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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XN-WIFI FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works.

In an attempt to help others deal with this board, please see below for instructions (which shouldn't be needed in the first place)

Cons: As others have stated, the board won't boot with a new Kaveri processor.

I had to spend the extra $50 to get my hands on a A4-4000 Richland and even then, updating the bios wasn't super easy.

Downloading the most recent BIOS file from Gigabyte's website requires you to place the BIOS on a FAT32 formatted flash drive which is common practice. However, it is not until you attempt to perform this update that you get an error that says, "file size incorrect".

After doing some Googling, if found out that the error appears because the @Bios Qflash utility requires an update in order to accept the new bios.

The current bios update/flash utility was dated September 2013 and in order for the motherboard to accept the newer January "F3" bios, I had to download the newest @BIOS flash utility dated October 2013.

I proceeded to download the file off Gigabytes website, placed it on a fat32 flash drive and entered the bios to find out that it is not a format that the bios recognizes. Puzzled and somewhat frustrated at this point, I did some further research to find that I would need to have a Windows operating system installed in order to perform this update.

....or would I?

Searching around the net, I found quite a few fellow Gigabyte users that have run into this issue on other Gigabyte boards that have found a crafty workaround. Using a second computer, I had to create an MS-DOS Bootable Flash Drive (handle tool to have) and then place the extracted contents of the @BIOS file onto the flash drive overwriting the MS-DOS "autoexec.bat" file so that when I set the motherboards primary boot device to that Flash drive, it would automatically start to perform the proper updater....and it did so, successfully.

Once that was complete, I had to place the F3 bios back on the thumb drive and use the Qflash utility in bios to perform the bios update.

After roughly 2 hours of fumbling around, I was finally able to seat my A10 and install Linux without a hitch.

I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't have a secondary computer handy. This process is extremely inferior in comparison to Asus' bios flash utility, hopefully Gigabyte will improve this process.

Other Thoughts: I chose this board over the ASRock A88X ITX board because:
- Native 802.11ac support.
- Heatsink over the VRMs
- No awkwardly placed chips behind the motherboard socket.
- ASRock lacks USB3.0 support until after bios update.
- ASRock lacks manual overclocking features.

SteelSeries 7G Keyboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 3 years and many lans later, still going strong. 10/17/2013

This review is from: SteelSeries 7G Keyboard

Pros: Extremely durable and able to tackle crumbs with each.

I take the keyboard to lan parties and it has withstood the many drops and slams during transport without issue.

Cons: The sleeving that is used collects dust and fuzzies.

EVGA 04G-P4-2699-K2 GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Absolutely amazing performance. Easily 4-5 times the framerate of my heavily overclocked Sapphire Toxic 6970.
The GTX690 overclocked an additional 150clock/350mem with ease and temps never go above 42c (dual 280MM radiator loop). The EVGA LED controller is supported, favorite being the breathing light option.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I use an Overlord Tempest X270OC 2560x1440 S-IPS display @ 120Hz. Getting this card was essential to hitting 120FPS with high settings in many of my favorite games.

Like the Nvidia Titan, getting this card to play on a 1080p display would be a complete disservice.


Drew D.'s Profile

Display Name: Drew D.

Date Joined: 04/01/04

  • Reviews: 23
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  • First Review: 04/06/04
  • Last Review: 01/23/14
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