Asus has announced its F2A85 Series motherboards based on the new AMD A85X chipset and FM2 socket, designed for AMD’s second generation Accelerated Processing Units (APU). Embedded in the APU is an AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU, which is bolstered by support for AMD Eyefinity technology enabling the use of up to three independent display outputs. Users also have the option to add a discrete graphics card to enable the Dual Graphics feature, which provides users with even better graphics performance.
“The F2A85 boards are designed to accommodate the AMD A85X platform, designed to support up to 5GT/s interface speed and PCI Express 2.0 x 16 graphics, and support the new and upcoming line of Socket FM2 A-Series APUs. The motherboards are great budget choices for single or dual-GPU setups and their feature set include Dual Intelligent Processors 3, Direct Key, USB BIOS Flashback, USB 3.0 Boost, and Network iControl. They are Windows 8 ready,” said Vinay Shetty, Country Head – Component Business, Asus India.
The Asus F2A85-V PRO motherboard
As per an official statement by Asus, F2A85 Series motherboards come with a variety of features -- Dual Intelligent Processors 3 (DIP3) with new DIGI+ Power Controls to save up to 65 percent in system energy, GPU Boost to enhance integrated graphics up to 17 percent, a USB BIOS Flashback tool and Remote GO! to complement the multimedia experience. In addition to the Asus exclusive features is a superior design built with high quality components. Examples include a more efficient and silent heat-pipe cooling design that provides better overclocking ability, along with Super Alloy Chokes that give the motherboard both a high current capability and low heat generation.
New to Asus APU-based motherboards is the Dual Intelligent Processors 3. The DIGI+ Power Controls offers increased system efficiency and stability through two digital voltage controllers that allow for tuning of APU and DRAM power delivery. Also part of DIP3 is the EPU, which offers up to 65 percent energy savings, and the TPU, which offers one click auto tuning for an automatic system performance boost. Graphics performance is also bolstered by GPU Boost, which offers a simple way to boost the integrated GPU’s performance up to 17 percent. The innovative one stop software offers diverse and easy-to-use functions that are accessible through the UEFI BIOS and AI Suite II.
F2A85 Series motherboards also feature the USB BIOS Flashback tool, which offers users the most convenient way to flash the BIOS. Users need only insert any USB storage device and push the dedicated USB BIOS Flashback button for three seconds, which then automatically flashes the BIOS. For extra convenience, users can use this function without the need to enter the BIOS or operating system, as well as being able to function without key components such as the APU and memory installed. Asus also offers the new DirectKey feature, which is a dedicated button that when pushed, directly access the BIOS without the need to repeatedly press the Delete key.
The Remote GO! function links PCs, tablets, smartphones and TVs wirelessly together through an existing LAN cable and router setup. It allows users to stream multimedia content from PC to DLNA devices, access their computer anywhere using their mobile device at home, while also allowing easy file transfers between connected computers and mobile devices. It provides seamless multimedia environment for a futuristic connected lifestyle with three useful functions: DLNA Media Hub, Remote Desktop and File Transfer.
The Asus F2A85 series comes in four flavours: the F2A85-V PRO which costs Rs 9,350, the F2A85-M PRO, which costs Rs 9,750, the F2A85-M which costs Rs 7,400, and the F2A85-M LE which costs Rs 6,350.