As expected, Gigabyte announced that its lineup of FM2+ motherboards support the latest "Kaveri Refresh" A-Series APUs from AMD. Customers can now reap in the benefits of DirectX 12 and AMD's FreeSync technology, as well as Radeon Dual Graphics tech and AMD Eyefinity multi-display support.
More specifically, AMD's new APU is supported by Gigabyte's FM2+ socket A88X, A78, A68H and A58 chipset motherboards. This support is provided by way of freshly-baked firmware that can be downloaded from Gigabyte here. You can search for your motherboard by category, keyword, or by sifting through a long list.
AMD FreeSync aims to reduce or even eliminate frame stuttering and tearing in games and video playback. For this to work, customers need not only the AMD APU, but a monitor that supports AMD's new tech. Essentially, FreeSync matches the refresh rate of the monitor with the frame rates generated by the GPU. Ultimately, gamers should experience visuals that are as smooth as butter.
In addition to the FreeSync technology, Gigabyte also revealed that the motherboards will support the 64-bit version of Windows 10 when the platform launches later this summer. The exact release date of Microsoft's platform is unknown for now, but Microsoft indicated that Windows 10 will be the best platform for PC gaming yet.
AMD launched the "Kaveri Refresh" desktop APU on Thursday with the introduction of the AMD A10-7870K. This flagship processor includes four CPU compute cores, eight GPU compute cores, and support for both FreeSync and DirectX 12. AMD indicated that its new CPU will deliver a "best-in-class" experience for online gaming and eSports.
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anything hardware wise that's certified to run vista, win7 and win 8 will run windows 10 just fine . very little has changed with the hardware requirements between vista through 10.
I have the GA-F2A88X-UP4 and F6 has been available since 8/12/14
F7 just got released it is dated 4/2/15 but was not available when I downloaded F6
on 4/12/15 the page I just DLed from states that the F7 supports Godavari
I suppose Gigabyte just came up with F7 to annoy their customers.
The A10-7870K will boot up in current systems that support the A10-7850K but to get the new features you will need the need a BIOS update.
Running Windows 10 and supporting DX12, Freesync and VSR are not one in the same here.
From Tom's article;
"The new processor maintains use of the current A-series chipset support, and will post and boot to Windows out of the box. A new BIOS update is required to unlock FreeSync, DX12 and VSR capabilities which is available now."
A new driver also;
"A new driver released today brings cutting edge technology to the aging platform. With it comes support for both DirectX 12 and FreeSync."
An added bonus here at Tom's is all the vitriol from the Intel Fanbois who are dedicated to denigrating anything AMD does. The claims that DX12 will not be adopted in the same way all the other DX versions have been is especially amusing.
I can't understand the logic of the so-called Fanbois or Haters as they would also benefit fron non-monopolistic conduct and directly to their wallets!
Let's hope that in future AMD can pull it's socks up and compete a little better in order to reduce the large price margins Intel current squeezes from most punters... and their fans most of all.
ok but I was implying hardware in general as if he was worried about the current hardware will be able to officially support windows 10.