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Asus F2A85-V Pro Motherboard Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Motherboard Layout
  4. BIOS Screenshots
  5. Test Bench and Methodology
  6. 3DMark 11: Performance preset
  7. PCMark 7 Benchmark
  8. PCMark Vantage x64 Benchmark
  9. Conclusion
  10. View All


Asus sent their F2A85-V Pro motherboards for evaluation. The motherboard uses AMD A85X Chipset and just like V-Pro series, this should have all the required connectors, features and expansion slots.

The board specifications point out that it supports up to 2400MHz memory kits via manual set up/OC and has AMD Memory Profile. We’ll go ahead with this review and see what’s up!

Like you would expect in a tier 1 brand manufacturer, Asus also follows a standard design when it comes to packaging and detailing.

The specifications are as follows:

Advertised Specifications Asus F2A85-V Pro
CPU
  • AMD Socket FM2 Athlon/A- Series Processors
  • Supports CPU up to 4 cores
  • Supports AMD Turbo Core 3.0 Technology
Chipset AMD A85X FCH(Hudson D4)
Memory
  • 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2250(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
  • Dual Channel Memory Architecture
  • Support AMD Memory Profile (AMP) memory
Graphic
  • Integrated AMD Radeon HD 7000/8000 Series Graphics in A-series APU
  • Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB/DisplayPort ports
    – Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    – Supports DVI with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ Hz
    – Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    – Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
  • Maximum shared memory of 2048 MB
  • AMD Dual Graphics technology support
  • Supports DirectX 11
  • Multi-GPU Support
  • Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology
  • Supports LucidLogix Virtu MVP Technology
Expansion Slots
  • 2x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
  • 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)
  • 2x PCIe 2.0 x1
    2x PCI
Storage AMD A85X FCH(Hudson D4) chipset :

  • 7x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), grey
  • 1x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
  • Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD
LAN Realtek 8111F, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Audio Realtek ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature: Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
USB Ports ASMedia USB 3.0 controller :
2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
AMD A85X FCH(Hudson D4) chipset :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, , 2 at mid-board)
AMD A85X FCH(Hudson D4) chipset :
10 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, , 8 at mid-board)
Special Features Overclocking Protection :
– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control :
SMART DIGI+ :
– Smart DIGI+ Key- Quickly delivers optimized VRM frequency, voltage and current for superior APU/DRAM overclocking performance with one click.
ASUS TPU :
– Auto Tuning
– TurboV
– GPU Boost
– TPU switch
ASUS EPU :
– EPU
– EPU switch
ASUS Digital Power Design :
– Industry leading Digital 6 +2 Phase Power Design
– CPU Power Utility
– DRAM Power Utility
ASUS Exclusive Features :
– Remote GO!
– USB BIOS Flashback
– MemOK!
– AI Suite II
– Ai Charger+
– USB Charger+
– Anti-Surge
– ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
– Network iControl
– USB 3.0 Boost
– Disk Unlocker
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
– Stylish Fanless Design Heat-pipe solution
– ASUS Fan Xpert 2
ASUS EZ DIY :
– DirectKey
– Precision Tweaker 2
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 2
– ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS Q-Design :
– ASUS Q-Shield
– ASUS Q-Slot
– ASUS Q-Connector
100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
Back I/O Ports
  • 1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
  • 1x DVI
  • 1x D-Sub
  • 1xDisplayPort
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x eSATA
  • 1x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
  • 4x USB 3.0 (blue)
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x Optical S/PDIF out
  • 6x Audio jack(s)
Internal I/O Ports
  • 1x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
  • 4x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 8 USB 2.0 port(s)
  • 1x COM port(s) connector(s)
  • 7x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
  • 1x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 x -pin)
  • 4x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 x -pin)
  • 1x S/PDIF out header(s)
  • 1x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
  • 1x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
  • 1x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
  • 1x System panel(s)
  • 1x DirectKey Button(s)
  • 1x DRCT header(s)
  • 1x MemOK! button(s)
  • 1x TPU switch(es)
  • 1x EPU switch(es)
  • 1x USB BIOS Flashback button(s)
Accessories
  • User’s manual
  • I/O Shield
  • 4x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • 1x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
BIOS 64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 PrintScreen Function, F3 Shortcut Function and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
Support Disc Drivers, ASUS utilities, ASUS Update, Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form Factor ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

layout

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

One of the best functionality that Asus has in this motherboard is that you can use the Memory kits’ Intel XMP presets on this motherboards. Even the memory kits that I have, such as 16GB Kingston HyperX Beast KHX24C11T3K2/16X.

It gives me great pleasure to mention this every time I put up a review. Thanks to the hardware support by Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached. It helps me to test their and other manufacturer’s hardware in a proper way. Thumbs up to these guys!

The following hardware is provided by the followed manufacturers:

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: Asus F2A85V-Pro
CPU Cooler+ Processor
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive WD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/WD 320GB BLUE 320AAJS/ Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 90GB
Power Supply Corsair TX750
GPU Sapphire HD 7790 Dual-X OC Edition 1GB GDDR5 + 13.4 Catalyst
OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit SP1

The Benchmarks that I am using are as follows:

  • 3DMark 11: Performance Pre-set
  • PCMark 7
  • PCMark Vantage x64 Benchmark

Please note that this motherboard was used to evaluate AMD A10-6800K. You can check out more screenshots over here. All tests are done with 3 passes and values from 3rd pass is used in graphs.

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There’s really nothing much to say. Asus has a good streak of M/V-Pro series motherboards so far- as you would and should expect from a Tier 1 manufacturer.  On a personal note, it would be best if the 8th SATA is kept as SATA port rather than eSATA. The colouring of the USB Charger+ and BIOS Flashback would be more useful. While we’re at it, having a BIOS Flashback button on the rear I/O makes a lot more sense than having it on the PCB. It saves one to make an effort to open the sidepanel just to flash the bios. The PCI slots are distributed properly, and the motherboard has  4 pin headers. With that being said, I also hope to see ‘SSD Secure Erase’ option on any motherboard manufacturer’s UEFI, just like in Maximus VI Extreme/ Formula/ HERO.

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Rs. 10,699/- $128.71 £75.79

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