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Features - Win an awesome self-build AMD APU bundle
My user review will be in a few parts over the next few weeks:
1.)Unboxing of the bits
2.)Some build pictures
4.)A few benchmarks and general usage impressions.
Right-Ho! Here it goes! Go-go! Gadget Review!
CAT's A6-3670K review of DOOM!!
Part One:Unboxing(also known as the unveiling of shiney)
The first part which we are looking at is the motherboard,the Asus F1A55-M. This based on the A55 chipset which lacks the native SATA3.0 and USB3.0 ports that the A75 based motherboards have.
The box is full of marketing buzzzzwords including a number of ECO-friendly ones,namely Protect 3.0 which is meant to be reduce power consumption.
This is further detailed in the back of the box which explains the ECO-bits more clearly and gives you a specifications list of the motherboard.
Upon opening the motherboard box,you get the following bits:
2.)A single SATA cable
4.)Driver disk and printed stuff
5.)An Asus case sticker
Now looking at the motherboard closely,I would say it looks lovely great considering it is a budget board. All solid capacitors and 6 right angled SATA 2.0 connectors are great additions for the price.
A closeup of the VRM section and motherboard socket. As you can see,the VRM is a 4+1 jobbie.
Moving over to the backplate,you can see a great amount of connectivity for a £50 motherboard.
DVI,VGA and HDMI outputs are included. Asus has also added USB3.0 support via a third party controller.
Looking underneath the motherboard,Asus has included a metal mounting plate for the heatsinks and not a cheaper plastic one which is great!
Now,lets move over to the APU. AMD supplied the A6-3670K which is the top level A6 APU.
Some pictures of the packaging indicating that this is a Black Edition CPU with a unlocked multiplier(yay!).
The additional bumpf indicates you can Crossfire the IGP for some more gaming goodness(double yay!).
None shall pass - apart from me!!
Opening up the box - we are greeted with the included bits.
Basically,one CPU,one cooler,one printed warranty sheet and an AMD case sticker. AMD gives you a three year warranty BTW.
A closer look at the cooler. It looks rather square.
The cooler is 5CM in height.
A few pictures of the supplied RAM. It is made by Patriot.