Biostar Hi-Fi A85W AMD Socket FM2

Biostar Hi-Fi A85W AMD Socket FM2

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Introduction


We took a look at an AMD FM2 overclocking board built by Gigabyte last week. However, not everyone that is interested in APUs is interested in overclocking. Well, how do board manufacturers appeal to those other users? Biostar has an answer to that question.

Biostar has really changed things up in a big way recently. They launched new VRM designs and adopted a brand new UEFI look with their Hi-Fi A85W while also offering very decent audio rendering for a very decent price. The Hi-Fi series of products from Biostar delivers high-quality audio to every platform for a nice price, something that was exclusive to high-end enthusiast products in the past. It can be compared to AMD's FM2 platform that brought more value and functionality to the entry-level product group. The Biostar Hi-Fi A85W brings something new to the entry-level product group as well, and it couldn't be at a better time.

I covered an Intel Z77X Biostar Hi-Fi product a couple of weeks ago. You can find its review here. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with that one, and this new board, the Biostar Hi-Fi A85W, dropped itself off on my front doorstep right as I finished testing the Z77X Biostar Hi-Fi board:


Specifications

Specifications
MANUFACTURER:Biostar
MODEL:Hi-Fi A85W
CPU SUPPORT:2nd Gen AMD A Series and Athlon Processors for the FM2 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 6 Phases
FCH Power: 1 Phase
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET:AMD A85X
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed APU/CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2400+
BIOS:AMI EFI BIOS with 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (x16/x4)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
2 x PCI slot
HDD CONNECTIVITY:8 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (AMD A85X)
NETWORKING:Realtek RTL8111F PCIe Gigabit LAN
PORTS:8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at back panel, 4 at front panel)
4 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at back panel, 2 at front panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port with 6 audio jacks
1 x HDMI port
1 x VGA port
1 x DVI port
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
AUDIO:Puro Audio HD CODEC
FAN HEADERS:5 x 4-pin PWM
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • uEFI GUI Interface BIOS
  • THX TruStudio Pro
  • BIO-Remote2
  • BIO-Remote
  • Rapid Switch2
  • Rapid Debug3
  • TOverclocker OC software
  • Green Power Utility
  • Charger Booster
  • Hi-Fi Power
  • Hi-Fi Ground
  • Hi-Fi AMP
  • Hi-Fi Cap
  • Hi-Fi Resistor
  • MultiChannelCalibration(MCC)
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