!