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Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 Rev 3.0 Motherboard Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Motherboard Layout
  4. Components Overview
  5. CPU Cooler Layout
  6. BIOS Layout
  7. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  8. Futuremark Benchmarks
  9. Memory Benchmarks
  10. USB 3.0 Benchmark
  11. SATA III Performance Test
  12. LAN Performance Test
  13. Boot Load Test
  14. Conclusion
  15. Online Purchase Links
  16. View All


Note that there are chipset limitations, such as running 2560 x 1600 which require the monitor and cable to support dual-link DVI. PCIe 3.0 is only supported for FM2+ APUs. Gigabyte took care of mentioning of these limitations as with all of their motherboards (wherever required) in their specs sheet. Not many brands do this, but it helps the consumer to know the limitations.

The motherboard’s layout makes a good impression. The layout is very similar to what Gigabyte did back in the 780/880G/890G days.

Socket Area

Socket Area

There’s a large amount of space on top and bottom of the FM2+ socket to ensure maximum clearance and preventing overlapping.

The rear I/O are as follows:

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From Left: PS/2 combo port for keyboard or mouse, USB 3.0, 1x VGA and DVI, SPDIF out followed by HDMI and DisplayPort. USB 2.0 followed an eSATA port, Gigabit LAN, 2x USB 3.0 and 6x audio jacks.

Towards the top-right corner, Gigabyte put three onboard buttons, CMOS switch, Power buttons and a reset button.

Towards the lower right, you will find the debug LED with dual BIOS next to it, followed by 6x SATA III ports and a USB 3.0 port. It should be noted that a single SATA port is towards the bottom.

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There is only one rev version for this motherboard (Rev 3.0). According to Gigabyte’s website, this is the only rev version available for this motherboard at the time of writing.

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In my opinion, the PCIe slots are laid out properly. From the top: PCIe x1, PCIE x16, 2x PCIe x1, PCIe x16, PCI slot and the last PCIe x16. Not that first x16 slot runs at x16 mode whereas the second runs on x8 and x4 for the last.

It should be noted that the 3rd PCIe x1 slot shares the last PCIe x16 slot. If the third PCIe x1 slot is occupied, the 3rd PCIe x16 will run from x4 to x1 mode. It doesn’t really have an impact, but Gigabyte taken care of mentioning a minor detail. As mentioned in the introduction, the A88X chipset provides x16 bandwidth on first PCIe x16 slot but splits two x8 in a dual-card setup.

There’s a heatpipe attached between the MOSFET and the chipset sink. The passive sinks are low profile. DIMM slot placements are pretty standard.

The 8 pin EPS ATX connector is towards the top left corner of the motherboard where it usually is.

There are 4x 4-pin fan headers on the motherboard, including one for the CPU_fan.

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From Left: Front panel audio, SPDIF_Out, COM Port, 4x USB 2.0 header, 1x USB 3.0, system_fan header, front panel connector and a SATA port.

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