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So this is about as expensive as it gets for a motherboard that’s intending for a platform. That’s all about the performance of its onboard graphics.
The question then is how can you justify it.
When motherboards all pretty much perform the same.
If you look at pure CPU or video card benchmarks well, for one thing, it seems better with gigabytes signature matte black PCB. Vibrant green accent g1 series color scheme, and for another, it has more features than most other fm2 plus boards.
Some that on the Intel motherboard side of things you’d have to spend another 40 bucks on a g1 snipers and 5s.
If, you wanted to get more on those later though first, we’ll do what’s including in the box and a real tour of the board.
So inside you find an i/o shield for SATA cables and a manual that’s it for the board at its heart.
They see an FM 2 plus socket with support for the latest AMD Kaveri ap use. And last generation FM 2 based ap application as well the VRM power delivery and cooling setup around it is relatively mundane.
But AMD’s latest CPUs aren’t the power hogs that the old ones were.
So it’s not a concern at all speaking of power the eight-pin and 24 pin connectors are in their ideal locations for easy cable management in most cases and over here.
They’ve got four slots for dual-channel ddr3 RAM with support for up to 24 hundred megahertz RAM and with the backing for an MP or XMP memory profiles.
The board supports up to 64 gigs of RAM with theoretical 16 concerts on buffered dims front USB 3 is over on the right-hand edge the years of Southbridge heat sink down here.
That covers up your chipset, and you’ve got SATA 3 ports positioning around it in a location.
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That I guess is not ideal, but it’s not bad either.
All the ones coming straight out of the board are going to be out of the way of a dual-slot graphics card in the bottom slot and next to it.
You’ve only got PCI slots most PCI cards aren’t long.
We’ve also got gigabyte signature dual BIOS down here with two physical chips so even if you brick it in the middle of a flash.
You are still good to go and finally, you’ve got two front USB two connectors to go along with that front USB three.
PCI Slot layout:
I’d say the PCI slot layout is excellent it’s crossfire compatible.
But not SLI this board is, and you can install up to two dual-slot graphics cards with two PCIe 1x slots and one PCI slot left.
Which is an excellent mix for what I’d call like an entry-level performance-oriented board the fan headers are locating here?
I’m a little bit disappointed that they don’t have any down at the bottom of the board but it’s your mileage may vary depending on the layout of your case.
And now I think they’ve got to get into the sound implementation which takes up most of the space on the gigabytes web page for this board it features a real tech alc 898 codecs.
So, we can’t criticize their choice of components here.
They’ve also included an isolated PCB section. which has become a popular method of reducing electrical interference on motherboard manufacturers.
It’s also designing to cut interference with a gold shield over the audio processor.
I haven’t seen it demonstrated that these types of guards provide a tangible benefit but it’s there look school can be wrong.
So there you go stuff you’re more likely to notice in actual use as gigabytes use of NIT chacón Pro Audio capacitors their onboard gain switches.
That allows you to select either a two and a half X or six X amplification mode.
They’re upgradeable op-amp socket most people will never use this last feature, and it’s not something.
I even really recommend messing around with but if you want to try out different op-amps and see how they color the output sound.
Then you’ve got that flexibility moving up to the rear i/o we find the gold-plated 7.1 audio ports.
Please note this doesn’t improve audio quality directly.
But it can make the port’s last longer over time after many insertions and the previous Audio centric feature on the board.
Which isn’t directly related to the onboard audio but may be necessary for folks using external DAC such as an ode ACK or a file e 10.
That’s a unique USB – connector right here on the back with gold plating which in itself doesn’t matter at all but more importantly a separate power source.
That’s designing to cut power fluctuate fluctuations on the back.
They’ve also got the usual IO, so we’ve got four USB 2.0 ports in addition to the audio one-two USB 3.0 ports.
ps2 keyboard mouse combo port VGA DVI HDMI Gigabit Ethernet.
And of course, the audio ports as I mentioned before including optical audio out.
it should be noted that onboard graphics is something special on AMD’s.
The latest platform and over at HDMI 1.4 a connector with the Kaveri APU installed the board will support 4k output but only at 30 Hertz which is still great.
In case you’re seeking to connect a media playback field on your 4k tv and the last interesting point about the board.
Before we get into our overclocked performance test are the things that, unfortunately.
I can’t validate but what I will say is that if gigabytes ultra-durable 4 + design does improve the board’s resiliency against high humidity and electrostatic discharge shots then.
That’s something you would want on your board so now without further ado. I’m going to hand this off to Luke who took this board for a spin to give us an idea.
What we can achieve by overclocking both the CPU and GPU components of a Kaveri APU. we justify a gaming-centric board on this value optimized platform.
I recommend that everyone overclocks our graphics card. the way and must we talk about this a lot and everything. But they’re not that aggressive about it with CPUs.
What we’re overclocking is an APU it is both graphics and processor in the same thing.
And we highly suggest overclocking it, and that is why these numbers are going to be overclocking.
They’re running the system at 4.4 gigahertz on the processor side on the graphics side.
It’s running at 900 megahertz, and we applied 1.5 to 5 volts to it to get these numbers.
I could get that voltage number lower.
I’m preparing for the wine show right now and don’t have a ton of time as you can see with our star swarm benchmarks.
There’s a massive improvement due to being able to overclock the graphics court that much.
It’s a substantial enormous jump over the stock numbers and then in the.
When we’re overclocking memory which is entirely different.
You see huge dumps again if you combine those two it’s, even more, overclocking on this platform is very important.
You’re buying a Kaveri APU almost at CPU.
There if you’re buying a Kaveri APU you need to overclock your rig.