ECS A85F2-A Golden for AMD Socket FM2 APUs 3

ECS A85F2-A Golden for AMD Socket FM2 APUs Review

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Value & Conclusion

  • The ECS A85F2-A Golden is available for $115.99.
  • Great "out-of-the-box" CPU performance
  • Excellent layout for slots and ports
  • Support for 3TB+ drives
  • Limited overclocking ability
  • Not all BIOS options working fully
  • Mediocre drive performance
  • No BIOS screenshot ability
ECS has quite a few "high-end" products now, and they definitely offer something different. When I look at them, I get the same feeling as when looking at a little baby playing with some blocks, all cute and innocent. Each has something that it will do better than the one next to it, and every once in a while, you get one that does it all. Unfortunately, the ECS A85F2-A Golden only does one thing really well and that's clocking the CPU portion of my APU. That's not to say that everything else it does is bad, as that's far from the truth, but I expected a bit more. It's the same with babies; sure, they are cute now, but they can be a lot of work too.
I guess the stock performance should have really given me a hint of how overclocking would work, since I noticed that the CPU speed was higher than with other tested products, with everything else being on the good side of pretty average. ECS has never truly been at the forefront of overclocking either, so what I found was actually rather impressive, since I managed to boot and run some benchmarks at 4900 MHz on the CPU part of my APU. However, any overclocking to other parts of the APU was rather underwhelming considering I couldn't even add 5 MHz to iGPU speed.

Add in its relatively low price right now and the ECS A85F2-A Golden presents a rather decent package with a decent layout, a decent price, a fancy new BIOS, and decent stock performance. If you want real overclocking, you best look elsewhere.
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