Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H Review

Introduction

Despite many attempts by AMD to plant their flag at the top of the mountain, the high-end marketplace is completely dominated by Intel at the moment. However, the actual marketplace, in terms of units shipped, is all about the low-price, good performance, office-spec machines. 

Any trip to your local PC emporium will show how the shops take advantage of the lack of knowledge from the average consumer to sell them a £300 PC that's "capable of gaming". Of course Freecell is a game, and so in a lot of ways that's accurate, albeit economical with the truth.

Speaking of economical, welcome to the Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H, hereafter the D3H. An mATX motherboard that's available for the bargaintastic price of £60. We loved the Z77 D3H when we reviewed it and consider it one of the best value motherboards around. Even with the apparent limitations of the AMD processors, have Gigabyte have pulled another winner out of the bag?

Technical Specifications

For such a compact motherboard the D3H is actually rich with features for the price-point, including a whopping 8 SATA6 connectors, Gigabit LAN, support for some (for AMD at least) speedy RAM.

APUFM2 Socket:
  1. AMD A series processors
  2. AMD Athlon™ series processors
Chipset
  1. AMD A85X
Memory
    1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
  1. Dual channel memory architecture
  2. Support for DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
  3. Support for AMD Memory Profile (AMP)/ Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
Onboard GraphicsAPU:
    1. 1 x D-Sub port
    2. 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600
* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
  1. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200
Audio
  1. Realtek ALC887 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  1. Realtek GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
  2. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
  3. (All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  4. 1 x PCI slot
Multi-Graphics Technology
    1. Support for AMD CrossFire™ technology
    2. Support for AMD Dual Graphics technology
Storage InterfaceChipset:
  1. 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 8 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD
USBChipset:
  1. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
  2. Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  4. 1 x APU fan header
  5. 2 x system fan headers
  6. 1 x front panel header
  7. 1 x front panel audio header
  8. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  9. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  10. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  11. 1 x serial port header
  12. 1 x parallel port header
  13. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  14. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  2. 1 x D-Sub port
  3. 1 x DVI-D port
  4. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  5. 1 x HDMI port
  6. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  7. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  8. 1 x RJ-45 port
  9. 3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
  1. iTE I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
    1. System voltage detection
    2. APU/System temperature detection
    3. APU/System fan speed detection
    4. APU overheating warning
    5. APU/System fan fail warning
    6. APU/System fan speed control
BIOS
  1. 2 x 64 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a
Unique Features
    1. Support for @BIOS
    2. Support for Q-Flash
    3. Support for Xpress Install
    4. Support for EasyTune
  1. Support for Smart Recovery 2
  2. Support for Auto Green
  3. Support for ON/OFF Charge
  4. Support for 3TB+ Unlock
  5. Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software
  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
  1. Support for Microsoft® Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
Form Factor
  1. Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 24.4cm
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Most Recent Comments

31-03-2013, 08:22:28

tinytomlogan
The AMD-based D3H has all the potential to be a pocket powerhouse. Today we find out if it is.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...124042782l.jpg


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31-03-2013, 08:44:13

FTLN
What an ugly pcb !!!

31-03-2013, 10:47:49

TCates90
I think it's good to see an AMD setup performing closer to Intel. True you might not be able to get the neatest of setups, but it might be good for someone new to gaming and custom PCs.

31-03-2013, 11:35:41

F-alienware
I long for the day that an APU has something like a 7850 aboard.

Nice to see AMD doing what they're becoming good at ; providing cheaper stuff that's capable of bits and bobs.

Also nice to see a review of something more mainstream so cheers guys !

31-03-2013, 15:56:53

Robi_G
right angled SATA cables would neaten it up a bit. But who has a windowed case at that price point?
The lack of VGA out might put some users off though, lots of budget monitors still have them.

31-03-2013, 19:04:36

murphy7801
Im being thinking about a fm2 set up for under my tv. Might wait till next AMD APU which supposed to be couple months. It has pcie-3

02-04-2013, 05:21:12

Bagpuss
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
I long for the day that an APU has something like a 7850 aboard.
It's called a Playstation 4, available soon

02-04-2013, 08:20:43

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by murphy7801 View Post
Im being thinking about a fm2 set up for under my tv. Might wait till next AMD APU which supposed to be couple months. It has pcie-3
What would you use PCI-E 3.0 for in a htpc?

02-04-2013, 08:33:41

leathart123
Yeah there aren't really that big of a difference when using pcie 3.0, even in graphics cards over pcie 2.0

02-04-2013, 10:59:24

badtaylorx
id love to see someone compare both an AMD apu system W/hybrid crossfire to the same apu system with just a dedicated hd 7770

02-04-2013, 11:51:25

F-alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bagpuss View Post
It's called a Playstation 4, available soon
Hmm not sure it's a stand alone APU.
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