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Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H Motherboard (with AMD A8-5600K) Review

Overall we are quite impressed with what the Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H has to offer.  We managed to achieve a reasonable overclock in our tests which boosted system performance considerably, despite the limited cooling for the power regulation circuitry.

This model features AMD’s top-end A85X chipset which offers some interesting features such as eight SATA-600 ports and USB3.0 support.  The plentiful array of SATA ports and the compact Micro-ATX form factor make this motherboard ideal for those who want to build a media centre PC or a home server.

We feel that the A8-5600K is fairly well matched to the Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H and, at a price of £78 from Aria,  it offers good bang for buck.  We managed to bump the stock performance well with a modest overclock.

At a price of £56 from Aria, the Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H offers great value for money and is cheaper than most of the other motherboards on the market that feature the AMD A85X chipset.  This means it offers a similar feature set to much more expensive motherboards.

Pros:

  • Great value for money.
  • Well featured.
  • Fairly decent for overclocking.

Cons:

  • Unintuitive BIOS interface
  • No VRM cooling.

KitGuru says: An impressive, high value motherboard from Gigabyte.

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Rating: 9.0.

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