ASUS F1A75-V Pro vs. Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H – Llano at ~$120by Ian Cutress on November 7, 2011 6:00 AM EST
|ASUS F1A75-V Pro|
|CPU Support||Llano - AMD A series and E2 series|
|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|
Four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 64 GB
Support for DDR3, 2400/2200/1866/1333/1066 MHz
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|
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|
1 x 24-pin ATX connector
1 x 8-pin 12V connector
1 x CPU Fan Header
2 x CHA
1 x PWR
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
|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
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.
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.