All of MSIs FM2 Motherboards Will Support Richland APUs

MSI has announced that all of its current FM2 motherboards support AMD's third generation APU processors. All that will be needed from users might be a BIOS update and perhaps a couple of new drivers. The OC Genie II features will still work on Richland APUs, just as they should. AMD's most powerful Richland APU, the A10-6800, features a boost clock speed of 4.4 GHz, an HD 8670D GPU, a TDP of 100 W, and is built on a 32 nm lithography process. The motherboards that are included, as well as the BIOS version required, are listed below:

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ModelChipsetBIOS Ver.
FM2-A85XA-G65AMD A85X2.0 above
FM2-A85XMA-P33AMD A85X2.0 above
FM2-A85XMA-E35AMD A85X2.0 above
FM2-A85XA-G43AMD A85XComing Soon
FM2-A75MA-P33AMD A752.0 above
FM2-A75MA-E35AMD A752.0 above
FM2-A55-G43AMD A55Coming Soon
FM2-A55M-P33AMD A552.0 above
FM2-A55M-E35AMD A552.0 above
FM2-A55M-E33AMD A552.0 above
FM2-A75IA-E53AMD A552.0 above

Do note, though, that once a motherboard has been updated to BIOS version 2.**, the change cannot be reversed to any V1.** version.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • Jose Navarro Vicente
    The thing is that I should download the new BIOS with other computer and make the update from the BIOS menu using, for example, an USB stick. Right?

    Oh, also I heard that A10-6800k will support 2400Mhz memory without any overclock. This applies to every Richland-Upgraded motherboard?
    Because, at the moment any MoBo I see shows that 2400Mhz 'native' support...

    I'm quite confused with those new Richland APU...
  • Amdlova
    thats good news... my next pc will be AMD APU because all the games still playing its MMO our dota stile. i dont need a big card anymore
  • Jose Navarro Vicente
    10964165 said:
    thats good news... my next pc will be AMD APU because all the games still playing its MMO our dota stile. i dont need a big card anymore

    Same here, I mainly play Dota2 at this moment and A10-6800k seems to be the best CPU out there for this task. Also still Quad-Core and will handle nicely Darktables, Gimp, Rawtherapee and those photography software out there. :)
  • vmem
    can we just have Kaveri please!
  • ddpruitt
    One area were AMD always wins over Intel is upgrades. I'm always glad I can drop at least 2 or 3 CPU generations in the same MB.
  • JohnnyLucky
    I've read about a dozen technical reviews of the new Richland APU's. Based on those reviews, it seems like waiting for the new Kaveri APU might be a better deal. They will be released later this year.

    The downside is that the Kaveri APU will require the purchase of a new motherboard. The socket is different.
  • shikamaru31789
    I think I'm going to wait and build a Kaveri rig instead.
  • HTDuro
    personally i got a 5800K with a vertex 3 ssd and 32GB of ram, its my pc to work my concert/event pics and i love it. fast quad core and despite what benchmark say its plenty enough to work in photoshop .. ok i can have a new I7 cpu but cost 3 time the price. ppl read too much benchmark. day to day, this cpu/apu is perfect. ok sometime i need more horsepower to run a game. this is why ill wait for kaveri and skip the 6800k .. not a big difference between both gen