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Foxconn A75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good board, Bad BIOS - Contact Tech Support ASAP. 07/18/2012

This review is from: Foxconn A75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Simple, compact board compatible with latest AMD chips. AMD Dual Graphics supported. 2x PCI slots for those who can't part with their old Sound Blasters and TV Tuners. 2x USB 3.0 for future peripherals. Onboard graphics (when paired with a good APU) are even reasonable. Well-rounded and fantastic for a budget build, with one caveat...

Cons: This board ships with a bad BIOS that will cause it to reboot completely at random; even while booting into Windows. This can cause drive corruption and completely bork your software. It can happen once a day, once an hour, heck, once it happened to me twice in a minute!

Contact Foxconn's tech support as soon as you receive this board for an updated BIOS. The support downloads site states that updating your BIOS voids your warranty, but when I contacted support, they explicitly stated that it wouldn't and even sent a link for how to make a bootable USB stick to update to the latest crash-free BIOS.

Also, it only has one PCI Ex x16 slot, so no SLI or Crossfire. There is a version of this board that has 2 x16s, though.

Other Thoughts: I did everything I could to find the cause of the reboots: removed hardware, popped my RAM one at a time, removed the sound card, video card, even removed an SSD I got just for this build and dropped it in my laptop whose drive was failing. It made me so nervous that the update might void the warranty that I was practically in denial. Finally, I grabbed the tech support link from another review here, described the problem to them, and asked for assurances that the warranty would not be void. They got back to me within 48 hours, were very courteous and even sent the BIOS file and the link to make the bootable drive in their support response system. Shipping with that crummy BIOS is the only reason this board didn't get 5 Eggs from me.

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XFX HD-667X-ZNFQ Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Built a new machine for gaming, specifically for Guild Wars 2. Went with this to take advantage of AMD Dual Graphics with a quad-core Llano proc. Works a treat. If you're working on a budget gaming rig, I highly recommend this card. More capable than my old 8800GTX at a quarter the size. And I still have my other expansion slots available!
Skyrim is playable at Ultra settings, runs smooth on High.

Cons: Not the highest-end part at the moment; don't expect Skyrim to run at 60 FPS on Ultra. But if you're looking at this card, you probably don't care enough to make such an inefficient game look hyper-real.
Fan can get a bit noisy at load, too.

Other Thoughts: Why spend $400 on some ridiculous OC'd video card when you can build a whole rig for less?

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Display Name: Clayton E.

Date Joined: 08/02/05

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  • Last Review: 07/18/12
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