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Item#: N82E16813138366

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD A85X (Hudson D4)
  • APU (FM2 Socket)
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2133(OC)
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Based on AMD A85X Chipset, the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W motherboard supports the state-of-the-art Socket FM2 APU which brings your dual- or quad-core processing and discrete-class graphics performance in a single chip (Not all APUs feature integrated graphics). This motherboard is oriented and optimized for high quality sound reproduction on computer platform. The combination of high quality components, first class specifications and industry-leading design contributes to amazing sound with higher SNR, more details and less distortion. 100% X.D.C solid capacitors promise better stability and durability you can count on even in demanding conditions. Complete with USB 3.0 and SATA III technology, you entire system performance would enter a new level like never before.



 

  • newegg Hi-Fi Oriented Motherboard An array of Hi-Fi design such as Hi-Fi Power, Hi-Fi Ground, Hi-Fi 192/24, Hi-Fi AMP, Hi-Fi Resistor and Hi-Fi Cap enables first class sound reproduction bringing your movies, music and games to a new level of realism like you have never experience before.
  • newegg Smart Ear Smart EAR is a windows-based audio utility which allows you to easily adjust system volume. With its user-friendly GUI, you can also increase or decrease impedance setting (Low/High Gain) to optimize your headphone performance. You can easily enjoy high-quality and awesome sound.
  • newegg High Quality ESD BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards provide high quality ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) solution for its front I/O panel. This function prevents static electricity and reduces the damage to the motherboards when you are plugging or unplugging your headphone.
  • newegg 100% Solid Caps With armor-plated Biostar Technology, all capacitors are placed with 100% solid capacitors that have a lasting life cycle, durability and stability for crucial components.
  • newegg BIO-Remote 2 BIO-Remote2 Technology helps users build a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android mobile or Apple goods are able to access and control your PC remotely; At this moment, your smart device became an intelligent and functional remote controller; more than that, BIO-Remote2 also includes both function of mouse pad and power point presentation mode.
  • newegg T-Overclocker T-overclocker presents a simple Windows-based system performance enhancement and utility management. It features several powerful yet easy to use tools such as overclocking for system performance enhancement, CPU and memory special enhancement, a smart-fan control for managing fan speed control of both CPU cooling fan, north-bridge chipset cooling fan, PC health for monitoring system status, and pre-set OC modes for easy OC.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jules L.
  • 6/16/2014 7:57:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Board

Pros: So far, it seems solid and reliable.

Cons: Box was open and the SPDIF header was missing. Since this is considered a high-end HTPC MB, it's should have been in the box.

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  • Philippe R.
  • 6/5/2014 5:07:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for unRAID server with Plex

Pros: Works flawlessly for my Plex unRAID server for 2 months now with a AMD A8-5500. It features 8 SATA 6GB/s ports. I am using all of them!
As always, no problem, no drama, nothing much to say...

Cons: None so far.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/3/2014 9:46:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent value for cost

Pros: Great price, nice layout. Tons of features in bios. Even though the memory didn't auto-configure right it had all the necessary options to configure the memory profiles :)

Cons: Didn't want to configure for memory standards, had to load the memory profile then downvolt to 1.5, was overvolting to 1.6 causing it to be unstable.

I won't take an egg off just for having to be a little computer literate to operate this board :P

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  • Bradley G.
  • 5/14/2014 9:09:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBiostar Hi-Fi A85W FM2

Pros: NO PROS WHEN I DOESN'T WORK

Cons: THE MOTHERBOARD HAS BEEN SHIPPED WITH THE INCORRECT BIOS INSTALLED ON IT. WHEN I GO INTO THE BIOS ON THE INFORMATION SCREEN IT IDENTIFY ITS SELF AS A "A85S3"MOTHERBOARD WHICH IS ANOTHER FM2 BIOSTAR BOARD THEY PRODUCE. I WENT TO THE BIOSTAR WEBSIGHT AND DID SOME LOOKING AROUND ON THERE AND FOUND OUT THAT THEY HAVE INSTALLED WRONG BIOS. THE BIOS FLASHER UTILITY WONT LET ME INSTALL THE CORRECT BIOS BECAUSE IT THINKS ITS THE WRONG BIOS, DOESNT MATCH THE BIOS THAT IS INSTALLED.

