|ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 11 July 2011|
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ASUS F1A75-M Pro Motherboard Review
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ASUS.
With the launch of every new motherboard platform, we expect to see a number of different designs from the major motherboard manufacturers. ASU, of course, was ready for the AMD Lynx platform launch with their own set of A55 and A75 socket FM1 motherboards. Here at Benchmark Reviews we used the ASUS F1A75-M Pro motherboard to test the new platform and the all new AMD desktop APU, the A8-3850. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is exploring the motherboard itself, bringing you all the details of the ASUS F1A75-M Pro socket FM1 motherboard.
The socket FM1 represents a new direction for AMD. Their generational line of motherboards and CPUs will continue with the 990FX platform and bulldozer CPUs that will extend from current 6-core offerings up to 8-core CPUs. But the shining achievement of AMD's last five years of work since they acquired ATI is the Accelerated Processing Unit paired with the A55 and A75 platforms known as Lynx, Llano for desktops. The APU, much like Intel's Sandy Bridge, combines the power of the CPU, GPU, and Northbridge all onto a single die. With the power of the ATI Radeon graphics at its command, however, AMD has the ability to bring a much higher level of graphics to the mix. The AMD A8-3850 APU that we reviewed earlier comes paired with the Radeon HD 6650D GPU which provides a lot more video power than the competing Intel HD Graphics and even supports DirectX 11.
That's all great news, but the A8-3850 APU is useless without a good motherboard to put it in. All the normal partners were there for the launch of the A55 and A75 chipsets. We got our hands on the F1A75-M Pro from ASUS, who traditionally puts a lot of extra features and designs into their motherboards. ASUS has included a lot of the designs from their recent motherboard implementations into the F1A75-M Pro motherboard, including their Dual Intelligent Processors II and their uEFI that has replaced the BIOS. One of the best parts of the new uEFI is the ability to capture screenshots. We have some pictures of the new uEFI for you here. Other features of the F1A75-M Pro include the digitally controlled DIGI+ VRM and plenty of SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 ports.
When Intel launched the Sandy Bridge, they began with two platforms. The H67-Express platform included a few less features and provided the use of the on-die graphics. The P67-Express platform gave limited ability to overclock and catered more towards gamers or enthusiasts. With the launch of the Fusion platforms for desktop, AMD has done something similar, yet completely different at the same time. The two platforms released by AMD are the A55 and the A75. The difference between the Fusion launch and the Sandy Bridge launch is that AMD's two platforms are almost exactly the same. There are a few difference, which we will explore later in this article, but it does seem a little odd to me that the two are so similar.
So, without further ado, let's delve into a more comprehensive look at the new platform and ASUS' F1A75-M Pro socket FM1 Fusion motherboard.