Gigabyte announces FM2 series motherboards that support AMD A-series APUs

Gigabyte, a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has announced its latest FM2 series motherboards that support the next generation AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4, the flagship of the Gigabyte FM2 series, incorporates Gigabyte Ultra Durable 5 technology, digital power delivery, and other exclusive features to tap into AMD’s new ‘Trinity’ technology.

“A number of new features and technologies make their debut on the AMD platform, including Ultra Durable 5 technology, Dual UEFI 3D BIOS, Digital Power delivery, triple display support and Lucid Virtu MVP,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at Gigabyte. “These new FM2 series motherboards offer outstanding value for any DIY builder looking to harness the improved performance of AMD’s Trinity APUs."

The flagship model

The flagship model


In the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 motherboard, digital power controllers are used to get the most out of the onboard AMD 7000 series graphics processor.

Respected overclocker and aficionado, Massman, managed to push the AMD A10 5800K APU to achieve a 3DMark Vantage Performance score of over 10,000 points, better performance than many discrete graphics cards available today.

Non-K Model AMD APUs have a locked multiplier, which can severely limit potential overclocking. Gigabyte FM2 series motherboards are equipped with an additional APU bus frequency generator that allows a much higher clock ceiling.

According to an official statement by the company, the latest Gigabyte FM2 motherboards are the first AMD motherboards to incorporate several exclusive Gigabyte technologies, including the latest Ultra Durable 5 technology. Featuring high current-capable components, including the 60A IR3550 PowIRstage ICs, Gigabyte Ultra Durable 5 motherboards provide power delivery to the CPU for performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan. The brand states that the new Gigabyte FM2 series motherboards are the first AMD platform motherboards to feature the excusive Gigabyte 3D BIOS, providing a UEFI interface with two exclusive modes of interaction tailored for needs of both enthusiast and novice users. The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 motherboard features a Digital Engine 

Gigabyte FM2 series motherboards make use of the AMD Eyefinity technology, allowing users to extend their OS desktop by connecting up to three high-resolution digital displays. Triple displays mean more real-estate for enhanced productivity, plus the ability to view panoramic triple screen 3D gaming with AMD’s Eyefinity driver technology.

The revised AMD FM2-Series platform is based on the FM2 socket, supporting the AMD APUs based on the AMD ‘Trinity’ architecture. Gigabyte states that the new top-end AMD A10 series combine up to 4 cores with the latest 7000 series graphics core.

The latest AMD 7000 series graphics embedded in all Trinity APUs bring 3D gamers up to 30 percent better 3D performance compared to previous the generation. This makes the new FM2 platform a great option for mainstream 3D gaming applications, with Microsoft DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL 1.1 support helping to deliver a 3D gaming experience similar to discrete graphics card solutions.

For more information on these Gigabyte motherboards, go here.