I think the first thing that needs to be covered here is the overclock we managed to achieve. As we've already said here today, mITX boards tend not to yield much in terms of overclocking, because the boards just aren't cooled as effectively as larger ones and they only have 4-Pin connectors for CPU instead of the normal 8-Pin we see on most boards.
Moving away from the overclock and onto the board itself, we've got a really good setup on offer. ASUS have managed to pack a lot onto the board and some of the features that really stand out include the integration of a Bluetooth header and the wireless networking which is made quite strong with two antennas included.
Moving onto the bundle, you've got the usual bits and pieces we're used to seeing along with the antennas we've just mentioned. The big stand out in the bundle is the remote, though, which is really strong as it not only offers those typical media buttons, but on the flip side you've got a whole QWERTY keyboard on offer which makes it just so much more helpful.
ASUS has just put together a really strong board and if you looked at the feature list and the bundle, you'd be surprised to find out it's all packed into a mITX offering. Combining the F1A75-I Deluxe with an A8-3850 and a HD 6670 which can be CrossFired against the on board GPU embedded in the APU, you end up with a really beasty system that is extremely small.
Thanks to the fact that you can also CrossFire that HD 6670 with the A8-3850 means that while the i7 / i5 platform may have more CPU headroom, as soon as you start to look at anything VGA dependent the A75 machine is just going to kill it. I think it's in these small mITX boards where we can really see the power of what the onboard GPU is able to do.
The only thing we don't know at the moment is the price of the board, but in typical ASUS fashion it's going to carry a slight premium over other boards. The question we need to answer, though, is the premium worth it? I'd say yes in a heartbeat! We've got a strong feature set, really good bundle and just a board that performs really well.
If you're interested in jumping on the A75 bandwagon, want something that's tiny and can pack quite the punch, the ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe is just an awesome board.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Motherboard]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard Continued]
- Page 4 [BIOS]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [USB 2.0 and 3.0 Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [SSD Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Memory Benchmarks]
- Page 11 [Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 12 [Temperature and Power]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]