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ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 (AMD A85X) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket FM2 in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 6:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: ASRock

Final Thoughts


I think the first thing we have to talk about before we go anywhere is the overclocking side of things. When it comes to the manual overclocking side, performance wasn't as strong as we had both hoped or expected. We thought we'd be closer to 4.5GHz mark that we saw on the GIGABYTE offering, but you can see today, we're about 200MHz shy of that number.


What's really nice, though, is this new X-Boost feature that ASRock has implemented into the FM2A85X Extreme6 motherboard. You can see at a click of a button we get straight to 4.2GHz and overall that gives us a nice little boost in performance. From an auto overclocking perspective it's probably one of the easiest we've used.


Moving away from overclocking performance and looking at the stock performance you can see that for the most part both A85X based motherboards we've tested so far at stock perform very similar to each other with little separating them across the board.


Outside of the performance side of things there's nothing too out of the ordinary when it comes to the package on a whole. Being a lower end / mid-range board there's not a whole lot to the bundle. Feature wise the board manages to stand out, though, with some good features in typical ASRock fashion with the bigger ones being the Gold CAPs and DigiPower setup. The one we really love, though, is the new X-Boost function.


At $107.99 the price of the ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 is towards the middle of the pack. The Extreme 4 comes in at $94.99 and the Micro-ATX version comes in slightly cheaper again at $89.99. Compared to the GIGABYTE offering we looked at this is slightly cheaper than the $129.99 F2A85X-UP4.


What really makes the FM2A85X Extreme6 for us is the X-Boost feature that makes overclocking extremely easy. While being skeptical that performance wouldn't change much from the default number since the 4.2GHz offered is just inline with the "Boost" speed of the A10-5800K, you can see thanks to the fact it's constantly at 4.2GHz and not just at it when not all cores are used, performance on a whole is improved.


If you're looking at jumping on the APU bandwagon and want a larger ATX board, this is a nice option. If you're interested in overclocking with out doing anything more than pressing a button or if you've never overclocked in the past, take a look at this motherboard.



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