|Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 AMD FM2 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Thursday, 25 October 2012|
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Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 Proprietary Features
The Gigabyte Ultra Durable 5 power design is one of the shining features highlighted on the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4. The Ultra Durable 5 promises ultra cool, ultra efficient, and ultra performing PWM components. The ferrite core chokes are high-current capable, rated up to 60A. The components include the IR3550 PowIRstage ICs from International Rectifier. The PCB on the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 is 2X copper. One of the main reasons for all of this is to keep temperatures low. Lower temperatures mean higher potential voltages for higher overclocks.
The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 also uses a digital PWM controller called Digital Power. Digital controllers are pretty commonplace now, but each manufacturer uses their own designs. The Digital Power controller by Gigabyte has Precise Auto Voltage Compensation that enables the user to make real-time adjustments and delivers steady and precise power to the components. When you are overclocking, precision is key and a digital controller is the only way to ensure that precision.
While all Z77 motherboards are now supporting Lucid's VirtuMVP Universal, not all A85X motherboards will do so. The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 adds it on as an extra feature. VirtuMVP will let you pair the onboard graphics from your APU with any other discrete GPU. Since AMD has made a lot of improvements to the way the APU handles encoding and decoding, you might prefer to use that for ripping DVDs or formatting movies for your mobile devices. It isn't as fast as Intel's QuickSync, but it might be faster than your discrete GPU. This is a nice touch by Gigabyte. AMD already allows hybrid pairing with another HD Radeon GPU, as long as you ge the right one. This will allow you to use any AMD or NVIDIA discrete GPU with your integrated graphcis, increasing your options.
The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 also features Gigabyte's 333 Onboard Acceleration. While this sounds fancy, only one of those threes is actually something other than standard. The first three stands for USB 3.0, which offers much higher rates than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 is now standard on just about every new motherboard. The second three is for SATA 3.0, also standard on nearly every new board. The final three is where Gigabyte stands out. That three stands for 3x USB power. That means your USB port is pushing out three times the standard power, or 1.5A, which adds up to faster charging times for your portable devices. Other motherboard manufacturers have similar technologies, but it isn't something that commonplace as of yet.
With that 3x USB power comes Gigabyte's On/Off Charge Technology which will allow you to charge your mobile devices regardless of the power mode of your PC. This is a nice feature, since I often plug my phone in to charge and then leave it. If my PC goes into standby mode, the phone stops charging. With this technology, as long as you plug in your device before the PC changes power states, it will continue to charge. With some adjustment to the default settings, your device will even continue to charge if the PC is off. Just make sure you plug a front panel header into the red USB header on the motherboard and you are ready to go.
The final feature is one that was made especially for the European Union, but it helps out with energy efficiency regardless of directive. The Energy-Related Products Directive is part of the EU's environmental regulations. Gigabyte supports this directive by ensuring that the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 is energy efficient, meeting the EU standards for efficiency.Now let's take a look at the UEFI.