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Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 Rev 3.0 Motherboard Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Motherboard Layout
  4. Components Overview
  5. CPU Cooler Layout
  6. BIOS Layout
  7. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  8. Futuremark Benchmarks
  9. Memory Benchmarks
  10. USB 3.0 Benchmark
  11. SATA III Performance Test
  12. LAN Performance Test
  13. Boot Load Test
  14. Conclusion
  15. Online Purchase Links


Before we get into the motherboard, I feel it’s important to help you guys to differentiate AMD’s chipsets. Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 was used to test the AMD A10 7800 APU, so I spent a good amount of time with this.

They are as follows, continuing from FM1 socket:

A55A75A78A85XA88X
Socket FM1/FM2/FM2+FM1/FM2FM2+FM2FM2+
PCI-e2.03.0
Lanes1 x161 x16/ 2 x81 x161 x16/2 x81 x16/2 x8
SATA6x SATA II6x SATA III6x SATA III8x SATA III8x SATA III
USB14x USB2.0
2x USB1.1
4x USB3.0
10x USB2.0
2x USB1.1
4x USB3.0
10x USB2.0
2x USB1.1
4x USB3.0
10x USB2.0
2x USB1.1
4x USB3.0
10x USB2.0
2x USB1.1

Other than the socket difference between the A85X and the A88X, the latter is the only FM2+ chipset at the time of writing that provides PCIe 3.0. FM2+ socket motherboards have backward compatibility with FM2, but there are some restrictions. Only the FM2+ processors provide PCIe 3.0 lanes for the A88X platform. It also should be noted that the chipset provides native support to up to 8 SATA III ports.

Chipset Area

Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 is an ATX form-factor motherboard, but unlike the Intel chipset based Gigabyte motherboards I tested earlier, the layout made a good impression. It reminded me of the good times when Gigabyte was well known with 780G/880G/890G/790FX/890FX was rolling out. Phenom II was a good processor and the combo was great.  Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 layout was awfully familiar. It should be noted that my days of putting up reviews started from Gigabyte motherboards.

It’s another part of the story that successor to AMD FX series is nowhere in sight. Phenom II days are long gone.

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