In The Box

As this is only a $110 motherboard, we don't get much in the box:

User manual
Two SATA 6 Gbps cables, one right angled
I/O shield
Drivers and utilities DVD

Considering this is the ‘Pro’ variation of this lineup and it costs around $110, I think another couple of SATA cables in the box would have been preferable.

Board Features

ASUS F1A75-M Pro
Size Micro ATX
CPU Interface FM1
CPU Support Desktop Llano
Chipset A75
Base Clock Frequency 100 MHz by Default, 90 to 300 MHz in 1 MHz increments
DDR3 Memory Speed 1333 MHz by Default, 800 MHz to 1866 MHz supported
Core Voltage 0.800 V to 1.700 V in 0.0125V increaments
CPU Clock Multiplier CPU Dependent, upper limit fixed unless Black Edition processors used
DRAM Voltage 1.35 V to 2.30 V in 0.01 V increments
DRAM Command Rate Auto, 1 or 2
Memory Slots Four DDR3-DIMM
Maximum 64 GB, Non-ECC Unbuffered
1066 MHz to 2250 MHz selectable
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe x16 (x16/x4)
1 x PCIe x1
1 x PCI
Onboard SATA/RAID 6 x SATA 6 Gbps (RAID 0, 1, 10)
1 x eSATA 6 Gbps
Onboard 6 x SATA 6 Gbps
4 x Fan Headers
4 x USB 2.0 header
1 x USB 3.0 header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x Front Panel Connector
1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
1 x MemOK! Button
Onboard LAN RealTek RTL8111E Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX
1 x 8-pin 12V
Fan Headers 1 x CPU (4-pin)
2 x CHA (4-pin)
1 x PWR (3-pin)
IO Panel 4 x USB 3.0 Ports
2 x USB 2.0 Ports
1 x PS/2 Port
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
1 x Optical SPDIF output
6 x Audio Jacks
HDMI/VGA/DVI-D Video Outputs
1 x Optical SPDIF output
BIOS Version 10/26/2011
Warranty Period 3 Years

On AMD boards, there are limitations to what NICs are being used - the Realtek NIC/Audio combo are often sold at a discount, and thus are the main focus for these types of boards. 

Software

Both the software and the driver installations were very easy - as with some other manufacturers, it is as simple as inserting the DVD and clicking install, unless you would prefer to pick and choose which drivers and/or software you wish to install yourself.

The software you would find on the DVD is mainly the ASUS Suite II - the main ASUS 'all-in-one' control software. The software includes hardware temperature monitors, and users can make adjustments to your system clocks from within the OS. It also allows you to update your BIOS, as well as allowing you to make changes to your fan and power profiles.

All the options can be changed on-the-fly, rather than having to restart the computer to go into the BIOS and alter them there.

BIOS and Overclocking Test Setup, Temperatures and Power Consumption
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  • amxn - Sunday, January 22, 2012 - link

    I don't know if the tables are wrong or if Asus are actually expecting people to pay more for a product that loses quite a few features than its lower priced variant? Reply
  • just4U - Sunday, January 22, 2012 - link

    Well it's mini-itx so that's likely the reason why the deluxe version is more expensive. Reply
  • StevoLincolnite - Sunday, January 22, 2012 - link

    That's Micro-ATX.

    Mini-ITX only has the one PCI/PCI-E slot.
    Reply
  • Death666Angel - Sunday, January 22, 2012 - link

    What? The Deluxe version is mini-ITX and costs more (and pretty much all mITX boards I know come with PCIe x4-x16 depending on CPU/chipset). The tested version in this article is micro-ATX and has 1 PCIe x16, 1 PCIe x1, 1 PCIe x4 and 1 PCI slot. So I'm not sure what your comment is referring to. :-) Reply
  • chui101 - Sunday, January 22, 2012 - link

    I didn't realize CPU temperatures could be measured in FPS too! ;)

    Great review, thanks! I'm really tempted to build a mini ITX Llano system... this might be the board I go with!
    Reply
  • BLaber - Sunday, January 22, 2012 - link

    Please mention power supply used on Power consumption test page to help make sense of power consumption test numbers. Reply
  • bobbozzo - Sunday, January 22, 2012 - link

    Also, I would like to see power consumption without any added video cards.

    thanks
    Reply
  • Dobs - Sunday, January 22, 2012 - link

    Totally agree !!! Prolly a 1000W monster PSU like last time.
    "These are the real world values that consumers may expect from a typical system" ummmmmmm whose real world?
    Why does it seem sooo hard for Anandtech to give decent psu and power consumption info on anything related to Llano? Seriously
    Reply
  • fic2 - Monday, January 23, 2012 - link

    Have to agree. This would probably make a good HTPC, but who would put dual 5850s in an HTPC. Seems like bizarro test setup to measure the power consumption of a motherboard. Like measuring the mpg of a car when it is pulling a horse trailer and calling it "typical". Reply
  • Kevin G - Sunday, January 22, 2012 - link

    I'm curious how far this board can take the unlocked A8-3870K when overclocked. Reply

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