Thursday, February 7th 2013

ASUS Intros F2A85-V Socket FM2 Motherboard

ASUS augmented its socket FM2 motherboard lineup with the F2A85-V, a lite variant of the F2A85-V Pro the company kicked off its Trinity APU-compatible motherboard lineup with. The new F2A85-V trims down on a few things over the -Pro variant, such as simpler independent VRM and FCH heatsinks with no heat-pipe connecting them, fewer APU power phases, and a lighter expansion slot layout that isn't ideal for multi-GPU setups.

To begin with, the F2A85-V features a 6-phase APU VRM that draws power from a 4-pin ATX connector, compared to the 8-phase one drawing from an 8-pin EPS, on the F2A85-V Pro. The FM2 socket is connected to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting a maximum of 64 GB of dual-channel DDR3-1866 MHz memory; and a single PCI-Express 2.0 x16. Other expansion slots include a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4, wired to the A85X FCH), two PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and three legacy PCI slots.

Display connectivity on the F2A85-V includes one each of dual-link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. Storage includes seven SATA 6 Gb/s, and an eSATA 6 Gb/s. The rest of the connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by header), 8-channel HD audio with optical TOSLINK output, gigabit Ethernet, PS/2 mouse/keyboard, and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports. The board is driven by AMI UEFI BIOS. It is expected to hold a sub-$100 price-point.
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15 Comments on ASUS Intros F2A85-V Socket FM2 Motherboard

#1
_JP_
It's already large enough that it could have been full size ATX. I bet it's just a couple of cm short.
And no 90º angled SATA ports....still?
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#2
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
I'm not a fan of these large APU motherboards, i always though most APU systems would run a single graphics card, and at a push a wireless card or something. They're not exactly designed for top end systems, most people i know with APU's have them on tiny mobos in tiny cases.
Also that SATA layout is awful, i see that layout on P4 boards xD
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#3
Major_A
3 PCI slots, really? I'd rather them include 3 extra PCIe 1x slots. Other than that it's a good looking board for Trinity.
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#4
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
trinity does not need anything bigger than a micro atx. hell even mini ITX will do. as Rcoon said, they are hardly used for heavy work. most end up as media PCs and mid level gaming LAN cases.
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#5
Jizzler
F2A85-V is the 10th FM2 motherboard from Asus, and they're all ATX and mATX. When are we going to get some mITX love? Seems like an mITX board would fill a bigger gap in their line-up than this board which is a mild upgrade to the F2A55 (+2 SATA, +2 USB 3.0, other minor differences).
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#6
RejZoR
Why they keep on insisting on these outdated idiotic PCI slots on a 2013 hardware!? Why don't they add ISA and AGP as well, "just in case" if someone will maybe need it. This board would make load sof sense with 2x PCIe 16x and all the rest lower speed PCIe slots. But with 3x PCI slots, they basically ruined it. I wanted my Rampage II Gene to be all PCIe back then, today i don't even want to look at anything that still has PCI slots on it.
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#7
suraswami
by: Major_A
3 PCI slots, really? I'd rather them include 3 extra PCIe 1x slots. Other than that it's a good looking board for Trinity.
by: RejZoR
Why they keep on insisting on these outdated idiotic PCI slots on a 2013 hardware!? Why don't they add ISA and AGP as well, "just in case" if someone will maybe need it. This board would make load sof sense with 2x PCIe 16x and all the rest lower speed PCIe slots. But with 3x PCI slots, they basically ruined it. I wanted my Rampage II Gene to be all PCIe back then, today i don't even want to look at anything that still has PCI slots on it.
There are people like me who still use PCI slots :D

I use them for Sound card and TV Tuner cards. This 3 PCI slot is perfect for my media center upgrade as the third slot is needed for a parallel port so I can use the front LED display on my Ahanix case (I would have preferred a built-in parallel port right on the board). Why throw those perfectly working PCI devices?

I guess if you need high end go with AM3+ 990FX chipset.
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#8
jmcslob
I'll go ahead and jump on the not needed bandwagon...
1 x8 PCI-E slot full sized, 2 x2 PCI-E and 2 slots for ram is all that's needed for any FM2 board anything else and you're missing the point....completely
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#9
Jizzler
If anyone was looking for an all-PCIe FM2 board, Asus does have one: F2A85-M PRO (mATX, x16 x 2, x1 x 2).

As for ATX boards, will probably always find them with PCI as there just not enough lanes available from CPU and PCH to have all those slots. Well they could, but you'd wouldn't have a NIC onboard.
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#10
micropage7
by: _JP_
It's already large enough that it could have been full size ATX. I bet it's just a couple of cm short.
And no 90º angled SATA ports....still?
yeah i dunno why asus still run sata ports like that
is that easier to get assembled maybe :D
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#11
lastcalaveras
Oh Asus will your lazy AMD motherboard designs every stop?
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#12
jihadjoe
by: micropage7
yeah i dunno why asus still run sata ports like that
is that easier to get assembled maybe :D
ASUS has had angled SATA ports since the early days of LGA775. I still have a running ASUS Commando, and the SATA ports were as angled back then as they are now with every other modern design.
No idea why they specifically put those non-angled connectors (and PCI slots) on this board. I guess the strange board config is probably special request of some sort from a customer with unconventional requirements. :ohwell:
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#13
xorbe
I would guess that some minimal mini-itx enclosures simply can't handle sata coming off the edge. It's gotta be straight up.
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#14
NeoXF
That's great and all, but what's the word on A68/A78/A88X chipset motherboards? Seeing as how desktop Richlands are coming out in a month...
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#15
Socratatus
I think this board is being unfairly attacked by some who are a little unimaginative. The size, pci slots plus the rest are perfect for me who needed a large budget board that could still use my old XFI soundcard that works perfect after I disabled the MB sound.

The extra PCI slots and size gives plenty of breathing air space for the PCIE graphics card, and any extra cards I might put in ( I have a TV card lying around somewhere). With the oldish Radeon 6900 dedicated card and the A19 5800K combo I have a pretty decent rig that`ll run most games really well and it`ll suit me fine for a while till I upgrade.

I say, ASUS was thinking imaginatively, not just for people with the most `bragging rights` cash.
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