Other Thoughts: I EMAILED SUPPORT AND THE ASK THEM IF THEIRS ANY WAY TO FIX IT. AND I GOT AN EMAIL BACK SAYING THIS WASN'T A KNOW ISSUE WITH THIS BOARD. I THINK THIS IS A NICE WAY OF SAYING YOUR WRONG OR DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT,

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  • Shon O.
  • 4/24/2014 12:47:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad product

Pros: great feature set touted in the product description, very clean design.

Cons: This version is junk, nothing good about it. ordered 2 of these, the first one gave 8 beeps indicating video memory error, no post codes, Second one gave 8 beeps and posted a code of d6 which isn't even in the manual. Tried swapping RAM with 2 different known good sets, nothing, swapped power supply, nothing, cleared CMOS, nothing.
Attractive price for the feature set, but this board will just cost you time and money that you will never get back.

Other Thoughts: I've had fairly good luck with Biostar products in the past, but this has definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. Think I will be steering clear of their products for little while until they get their quality control system back in check.

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry to hear of your troubles, however based on your symptom reported issue it sounds like you may be using a AMD cpu with no APU/Graphics support. You will need to use a AMD APU processor that has graphics support to be able to utilize the onboard display ports or add a graphics card. Please note, even though the motherboard has the display ports the graphics support is not on the motherboard but on the AMD processor, not all AMD processors have built in graphics capabilities. If you have any questions please feels free to contact Biostar support@biostar-usa.com or call 626-581-1055 menu 2

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  • Man Y.
  • 4/20/2014 6:25:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsbudget Mobo

Pros: - High features
- low price
- potential for upgrades

Cons: - the worries that comes with using such a low priced mobo with mixed reviews. (but so far so good)
- second pci-e only at x4 speed.

Other Thoughts: I didn't get this one on newegg, but I got everything else on newegg.

my build:
Athon x4 760k (my verified owner review on this item on newegg)
a85w mobo
xfx r7 260x
8 gb ram 1866
500 gb hdd
rosewell challenger case (my verified owner review on this item on newegg)

this mobo was my second option but I found it on clearance so had to get it.

working great so far

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  • John M.
  • 4/17/2014 5:00:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMemory slots died

Pros: Low price. features.

Cons: Third & fourth dim slots died. RMA approved. But once burned stay away from fire. Replaced board with Asus F2A85-V. So far, so good.

Other Thoughts: This is a follow up to previous review.

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  • Gerald T.
  • 4/11/2014 4:29:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBIOSTAR|HI-FI A85W

Pros: The BIOSTAR|HI-FI A85W A85 FM2 R is a quality mainboard with solid state capacitors. It went together and fired up without a hitch the day it arrived. It is ideal with the combined CPU/GPU, an HDMI port and a PCI slot (for a satellite tuner card) as a media computer. It is ideal for the 10-50Mb tv video rates from satellite feeds and compared to FTA set top boxes it is a powerful dude. My prior 2 core AMD Athlon 64 X2 5800+ on a Gigabyte mb was often pushed above 90% cpu usage while the inexpensive 4 core AMD A8-5600K Trinity on this board runs at less than 20% cpu usage. A pair of (Biostar unlisted) 1866Mhz Gskill 2Gig slices of memory was sufficient along with a left over 60Gig OZ SSD.

Cons: None really.

Other Thoughts: This board was a pleasant surprises in how much technology has advanced, especially considering its price. In fact, it was a real steal at $57, but if you are not aware of what APU and FM2 are all about do your homework first. The Newegg 30 days is far more than necessary to verify any board’s acceptability.

It is not for serious gaming without a high end video card, which would ignore its most practical use. When sending audio over HDMI to the TV don’t expect it to be present on your monitor speakers or on S/PDIF. My previous AMD based Gigabyte mb setup had the same limitation.

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  • Kevin F.
  • 4/7/2014 11:28:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Everything works nicely, looks great and am happy there is a board with AUDIO in mind instead of video. Has HDMI out so everything is perfect for this guy.

Cons: none

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  • Glenn S.
  • 3/29/2014 10:50:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLasted 4 months

Pros: Good price for the features

Cons: Lasted 4 months

Other Thoughts: Bought it for $80 and now I see it for $60. No wounder, it only lasted 4 months. The USB front connections smoked and filled the house with a smell that made us sick. Will see if Biostar gives me a rebate or not.

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