- By Shi Xiao Min @Jul 12, 2013
APU,FCH and Graphics features
AMD® A-series Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series Graphics
This motherboard supports AMD® A-series Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series Graphics. This revolutionary APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) combines processing power and advanced DirectX 11 graphics in one small, energy-efficient design to enable accelerated performance and an industry-leading visual experience. It features Dual-channel DDR3 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5GT/s.
AMD® A85X FCH(Hudson D4)
AMD® A85X FCH (Hudson D4) is designed to support up to 5GT/s interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 x 16 graphics. It natively supports 8 x SATA6Gb/s ports and 4 x USB 3.0 Ports.
Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!
Flexible Multi-GPU solutions, Your Weapon of Choice! F2A85-M PRO brings you the multi-GPU choice of CrossFireX™. Expect a brand-new gaming style you’ve never experienced before!
Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM
Digital Power Design: The New Standard The world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors from ASUS pioneered the use of two onboard chips - EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and TPU (TurboV Processing Unit). New generation Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM digital power design launch control into a new era. The digital architecture delivers twice the precision power, intelligently adjusting PWM voltage and frequency modulation with minimal power loss through BIOS tuning and an exclusive user interface to increase the board’s overclocking range while performance reaches its full potential. It also adjusts VRM frequencies dynamically, cutting radiation interference by half and decreasing Vcore power noise for CPU to enhance system stability through enabling VRM spread spectrum. ASUS DIGI+ VRM digital power design empowers users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized performance, extreme system stability and greater power efficiency.
Unleash your performance with ASUS’ simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. ASUS Auto tuning feature can intelligently optimize the system for fast, yet stable clock speeds, and the TurboV gives you the freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios to optimize performance under varied system conditions.
Tap into the world’s first real time PC power saving engine through a simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. Get total system power savings by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity.
Easy, Real-Time O.C. Tunings Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time OC-now a reality with the ASUS TurboV. This easy OC tool allows you to overclock without exiting or rebooting the OS; and its user-friendly interface makes overclock with just a few clicks away. Moreover, the ASUS OC profiles in TurboV provides the best O.C. settings in different scenarios.
Auto Tuning is an intelligent tool that automates overclocking to achieve a total system level up. This tool also provides stability testing. Even O.C. beginners can achieve extreme yet stable overclocking results with Auto Tuning!
Latest Transfer Technology
Complete USB 3.0 Integration
Double USB Access, Double Convenience ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panels - 6 USB 3.0 ports in total. Experience the latest plug & play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The F2A85-M PRO affords greater convenience with high speed connectivity.
Native SATA 6Gb/s Support
The AMD® A85 FCH natively supports next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6.0 Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems
ASUS Exclusive Features
ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.
ASUS Exclusive Interface
EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info. Users can choose system performance settings and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.
New Upgrade! Quick and Easy Info for Enhanced System Control
F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey for sharing UEFI setup info and troubleshooting
New F3 Shortcut for most accessed info
ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) Information for accessing memory info, detecting faulty DIMMs and helping with difficult POST situations
USB BIOS Flashback
Simple Plug & Press - Hardware-based BIOS Flashback A truly revolutionary hardware-based update solution. USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way ever to update the BIOS! It allows users to update new UEFI BIOS versions even without hardware such as a CPU or DRAM installed into the motherboard. Just plug in a USB flash drive containing the BIOS file, and press the BIOS Flashback button for 3 seconds with the power supply connected. The UEFI BIOS will then automatically update without requiring further interaction. With its new, complementary Windows application, users can regularly check for UEFI BIOS update s and download the latest BIOS automatically. Hassle-free updating for the ultimate convenience!
* The image beside is for reference. Please see the BIOS Flashback button on the motherboard for actual appearance.
Real-time Network Bandwidth Control With a single-click on/off button, the application currently in use has its data and network bandwidth prioritized over other programs. Moreover, you can prioritize your favorite software easily by configuring profiles through the intuitive user interface. Within the profile, programs can be pre-scheduled to run in a specific time period to avoid network congestion and long-waits on downloads. Auto PPPoE network connection provides a one-step setup for enhanced online convenience. Overall, it's an intuitive network bandwidth control center.
One-stop PC Remote Control and Home Entertainment Remote GO! links PCs, tablets, smartphones and TVs wirelessly together through an existing LAN cable and router setup. It allows users to stream multimedia content from PC to DLNA devices, access their computer anywhere using their mobile device at home, while also allowing easy file transfers between your computer and mobile device. It provides seamless environment for a futuristic connected lifestyle with three useful functions: DLNA Media Hub, Remote Desktop and File Transfer.
DLNA Media Hub: Enjoy HD video, music and photos stored in the PC streaming to your DLNA devices via Wi-Fi connectivity. You can even control the PC to play multimedia on a TV with a tablet. It’s the perfect match for creating your own home theater!
