With the release of AMDs’ new A-series APU, Asus has sent us their F1A75-Pro motherboard made with the new F1 socket to help usher in this new era. The new chipset on this board, the A75, coupled with AMDs’ Llano technology makes a combination with high expectations. With the integrated Radeon 6550D, motherboard/APU combination doesn’t have a problem with mid level gaming and HD video. AMD also boasts the A75 chipset will have faster data-transfer times (USB3.0 and Sata 6.0) compared to Sandy Bridge by 3x in some applications. Asus’s quick summary of the board:
This motherboard supports AMD® A-& E2- series Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series Graphics. This revolutionary APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) combines processing power and advanced DirectX 11 graphics in one small, energy-efficient design to enable accelerated performance and an industry-leading visual experience. It features Dual-channel DDR3 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5GT/s.
A quick look at the board specifications yields everything today’s’ Micro-ATX board should have:
- F1 Socket supporting A-Series or E-series APUs
- 6x SATA 6.0 ports supporting Raid 0, 1, 10, and JBOD
- 4x USB 3.0 ports (2 on back, 2 mid-board)
- 10x USB 2.0 ports (2 on back, 8 mid-board)
- 8 channel HD audio with Toslink
- 2x PCIe x16 slots supporting Crossfire
- 1x PCIe x1 slot
- 1x PCI slot
- 4x 240-pin DIMM slots
Lets look a little deeper on what Asus has added to this board.