Gigabyte thinks Trinity looks best in basic black

Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2012 - 02:46 PM |
Tagged: amd, gigabyte, F2A85X-UP4, socket fm2, trinity

Gigabyte's socket FM2 F2A58X-UP4 looks unique in that the colour scheme is a basic black and grey with none of the flashy colours common on today's motherboards.  All seven SATA ports and the eSATA are 6Gb/s so you don't have to worry about which ports to use, the three PCIe 16x slots can run at 8x/8x/1x when fully populated and with the half dozen USB 3.0 ports you end up with a lot of choices on a fairly inexpensive board.  [H]ard|OCP had fun when overclocking this board, a new chipset means new settings and tricks to learn in order to coax the most out of your processor, though the A10-5800K does top out fairly quickly regardless of the motherboard used.  Check out their full review here.

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"GIGABYTE's F2A85X-UP4 brings AMD's "Trinity" APU to the desktop arena with a new chipset and a solid feature set at a nice price. But is that enough to make it compelling for enthusiasts?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

October 25, 2012 | 03:07 PM - Posted by Zanthis

If only there was an all black z77 board.

October 25, 2012 | 06:28 PM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

I think this is seriously a signal...I'm surprised AMD hasn't complained.

October 25, 2012 | 10:39 PM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

Three PCIe x16 slots feels a little excessive for Trinity, but I guess it's better than making them x1 or PCI.

It's a nice board, but I think that $129 for a board for a CPU family that tops at $130 is a little too much. Trinity's strength is at the budget end, so I feel that a lower price MB would be a better fit for it.

October 26, 2012 | 01:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I hate colorful boards, my motherboard looks like the lovechild of crayons screwing a circuit breaker. Black is the way to go, would consider if shopping.

October 26, 2012 | 05:41 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

As the Rolling Stones once sang ...


I totally agree with you

October 30, 2012 | 07:56 PM - Posted by najirion

It does look better.. wish intel boards do the same

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