Remote Desktop: Operate and control your PC in real-time from a smartphone or tablet for complete comfort. This function brings notebook-like convenience, by creating a virtual remote desktop, offering portable access to your data in desktop with a smartphone or tablet.
File Transfer: Send and share files between your PC and smart devices* with only a right click on the mouse. *iPad/iPhone can send, but not receive files from the PC
Set up Your Home PC with Remote GO! 1.Wi-Fi environment setup - use an existing LAN cable and router setup to connect PC and smart devices on the same home network 2.Install Remote GO! software on your PC 3.Download Wi-Fi GO! Remote to your smart devices (Supported Systems: iOS 4.2 or later & Android 2.3 or later) 4.Setup complete - get three useful free apps with ASUS Remote GO!
USB 3.0 Boost
Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
AI Suite II
One-stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speed, voltage, and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
3X Faster Charging for All Smart Devices With a dedicated onboard controller, quick-charge all your smart devices such as iProducts. smartphones, tablets and more, all up to 3X faster, even when the PC is powered off, in sleep or hibernation modes.
ASUS EZ DIY
C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
The BIOS C.P.R. feature automatically restores the CPU default settings when the system hangs due to overclocking failure. C.P.R. eliminates the need to open the system chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply shut down and reboot the system, and the BIOS automatically restores the CPU parameters to their default settings.
Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.
CrashFree BIOS 3
Simply restore corrupted BIOS data from USB flash disk The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.
DIY Quickly, DIY Easily! ASUS Q-Design enhances your DIY experience. All of Q-LED, Q-Slot and Q-DIMM design speed up and simplify the DIY process!
F2A85-M PRO Product Overview
GreenASUS and ErP Ready
The motherboard is European Union´s Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, and ErP requires products to meet certain energy efficiency requirements in regards to energy consumptions. This is in line with ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy-efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce carbon footprint of the product and thus mitigate environmental impacts.
- by Shi Xiao Min @Jul 12, 2013
AMD Socket FM2 Athlon™/A- Series Processors Supports CPU up to 4 cores Supports AMD® Turbo Core 3.0 Technology
AMD A85X FCH(Hudson D4)
4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2250(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866/1600 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory Dual Channel Memory Architecture Support AMD Memory Profile (AMP) memory * The Max. 64GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 16GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market. * Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists). * Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Install a 64-bit Windows® OS when you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard.
Integrated AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series Graphics in A-series APU Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB ports - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz - Supports DVI with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz - Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 1600 @ 60 Hz Maximum shared memory of 2048 MB AMD® Dual Graphics technology support *1 Supports DirectX 11
Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16/x4) 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 1 x PCI
AMD A85X FCH(Hudson D4) chipset : 7 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD
Realtek® 8111F, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Realtek® ALC887 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
AMD A85X FCH(Hudson D4) chipset : 4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board) AMD A85X FCH(Hudson D4) chipset : 10 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 6 at mid-board)
Overclocking Protection : - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
ASUS EPU : - EPU ASUS Digital Power Design : - Industry leading Digital 4 +2 Phase Power Design - CPU Power Utility TurboV GPU Boost ASUS Exclusive Features : - Remote GO! - MemOK! - AI Suite II - Ai Charger - Anti-Surge - ESD Guards - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface - Network iControl - USB 3.0 Boost - Disk Unlocker ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution : - Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution - ASUS Fan Xpert ASUS EZ DIY : - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 - ASUS EZ Flash 2 - ASUS MyLogo 2 100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s) 1 x DVI 1 x D-Sub 1 x HDMI 1 x eSATA 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s) 2 x USB 3.0 4 x USB 2.0 1 x Optical S/PDIF out 6 x Audio jack(s)
Internal I/O Ports
1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin) 3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s) 1 x TPM connector(s) 1 x COM port(s) connector(s) 7 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s) 1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin) 1 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin) 1 x Power Fan connector(s) (3 -pin) 1 x S/PDIF out header(s) 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s) 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s) 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP) 1 x System panel(s) 1 x MemOK! button(s) 1 x GPU Boost switch(es)
User's manual I/O Shield 2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, F12 PrintScreen Function, F3 Shortcut Function and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
Drivers, ASUS utilities, ASUS update , Anti-virus software (OEM version)
uATX Form Factor 9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )
*1 Refer to http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/dual-graphics/Pages/dual-graphics.aspx#3 for the discrete GPUs which support Dual Graphics technology
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Current software that monitors voltages are either off or the processor jumps to 1.9v at the core. Either way, the bios readings are more believable. Lots of SATA ports for a HTPC build and it runs cool. The VRMs are sufficiently cooled.
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