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.
- Great value for money.
- Well featured.
- Fairly decent for overclocking.
- Unintuitive BIOS interface
- No VRM cooling.
KitGuru says: An impressive, high value motherboard from Gigabyte.