Page 1:AMD's Answer To Ivy Bridge-Based Core i3
Page 2:ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6
Page 3:FM2A85X Extreme6 Firmware
Page 4:Asus F2A85-V Pro
Page 5:F2A85-V Pro Firmware
Page 6:ECS A85F2-A Golden
Page 7:A85F2-A Golden Firmware
Page 8:Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4
Page 9:F2A85X-UP4 Firmware
Page 10:MSI FM2-A85XA-G65
Page 11:FM2-A85XA-G65 Firmware
Page 12:Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT
Page 13:Pure Platinum A85XT Firmware
Page 14:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 15:Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
Page 16:Benchmark Results: F1 2012
Page 17:Benchmark Results: Skyrim
Page 18:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 19:Benchmark Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 20:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 21:Benchmark Results: File Compression
Page 22:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 24:Of Six Socket FM2 Boards, Two Rise To The Top
F2A85-V Pro Firmware
Asus Ai Tweaker remains familiar, without so much as a new theme to distract us from its navigational ease.
The company's D.O.C.P. mode reads our memory kit's DDR3-2666 XMP profile and, when enabled, attempts to achieve the target data rate.
Since AMD's integrated memory controller doesn't support the proper ratio, the F2A85-V Pro multiplied its DDR3-2133 ratio by a 125 MHz reference clock. Unable to boot at this high memory speed, we tried D.O.C.P. once more after restoring the APU's stock reference clock and increasing its memory ratio to 24x. Success!
The F2A85-V Pro’s combination of hardware and firmware optimization allowed our A10-5800K CPU to crest 4.5 GHz with no noticeable loss of stability, but some extra voltage would be needed to achieve that combination of frequency and stability. The motherboard’s 1.4375 V setting gave us around 1.42 V at idle, while its 1.625 V DRAM setting gave us around 1.65 V.
Our target core voltage of 1.45 V was only really needed at full load, and that was achieved by setting the board’s CPU Load Line Calibration to High. Other combinations of higher base voltage and less load line calibration produced less-precise results.
Other Digi+ Power Control settings worked adequately at motherboard defaults.
The main reason we like XMP support is for its automatic timings configuration. The F2A85-V Pro supports those automatic timings through Asus D.O.C.P. mode. We also discovered that the motherboard compensates for higher frequency multipliers with appropriately-looser secondary timing when set to manual mode.
- AMD's Answer To Ivy Bridge-Based Core i3
- ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6
- FM2A85X Extreme6 Firmware
- Asus F2A85-V Pro
- F2A85-V Pro Firmware
- ECS A85F2-A Golden
- A85F2-A Golden Firmware
- Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4
- F2A85X-UP4 Firmware
- MSI FM2-A85XA-G65
- FM2-A85XA-G65 Firmware
- Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT
- Pure Platinum A85XT Firmware
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: F1 2012
- Benchmark Results: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Of Six Socket FM2 Boards, Two Rise To The Top