Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 Rev 3.0 Motherboard

SKU: GA-F2A88X-UP4 (rev. 3.0)

Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 is an ATX form-factor motherboard, but unlike the Intel chipset based Gigabyte motherboards I tested earlier, the layout made a good impression. It reminded me of the good times when Gigabyte was well known with 780G/880G/890G/790FX/890FX was rolling out. Phenom II was a good processor and the combo was great. Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 layout was awfully familiar. It should be noted that my days of putting up reviews started from Gigabyte motherboards.


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APU FM2+ Socket:

  • AMD A series processors
  • AMD Athlon™ series processors
Chipset AMD A88X
  • 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR3 2400(OC)/2133/1866/1600/1333 MHz memory modules
  • Support for AMD Memory Profile (AMP)/Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
Onboard Graphics APU with integrated AMD Radeon™ HD 8000/7000 series graphics:

  • 1x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200
  • 1x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560×1600
  • 1x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160
  • Maximum shared memory of 2 GB
  • Realtek ALC892 Codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN Realtek GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
  • 1x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
  • 1x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
  • 1x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
  • 3x PCI Express x1 slots
  • 1x PCI slot
Multi-Graphics Technology
  • Support for AMD CrossFire™ technology (PCIEX16 and PCIEX8)
  • Support for AMD Dual Graphics technology* Only A-series APUs support AMD Dual Graphics.
Storage Interface Chipset:

  1. 7x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~6)
  2. 1x eSATA connector on the back panel* Actual transfer rate is dependent on the device being connected.
  3. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD
USB Chipset:

  1. 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
  2. 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 8 ports available through the internal USB headers)

VIA VL805 chip:

  1. 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
Internal I/O Connectors
  • 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 7x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1x APU fan header
  • 3x system fan headers
  • 1x front panel header
  • 1x front panel audio header
  • 1x S/PDIF Out header
  • 2x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
  • 4x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1x serial port header
  • 1x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1x power button
  • 1x reset button
  • 1x Clear CMOS button
Back Panel Connectors
  • 1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1x D-Sub port
  • 1x DVI-D port
  • 1x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1x HDMI port
  • 1x DisplayPort
  • 4x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 2x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1x eSATA connector
  • 1x RJ-45 port
  • 6x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller iTE I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
  • System voltage detection
  • APU/System temperature detection
  • APU/System fan speed detection
  • APU overheating warning
  • APU/System fan fail warning
  • APU/System fan speed control* Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
  • 2x 64 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features
  • Support for @BIOS
  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Xpress Install
  • Support for EasyTune
  • Support for Smart Recovery 2
  • Support for ON/OFF Charge
Bundle Software Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
  • Support for Windows 8.1/8/7 32-bit/64-bit
  • Support for Windows XP 32-bit
Form Factor ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
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From Hardware BBQ:

The layout and the colour combination is good. You get all the connectivity options that the A88X chipset provides- VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.  If you REALLY want me to be grumpy, I might say not having an M.2 port is a downer, but then again it would end up hogging bandwidth from some PCIe slot. You’re better off grabbing a PCIe card with M.2 port.

From Anandtech:

The GIGABYTE F2A88X-UP4 is at the top of GIGABYTE’s FM2+ A88X product line – there is no UP5/UP7, this is it. There is an A88X Sniper which sits alongside the UP4 with upgraded audio.  The UP4 currently retails at $105, and to get the IR355x power delivery on a $105 motherboard is no easy task. This power delivery can be expensive (economies of scale reduce the bill of materials cost), and sometimes other areas of the design have to suffer. The F2A88X-UP4 is ‘Ultra Durable 5 Plus’ enabled, which means GIGABYTE uses the IR355x ICs as well as placing eight USB 3.0 ports on the motherboard (among other things). As a result, the audio/network is a cheaper Realtek combination, using an ALC892 codec where other motherboards at this price point use an ALC898 or ALC1150. The UP4 does have two internal USB 3.0 headers, useful for a number of cases on the market that have four USB 3.0 ports on the front of the case.

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