At our special session with Gigabyte, we also got the chance to take a look at their upcoming AMD FM2 motherboards for AMD’s Trinity APUs. The three FM2 motherboards we got to look at were the GA-F2A85X-UP4, GA-F2A55-DS3 and GA-F2A55M-DS2.
The GA-F2A85X-UP4 is based on AMD’s A85X chipset for the upcoming Trinity APUs and since this is slated to be one of the higher-end FM2 motherboards, it features the use of Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable 5 technology (we discussed this at length in an earlier article) as denoted by the "UP" in its model name. It also supports 2-way CrossFireX.
The GA-F2A55-DS3 and GA-F2A55M-DS2 are using the A55 chipset and is positioned a rung below the above mentioned GA-F2A85X-UP4, hence it does not come with the latest Ultra Durable 5 technology and goes with the previous iteration of Ultra Durable 4. In addition, the GA-F2A55M-D2 is of the smaller micro-ATX form factor. The two boards are really targeted at entry-level, mainstream users, who have general computing needs such as word processing and web browsing who want to also indulge in some light gaming occasionally.
And according to Gigabyte, the expected release dates of AMD's desktop Trinity APUs is expected to be in early Q4 this year, tentatively around October. That means the desktop Trinity APUs are delayed (why are we not surprised). Getting the volume to sustain the demand is AMD's problem at the moment it seems. By the time they are out, we hope the desktop-based Trinity doesn't share the same fate as the desktop Llano parts currently (which are mostly sidelined).