Board Features

ASUS F1A75-V Pro
Size ATX
CPU Interface FM1
CPU Support Llano - AMD A series and E2 series
Chipset AMD A75
Base Clock Frequency 100.0 MHz
DDR3 Memory Speed 1866 9-9-9
Core Voltage Auto, offset and manual, 0.8 V to 1.7 V
CPU Clock Multiplier Auto, 8x to CPU limit
DRAM Voltage Auto, 2.30 V to 1.35 V
DRAM Command Rate Auto, 1T or 2T
Memory Slots Four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 64 GB
Dual Channel
Support for DDR3, 2400/2200/1866/1333/1066 MHz
Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe x16 (runs at x16/x0 or x16/x4)
1 x PCIe x4
2 x PCIe x1
3 x PCI
Onboard SATA/RAID 6 x SATA 6 Gbps, Support for RAID 0, 1, 10
Onboard 7 x SATA 6 Gbps
4 x Fan Headers
1 x Front Panel Header
1 x Front Panel Audio Header
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
4 x USB 2.0 Headers
1 x USB 3.0 Header
1 x COM header
1 x TPU Switch
1 x EPU Switch
Onboard LAN Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Onboard Audio Realtek® ALC892
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX connector
1 x 8-pin 12V connector
Fan Headers 1 x CPU Fan Header
2 x CHA
1 x PWR
IO Panel 1 x PS/2 port
1 x D-Sub
1 x DVI-D
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out Connector
2 x USB 2.0
4 x USB 3.0

1 x eSATA 6 Gbps
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Jacks
BIOS Version 0902 / 1501
Warranty Period 3 Years

As with the Gigabyte board, we see a Realtek NIC+Audio combination, although this is the ALC892 rather than the ALC889 on the Gigabyte. Also of note is that there is no Firewire here.

One of the big things to note is that the second PCIe x16 lane actually only runs at x4. This should put severe limitations on throughput if CrossFireX is planned between to discrete GPUs - however our GPU testing later shows that for some titles, it's not that much of a bottleneck.

In The Box

Driver CD
User Guide
IO Shield
Q-Connector for Front Panel
2 x Locking SATA 6 Gbps cables, right angled.

As we are in the $120 region for motherboards, we do not expect anything spectacular in the box. It is a shame that there is nothing special in here, such as a USB 3.0 back panel connector.

Software

Driver installation is very easy from the driver CD, using an ‘Install All’ option to do everything, or drivers can be picked from a list then installed at once. The same goes for the software, though ASUS’ software has focused primarily on the AI Suite application, which we have covered on various ASUS boards before, so I will only cover it briefly here.

The AI Suite is designed to cover everything—overclocking options, energy efficiency options, fan controls, sensors for monitoring, and BIOS updates. Over the iterations it has got quicker to use and works rather well.

The fan controls are of importance here, allowing the user to control the CPU and Chassis fans, in terms of a double gradient speed profile.

One flaw to mention is the saving of overclock profiles. When a profile is saved, if you have changed the voltage in the software, saving the profile does not save the current voltage. It saves the voltage to which the board was booted at. Hopefully this will be corrected in future iterations.

ASUS F1A75-V Pro BIOS and Overclocking Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H Overview and Visual Inspection
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  • Mitch89 - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    A proper sound card definitely sounds better than the integrated ones that come on every motherboard, no question about it.

    As for PCI slots, I still have a few devices in use in my machines including a few DVB-T digital tuners and a soundcard.

    When building my latest Media Centre, however, I purchased a PCI-e DVB-T tuner, so the legacy slots we're something I was looking for.
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  • knedle - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    not really, the funny thing is that if you are interested in perfect sound, it's better to buy a board with integrated sound card and connect it with digital cable to amplifier, this way you are using amplifier as D/A Converter and you get way much better sound, than any sound card bellow $500 you can buy Reply
  • cjs150 - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    It is interesting to see what people use the old legacy PCI slots for. As mentioned in my first post I still use a TV card in one but to be honest there are better PCIex1 cards for that now (do not get me started on USB TV tuners - useless is the nicest description). I havent used a PCI sound card for at least 5 or 6 years. Last time I had an external card (bundled with an ASUS motherboard) it also used a PCIex1 slot.

    Now I am all for recycling old bits of kit to keep build costs down but there does come a point when it is time to wave good bye to legacy slots. Motherboards do not often come with a floppy drive port and IDE socket has basically gone the way of the dodo as well. PCI surely is the next to go. But maybe posters here have convinced me that there is at least a little bit of time left in it
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  • DanNeely - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    The only card I have that's legacy PCI is a BIOS POST code reader that I've been unable to find a PCIe1x replacement for; but with UEFI replacing BIOS it's about to become obsolete anyway. Reply
  • Googer - Sunday, November 13, 2011 - link

    Sounds like you ought to keep an old legacy system for TV Tuners, SCSI, etc along side your new-fangled PC; both on the network so you can easily access the older equipment.

    Second, all of those devices listed are available in PCI-e, Quality Network Cards are available from Intel in PCI-e flavor. Creative makes X-Fi in PCI-e, and LSI (and adaptec?) Made a SCSI card in PCI-e. Serial Parallel ports can also be had with PCI-e and I agree that USB emulators for RS232/IEEE1284 are garbage.
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  • Edgar_Wibeau - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    From the screenshots I can see, the BIOS/UEFI version used with the Asus board is 0902. Yet, their current version is 1502, which dates 2011/10/21, and in between 1103 (2011/10/07) and 1102 (2011/08/26). Did you flash a more current UEFI after taking the shots? Or if not, why?

    See
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_Socket_FM1/F1...
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  • jan.peralta - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    i would love to see gaming benchmarks for HD6670 with the A6, especially for the ASUS board

    thanks!
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  • Dug - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    I second that! Reply
  • Dug - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    I must be out of the loop.

    What does One 580 mean?
    Reply
  • silverblue - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    A single 580 as opposed to two of them. Reply

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