ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 Review


Brand: ASRock
Model: FM2A85X Extreme6
RRP: £91.99 (At time of review)

Back in the summer of 2011, AMD released it’s first line of desktop APUs codenamed Llano to the world. At the time their on-board graphics performance was untouchable by Intel which allowed AMD to capture the budget PC market with a product that offered unbeatable graphics performance at it’s price point. AMD have since released their next generation APU codenamed Trinity, which offered mild improvements on both the CPU and the GPU fronts. This also saw the introduction of the Piledriver architecture on an APU, which meant that it was only a very minor upgrade over it’s predecessor. Trinity was later succeeded by Richland which offered an increased graphics performance and increased CPU performance through a clock speed boost.

Today I will be testing ASRocks top offering on the FM2 socket, the FM2A85X Extreme6. The board comes at a price tag of less than £100 and looks to offer the features found on many £100+ motherboards at a much more competitive price point.  It offers seven SATA 6Gbps ports, a wide range of expandability ports, upto 64GB of DDR3-2400MHz and many other features too. Will the board deliver or does it’s low price point suggest otherwise?

Before we get into testing, lets take a quick look at the specifications and the motherboard itself.

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