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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good value
Feature-rich for the price point.
Well laid out.
Great Warranty

Cons: There are a few things I wish the board had done differently, such as the entire UEFI layout, but...

My two big complaints are that the board shipped with a bios revision that didn't support Kaveri, and a complicated process to flash to a Kaveri capable bios (first time only at least- can't use @Bios or Q-flash going from F1 to F4 bios).

The other big issue is that the board died after a month and took the power supply with it.

That's the only real reason it loses an egg.

Note: It's been RMA'd and will either be repaired or replaced, which is why it doesn't lose any additional eggs. Gigabyte has one of the lowest-hassle warranty processes of any manufacturer.

Other Thoughts: While I realize it's wishful thinking at this price point and form-factor, at least one additional system fan header would be really nice.

The board died, and took a power supply with it... which is why it loses an egg.

I always want to give Gigabyte a chance, and always end up doing it on their first entry to a market (such as first version FM2+ boards).

My advice is to wait a revision or two and let them work the bugs out, because when they work, gigabyte motherboards are among the best.

Rosewill Hive-550, Hive Series 550W Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single +12V Rail, Intel 4th Gen CPU Ready, SLI & CrossFire Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very inexpensive
Supplied with flat cables
Provided steady, clean power.

Cons: Nitpicky since I knew it when I bought it, but I really wish the unit had fully modular cabling.

AMD A6-5400K Trinity Dual-Core 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W AD540KOKHJBOX Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7540D
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Comparatively very inexpensive.
Better integrated graphics than the most closely matched Intel competitor product.
AMD motherboards tend to be less expensive as well.
Good performance for a dual-core.
Great for a really basic Facebook and e-mail machine.

Cons: Runs surprisingly hot, even at idle (worse with stock cooler).
Not the greatest single-core performance.

Other Thoughts: This replaced an old budget build based around an AMD Athalon 64 X2. With only requisite updates (Ram, motherboard) it produced a system significantly faster than the one it replaced.


Jason B.'s Profile

Display Name: Jason B.

Date Joined: 01/23/05

  • Reviews: 37
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  • First Review: 01/07/06
  • Last Review: 01/15/14
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