Preview: AMD A75 Motherboards


ASUS F1A75-V PRO

ASUS F1A75-V PRO

ASUS too has gone for a normal ATX form factor for its F1A75-V PRO board. What we noticed first was the single heatpipe connecting the passive heatsink on the FCH to the rear heatsink at the motherboard's power delivery system. As usual, you can expect a host of ASUS technologies and features that are just too long to be listed here. Suffice to say that they are familiar names that have appeared in other ASUS boards this year.

Some of the extras include an Asmedia USB 3.0 controller that gives this board up to six USB 3.0 ports. There's also an additional SATA 6Gbps port onboard and an eSATA 6Gbps port, both provided by an Asmedia SATA controller. ASUS also uses a Realtek ALC892 CODEC for audio and like the ASRock, supports CrossFireX, though with only 4 lanes of PCIe bandwidth for the second card.

What this board does lack are onboard buttons for power and reset. Clearing the CMOS too is done via jumpers and the only onboard buttons are for ASUS' proprietary features like MemOK! and its TPU. Of course, we doubt that this will matter to the consumers in this segment and we do get the same, excellent UEFI BIOS that's found on current-gen ASUS boards.

ASUS too sent us a full ATX motherboard for the A75 chipset. It uses the same blue color scheme that we are accustomed to from ASUS.

Unlike the ASRock before, ASUS has gone for the full complement of display outputs, including the newer DisplayPort. There's no Clear CMOS button, which arguably is not that critical on a mainstream chipset like this. No FireWire support either, though there's still an eSATA port.

Besides the standard six SATA 6Gbps ports from the AMD chipset, ASUS has added a controller from Asmedia that provides one extra SATA 6Gbps port onboard and the eSATA port at the rear panel.

ASUS claims to support up to 64GB of DDR3 memory, but that's only if you can find 16GB DIMMs in the market. 1866MHz is the maximum memory frequency supported.

ASUS' proprietary features, MemOK!, TPU and EPU can all be triggered via these handy switches and button.

Some of the connectors found on this ASUS board include USB headers and the front panel connectors. ASUS has a Q-Connector feature that makes connecting the front panel a breeze.

Again, the second PCIe 2.0 x16 slot here only gets 4 lanes of PCIe bandwidth, making CrossFireX possible but not recommended. However, we doubt that users will require this feature.

Minimal cooling for the power delivery system on this board hints at a relatively low power draw. Like most ASUS motherboards recently, digital VRMs are preferred.

This board comes with two extra USB 3.0 ports thanks to this Asmedia controller.

The onboard header for USB 3.0 ports have slightly more pins (19) compared to the standard USB 2.0.