ASUS F2A85-V Pro
ASUS sent us their F2A85-V Pro, which is available for an average of £114. Along with the Socket FM2 processor sock and the four DDR3 memory slots, the F2A85-V Pro has three PCI-Express x16 slots (16/0/4 or 8/8/4), two PCI-Express x1 and two PCI. Out of the eight SATA600 ports, seven are internal and the eighth serves as eSATA. Two out of the four USB 3.0 ports are external. An extra ASMedia controller adds two more external USB 3.0 ports, bringing the total to six. You also have 10 USB 2.0 ports.
Like its competitors, ASUS used a Realtek ALC892 audio codec. The single Gigabit LAN port is provided by a Realtek RTL8111F controller. The board has four monitor connectors: VGA, DVI, HDMI en DisplayPort. This is also the same as the other two motherboards.
You get five PWM fan connectors. The CPU power supply has eight phases, again the same as the other boards. ASUS gives overclockers the most freedom, as you can raise the CPU voltage to 1.9 V, the memory voltage to 2 V and the chipset voltage to 1.75 V. The BIOS also has the most overclocking options, but Gigabyte and MSI are not far behind.
The ASUS board does not have a lot of extra features. You don't get any on-board buttons, voltage measuring points or HEX display. There is a MemOK button which is supposed to solve issues with RAM.
The performance of this board is in line with the two others. The idle power consumption is higher than that of the competition, and in 3DMark Vantage ASUS also is the most power-hungry, even if not by much. On the other hand, the maximum usage is very low during Cinebench.