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|Onboard Graphics||APU with integrated AMD Radeon™ HD 8000/7000 series graphics:|
|LAN||Realtek GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)|
VIA VL805 chip:
|Internal I/O Connectors|
|Back Panel Connectors|
|I/O Controller||iTE I/O Controller Chip|
|Bundle Software||Norton Internet Security (OEM version)|
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm|
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.
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.