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ASUS F2A85-M2 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • AMD A85X (Hudson D4)
  • APU (FM2 Socket)
  • DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Leslie G.
  • 9/19/2015 3:42:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsFM285M (CSM version)

Pros: slick as a whistle as my other Asus boards have been.
The CSM is virtually identical but has HDMI rather than Display port - no Com on back panel (internal port). 6 audio not 3.Otherwise identical chipset.
Mild stock oc on my 5800 from 3.8 to 4.3+ with 2x41866 GBXL.

Cons: none that I can think of. I should have considered the higher end 85PRO board with 16/ 4 and 2x1 pcie's.. instead of 16, 1, PCI.4 slots. Changed audio card possibility from PCI to an Asus DX pcie. Might add LP video later - gets cramped. Like for it to breathe. My problem.

Other Thoughts: Do your research before buying, dude. 5800 has HD7660D. graphics. Raid can be a problem to some..

On board sound lacks fidelity.. Even a low end sound card beats OB sound. Suggest either Asus or Creative. ~$30..

Build specs on Silverstone BL03 review.

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  • Adnaan B.
  • 7/1/2015 9:32:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSmall Office Use

Pros: This board comes with features such as a green LED light to indicate the boot drive is working properly and red LED if there is a problem. This mATX motherboard was a perfect fit in my company's eMachine that was built in 2000. Comes with 6 SATA III ports which I've used 3 of them for SSD, DVD, and HDD. The USB 3.0 ports are also a nice feature now that I recently bought a 16GB flash drive. Installed an AMD A6-6400K and no issues installing Windows 7 Ultimate.

Cons: The only con I have for this motherboard is that I doesn't come with a graphical user-interface for the BIOS. You can still change quite a few settings from your keyboard but I believe more features can be added if ASUS were to put a GUI BIOS. Some added features can include but limited to: CPU temperature, fan speed control, and a birds eye view of the motherboard and all the hardware connected. It's not a deal breaker, I just expected ASUS to include a GUI BIOS because my MSI A78M-E45 came with one.

Other Thoughts: low price to build a budget office computer and perfect size to fit in small cases made decades ago.

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  • Edward H.
  • 4/22/2015 6:00:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsoverall a real disappointment

Pros: It works - reasonable price. But other motherboards would have suited my needs better, had the documentation of features been more complete and much clearer.

Cons: Selected this mobo primarily for the on-board graphics and the on-board RAID features. ASUS has a download which shows the 4 Athlon "K" series [Trinity] processors as being compatible, but with no "mention" that this series of CPU's don't have the APU necessary to run the on-board GPU. The Richmond aka PileDriver Athon A-##### series have the APU needed for the on-board GPU. To me it was cheaper to buy a separate $45 video card than to purchase a different CPU for like $120 to get video working (the Trinity was already installed before I came to discover why there was no video output). Plus it gets the "heat of video processing" off the CPU die - this Trinity sees to throw off a lot more heat just idling than other builds I have done. [I use a test bench that I designed and hand-built {I sold a few to Mushkin in 2004 for their testing lab} for "building and testing" prior to installing it into a case. Makes it a lot easier to solve the usual configurations issues that arise when doing one-off builds. And it helps when trying to maintain a static-free environment for home builders.)

Once I got the video working (5 days had elapsed), then it took me 5 days to get the RAID working. It seems that the ASUS manual didn't provide a description for the "Onboard SATA RAID ROM" BIOS menu item which holds the "key" to turning on the ability to access that menu via <Ctrl + F> OR even mention that it was necessary to select Legacy ROM and of course no step-by-step instructions per usual with computers.

AMD support was no help as that don't support this older ATI feature (after buying out ATI, what 9 years ago?) or provide the information that their RAIDXpert Utility isn't even necessary to use the on-board RAID feature at a rudimentary level ; it merely "extends" the feature set..
And ASUS support was no help either! I had to spend 4 days "trolling" generic mobo support forums and glean information posted by users of other brand mobo's - when it dawned on me that many postings were about other AMD SB850 series (along with the 7## and 9## series, too) mobo's made by other manufacturer's had the same "issue" as I was having with not being able to "turn-on" RAID. Like 2x2 AND 2+2 both equal 4. Not specific to a "brand" but epidemic to the SB850 Chipset series

Next "build" will probably be an Intel-based CPU (or ARM) - it might be time to get over my bias against Intel from back in the days of the Pentium II series processors when I decided "the next one will be AMD based".

1st AMD build went smooth, 2nd AMD build needed a BIOS flash to get the 2nd DDR3 dual-channel module to be recognized along with another issue I discovered later, and this one is the 3rd in a row with am AMD processor.

And once I got the RAID working I came to realize its extreme limitations - and I hadn't yet gotten to installing a 2nd operating system to be able to dual-boot Win7 and Mint Linux on separate physical drives

Other Thoughts: As far as RAID goes, I'm probably going to resort to the Win7 version or "RAID" and just hope I don't ever need to recover a partition. I needed to "recover" twice in the past due to S.M.A.R.T. warnings of "imminent failure possible" of a hard drive, once with each Promise FastTrak RAID card I used in past builds - one with W2K and the other with WinXP.

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  • Jeremy T.
  • 3/8/2015 7:25:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Performs great, a nice upgrade for a low price.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: 1- 2 more pci slots would have been nice

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  • Celeste O.
  • 1/15/2015 5:01:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNever again

Pros: From the box, I really liked this motherboard. Gave me everything I was looking for and was quite satisfied at first until...

Cons: ...I tried to listen to music, watch movies, anything requiring sound. Horrible static noise that even affected the videos. Even with testing the sound through the speakers in the playback devices I could hear it. I tried using other speakers, hooking this up using the HDMI with my video card to the tv, moved it from one side of the room to another, disabled AND unistalled the onboard drivers, added a sound card, etc...with the same results.

I've been using this brand motherboards for a while and never ever had this kind of problem. I don't know if this is an isolated incident or what but I can't begin to describe my frustrations with this. Got on the phone with tech support at ASUS and I give kudos to the tech for trying to help me but the results are the same. I looked up online for help and saw a pattern that basically resulted in the same hair pulling aggrivation as I've experienced. I'm very, very disappointed, feel like I wasted my money, that's $90.00 I won't see again. Don't have the money to purchase a new board at this time or the money to send it back.

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