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Asus F1A75-V Pro review

The desktop Llano board in the lead at the moment

Our Verdict

It's an impressive Asus debut for the A75-series of motherboards, giving the A8-3850 a serious platform.

For

  • Great overclocking options
  • SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0
  • Decent price

Against

  • Slight issue with discrete cards

The Asus F1A75-V Pro is the first Llano-compatible motherboard we've seen from the veritable mobo-giant. And it's a pretty impressive partner for AMD's new APU too.

We've seen just how good AMD's latest Fusion APU is in full desktop, Llano Lynx guise, but the AMD A8-3850 chip itself is just half the story.

Despite a hefty amount of the good stuff now being jammed onto the chip itself - northbridge, CPU and GPU – there's still an awful lot left up to the motherboard. And to get the most out of the Llano APUs you need a quality mobo partnership.

Asus has got a pretty good name in the motherboard market and this first Llano Lynx FM1-socket motherboard, the F1A75-V Pro, is only going to further that good feeling.

It comes with all the lovelies we're going to expect from this new A75 series of motherboards, namely up to 1,866MHz DDR3 support as well as what's hot in the world of interfaces; SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0. So hot right now…

There will though be cheaper, weaker A55 boards on their way, minus those two super-model I/O options, very soon.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelA75
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Onboard VideoNo
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket FM1
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorATX
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory64 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots3
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces7
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
DisplayPortYes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports10
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports8
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots4
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports1
Processor TechnologyTurbo CORE Technology
Width304.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelF1A75-V PRO
Product NameF1A75-V PRO Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberF1A75-V PRO
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

This motherboard supports AMD A-& E2- series Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series Graphics. This revolutionary APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) combines processing power and advanced DirectX 11 graphics in one small, energy-efficient design to enable accelerated performance and an industry-leading visual experience. It features Dual-channel DDR3 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5GT/s.