Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
AMD's A85X based FM2 boards range from $69.99 to $139.99 with the ECS A85F2-A Golden coming in at $114.99, which is around the middle of the pack. This is a pretty strong price point for a motherboard, but we can't help but feel the latest FM2 platform isn't getting the love that it needs to be truly successful in the DIY market.
The A10-5800K is going to cost you slightly more than that coming in at $129.99. Some RAM, storage and a video card that you feel is adequate and you do have yourself a nice little PC that's capable of doing most things you'd expect at this price point.
This is a nice motherboard that offers everything you'd hope. Overclocking performs just as you'd expect with it lining up with our other A85X based motherboards. The whole golden theme looks great and for the money when compared against Intel offerings, this is a fantastic looking board for this price point.
The bundle is a little on the limited, but again due to the price the board comes in at, you can't expect a massive bundle. Like our other A85X boards that come in at a strong price point, we don't hold the smaller bundle against them too much.
When it comes to the features and build quality, ECS made a push for some good ones. The problem is that it doesn't seem to result in added performance or stronger overclocking. That doesn't mean the components aren't better than others, it's just that it can't really be measured in a way that we can show you.
As far as an FM2 based A85X boards goes, this is a nice motherboard. The price point is strong, performance is overall fairly good, except for SATA III performance that seemed a little low. The design of the board is nice and the gold accents make for an overall sexy looking product.
If you're looking for an FM2 based A85X motherboard it's probably not a bad option at all. The problem is we're not too sure how many people are looking for FM2 based A85X motherboards. I really do leave thinking about what I was told by a partner recently and what was mentioned in the introduction.
ECS has looked to put together a perfectly strong and capable motherboard. Components are awesome, out of the box the board was an absolute pleasure to deal with. The BIOS while not being the nightmare it used to be is far from a dream as well. If they improve in this area it really feels like ECS could become quite a strong competitor in the DIY retail sector. There's no denying they have great success in the OEM / ODM segment, but their DIY retail boards still need some perfecting.
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