AMD A8-3850 Llano APU and Lynx Platform Preview
A75 Motherboards: Gigabyte and ASRock
Next up we have the Gigabyte A75-UD4H and ASRock A75 Pro 4 Socket FM1 motherboards for AMD’s A-Series desktop APUs.
Like the other boards we have shown you, the Gigabyte A75-UD4H makes use of all of the features available in AMD’s A75 chipset. In addition, this Gigabyte board offers a fairly extensive set of overclocking tools—as we’ve come to expect from the company. The board is a member of Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable class of products and sports the company’s traditional blue and white color scheme, with fairly heavy-duty heatsinks on the VRM (8+2 phase power) and chipset. Gigabyte boasts of the board’s 108db SNR integrated sound solutions as well, which pairs a Realtek 7.1 channel HD controller with a proprietary converter for increased sound quality, although we didn’t do any extensive testing to prove out that point in the limited time we had with the board.
The ASRock A75 Pro4 is a somewhat less-flashy board with a handful of nice features. Like the others, it exploits all of the features inherent to the A75 chipset (USB 3.0, SATA 6GB/s, CrossFire, Dual Graphics, etc.), but ASRock also included some useful additions like an on-board POST code reported, integrated Power and Reset switches, and an external Clean CMOS switch. For what it’s worth, this was also the board AMD shipped with the A8-3850 APU, which is a testament to its stability and performance. If AMD was willing to use the board as foundation of their review platform that has to say something about it. ASRock is also known for their value, so expect the A75 Pro4 to be very competitively priced when it hits the streets in the coming weeks.