- Packaging and Specifications
- Motherboard Layout
- BIOS Screenshots
- Test Bench and Methodology
- 3DMark 11: Performance preset
- PCMark 7 Benchmark
- PCMark Vantage x64 Benchmark
This is the motherboard that was provided by Asus to review AMD A10-6800K. Overall the layout is nicely implemented, and the on-board are spread-out properly. It should be noted that all the fan connectors are 4 pin, and it has LED indicators, the usual (for Asus)DirectKey/MemOK!/TPU buttons and switches. The motherboard has all the required PCIe slots that most of the users would ever need, but the following is where you’ll get to know them in great detail. There are a total of 5x 4 pin fan headers, 2 of which are for the CPU coolers in case with a push pull setup or for 240/280mm radiators.
From left: Keyboard/mouse PS/2 pin, 2x USB 2.0, S/PDIF connector, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA and DVI connector for video output that works via the APU’s integrated graphics. Then there’s a total of 4x USB 3.0, an e-SATA port, a gigabit LAN and 6x audio ports. The last port on the bottom of the e-SATA connector housing is also used for BIOS flashback and USB Charger+ as pointed out in the manual. But if would help if it had a colour indicator. Maybe keep half the connector as red and half as blue. The USB 3.0 ports that runs via ASMedia ASM1042 controller also supports UASP mode.For those who don’t know, USB Charger+ helps by providing to up to 3x more for apple gadgets, smartphones and other portable devices that usually can be charged via USB. The best part is that it allows you to charge it even if you have your system switched, in sleep or in hibernation mode. UASP is a standard which allows transmission speed of up to 170% more than what the standard USB 3.0 bandwidth allows, provided that the USB 3.0 device can take advantage of it.
Via the A-Series APU’s integrated AMD Radeon graphics, the DisplayPort allows upto 4096 x 2160 @ 60Hz resolution, HDMI via 1080p @ 60Hz, dual-link DVI support upto 2560 x 1600 @60Hz and VGA output which allows upto 1920x 1600 @ 60Hz.
One of the pairs of USB 3.0 is powered via ASMEDIA USB 3.0 controller, whereas the other is via the AMD A85X Chipset.
From left: Front panel audio header with S/PDIF out, followed by one of the Chassis Fan header, Serial port in white, 4x USB 2.0 ports powering up to 8x USB 2.0 ports, a TPU switch with a TPU indicator and a Direct key, BIOS clear button and front panel headers. Between the SATA ports and the front panel connectors, you’ll fine the BIOS flashback button with an LEF indicator below it.
Next to the DIMM slots, there’s the DRAM LED and a MemOK! buttons, followed by an EPU switch.
From Left: PCIe X1. PCIe x16 which runs on x16 in single card setup andx8 with dual card setup, PCIe X1, PCI Slot, PCIe x16 which will run on x8 mode, another PCI slot and the last PCIe x16 which runs on x4 mode. Its best to have PCIe x1 slot placed either on top of the first PCIe x16 or leave a space enough that it won’t interfere with dual slot graphic cards. This way you can connect your X1 add-on cards without any fuss- like a sound card. Even with CF configuration with dual slot cards, there enough space between them to allow good enough airflow, especially for GCs with dual front intake, like the Dual-OC cards from XFX or even Asus’ non reference DirectCUII cards.
The mainboard uses ASMEDIA ASM1042 controller to power up 2x USB 3.0 ports, Realtek 8111F Ethernet controller, Realtek ALC892 controller for the audio, followed by Novato NCT67790 sensor and controller for the temperature and fan speed. As expected from Asus, the mainboard uses their branded VRM controller. ASMEDIA ASM1445 is the chip used to manage controls between the output connectors.
Since the chipset allows up to 8 SATA III ports, there are a total of 8 native SATA 6Gbps ports, out of which the last one is used as eSATA on the rear I/O. A lot of people wouldn’t have minded having the 8th board over an eSATA port, assuming they’re able to fill them up. The controller supports Raid 0, 1, 5 and 10.
The motherboard uses 6+2 phase design with an MOSFET and a SB bridge having a heatpipe connected. The motherboard takes power for the CPU via the 8 pin EPS ATX connector.