Final Words

Price is quite clearly a key part of this motherboard as it is aimed at the budget end of the market. Overall, considering it costs $65 at Newegg.com, the motherboard performs well and it does manage to give some of the more expensive boards a run for their money.

The layout of the motherboard is fairly standard and it is just like most other boards on the market today. There are only a few little niggles which I have with the boards layout and they are the one fan connector and the positioning of the front panel headers. It may be down to personal preference, but to me, the fan header should have been located on the left hand side of the motherboard and the front panel headers should have been put at the bottom of the motherboard.

As previously mentioned, the BIOS is still an old styled system and there is no graphical implementation. It is reasonably easy to navigate around but it would be nice to have a change from the traditional BIOS layout and get that all important information straight to the user the minute they enter the system.

There is next to no difference in terms of the overclocking abilities of this motherboard. It manages to hold a 140 MHz bus speed which is not far behind the more expensive, A75 alternatives. The overclock is going to be fairly similar across all of our motherboards which are tested due to the voltage limits which we impose.

Performance wise the GA-A55M-S2V was not setting any records, and in some cases it was struggling to keep up with its beefier A75 cousins.  No doubt that if we get in more A55 boards to review, the Gigabyte will prove to be an interesting data point across our benchmark suite.

 

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  • DMisner - Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - link

    Isn't FM1 on the way out with Trinity's upcoming release? Reply
  • HW_mee - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Yes it is, FM2 is the next socket for desktop Trinity, but I have not ben able to find any information on compatibility between FM1 and2.

    Some rumors claim that the current chipsets will work with the FM2 socket, but no info an the processors :-(

    Feel free to add more rumors/info :-)
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  • MonkeyPaw - Friday, March 23, 2012 - link

    I thought I read that AMD had one last upgrade for FM1. It was assumed (hoped) they meant Trinity.

    Not sure what FM2 will offer that's different. Maybe add more memory channels?
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  • mariush - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Again with 1000w+ power supplies on systems designed to use 50-100 watts...

    No power supply manufacturer will optimize its power supplies to have good efficiency below below the 20%, which is what 50-100 watts will be on this 1250w psu.

    As you can see on techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/ZX_1250W/5.html this power supply has 66% efficiency at 65 watts and 75% efficiency at 90 watts.

    "These are the real world values that consumers may expect from a typical system (minus the monitor) using this motherboard."

    No, they absolutely are not. Even if customers would buy cheap 350-500w power supplies, those would do 80% efficiency at even 60 watts load.
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  • mariush - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    And who the hell is going to buy a 130$+ video card such a factory overclocked Radeon 5850 when the motherboard is supposed to targeted to value users?

    Value users are going to either use the integrated video card (why no power consumption values WITHOUT a video card?) which is good enough to watch movies or even play games like World of Warcraft or they're going to get something like a sub 100$ 5750 or a 6750.

    It doesn't make a big difference at idle, but it sure does at high loads, and some people are just concerned enough to compare power consumptions and lean to a solution or another based just on this.
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  • HW_mee - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Yeah, this is standard, as the "anand" testbed and it has to be as similar as possible across all the systems they test from i7 3960X to an E-350.

    I do not accuse anand of foul play, but it is not really a fit setup for mid to low performance systems.

    If you want a proper look at Llano, Brazos or similar and what they offer in a "daily" scenario, you can try looking at the SPCR reviews of these platforms.
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  • tim851 - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    Well, they say it's to make things comparable. But then they have power consumption charts where some systems use different components than others. And they don't put it in the chart.
    So one system was tested with a Radeon 5870 (low idle) and Windows 7 and another system was tested with a GeForce GTX 285 (~20-30w higher idle) and Windows XP and they don't mark it on the charts.
    Typically they misrepresent AMD that way.
    Has to be said.

    I haven't used AMD (on the cpu side) myself in a long time, but I feel they are getting an undeservedly bad rep on tech sites.
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  • mariush - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    I don't buy it. I understand the concept but I don't buy it.

    Such a popular website like Anandtech with reasonable income from advertising can very well keep 2-3 power supplies for tests, in order to provide accurate, correct reviews.

    A 600w power supply is good enough to run benchmarks on virtually ANY processor and single video card combination, even when overclocked.

    With 2 or more video cards, you can very well change the power supply to a 1000w+ one.

    Changing power supplies takes minutes on a test bed.

    Anandtech could also just buy a batch of power supplies from the same series (to have a few as backup in case one or several break) and put them through a load tester, to get the efficiency graph, one similar to the one in the Tech Power Up article I linked.

    From that point, as they have the efficiency graph, they can just measure the power consumption at the wall and estimate how much the system actually uses.

    It won't be 100% exact as the ratio between 3.3v, 5v and 12v rail usage will vary between systems, but as 12v is a large percent of usage nowadays, it will be within a few percents. Close enough.
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  • HW_mee - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    I do not like it either, but remember that Anandtech is not written by people in on physical location.

    I know some of the contributors are located in different parts of Europe, and I am pretty sure they have some people scattered across the US as well. They cannot ship the same equipment between all these locations and it looks like they have purchased somewhat similar equipment for use in their test.

    This 1000 watt supply is then a part of the "testbench" and you will have to visit other sites for for more realistic power/efficiency numbers when reading a review of a part that is not high end.
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  • mariush - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    ಠ_ಠ

    This is just another point for computing the efficiency graph of the power supply and report the estimated real usage of the system

    We all know efficiency of a power supply changes when running from 110-120v (us) compared to running from 230v.

    The 65w idle on 230v in Europe can very well be 70w in US, due to less efficiency when running on US mains power.

    It would be more honest to report the actual consumption, after factoring losses in psu.
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