Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

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Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

August 5, 2013 by Lawrence Lee

Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI
FM2 mini-ITX Motherboard
Street Price

If you're looking for a mini-ITX motherboard for an Intel Sandy or Ivy Bridge processor, there are a couple of dozen to choose from at a variety of different price points. If on the otherhand, you're interested in an AMD model, the selection is pitiful by comparison — just a handful. It's a bit puzzling why their mini-ITX adoption rate is so low, after all, mini-ITX is the form factor du jour for building home theater PCs and simple small boxes with a low environmental footprint, and Trinity/Richland APUs are well-suited for both.

Of the limited number of boards to choose from, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI is actually the current premium model, even though its street price is just US$110. I reviewed the GA-H77N-WIFI not long ago and its clear that the two products not only share much of the same DNA but seem to be effectively clones of one another, almost mirror reflections. The two are value packed with usual features like S/PDIF, gigabit ethernet, USB 3.0, and SATA 6 Gbps, but also dual HDMI connectors (no DisplayPort) and a mini PCI-E adapter providing both 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 support.

The biggest difference, aside from the socket type, is the H77N-WIFI uses a chipset that lacks overclocking capabilities, something that doesn't exist on the AMD side. The A85X chipset is AMD's flagship, comparable to Intel's more expensive Z77 chipset, and this gives the F2A85XN-WIFI some extra appeal to enthusiasts and the like.

The box.

Package contents.

Budget boards aren't typically loaded with extras and the F2A85XN-WIFI comes with almost the bare minimum. Included is a driver/utility disc, manuals, I/O shield, two SATA cables, and an external WiFi antennae. The antenna has a plastic exterior, is rotatable, and the base is magnetized to keep it in place. This is a nice step up from the wobbly rubber/plastic antennae included with the H77N-WIFI.

Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI: Specifications
(from the product web page)
APU FM2 Socket:
AMD A series processors
AMD Athlon™ series processors
(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)
Chipset AMD A85X
Memory 2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
* The maximum 64 GB of system memory can be supported using 16 GB (or above) memory modules. GIGABYTE will update the memory support list on the official website when the memory modules are available on the market.
Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR3 2400(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
Support for AMD Memory Profile (AMP)/Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
“Memory support is dependent on memory module compatibility and system OS”.
(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
Onboard Graphics APU with integrated AMD Radeon™ HD 8000/7000 series graphics:
* To use the onboard graphics ports, you must install an AMD APU with integrated graphics.
1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600
* Support for 2560x1600 resolution requires both a monitor and cable that support Dual Link DVI.
* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
2 x HDMI ports, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200
* Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
Support for DirectX 11
Maximum shared memory of 2 GB
Audio Realtek® ALC892 codec
High Definition Audio
Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN Realtek® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Wireless Communication module Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
Bluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
(The PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x mini-PCI Express slot for the wireless communication module
Multi-Graphics Technology Support for AMD Dual Graphics technology
* Only A series APUs support AMD Dual Graphics.
Storage Interface Chipset:
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD
USB Chipset:
Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x APU fan header
1 x system fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
1 x USB 2.0/1.1 header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x chassis intrusion header
Back Panel Connectors 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
2 x HDMI ports
1 x DVI-D port
2 x antenna connectors
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring System voltage detection
APU/System temperature detection
APU/System fan speed detection
APU/System fan speed control
* Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
BIOS 2 x 64 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a
Unique Features Support for @BIOS
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install
Support for EasyTune
* Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
Support for Smart Recovery 2
Support for ON/OFF Charge
Support for Wi-Fi Share
Support for Cloud Station
Bundle Software Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System Support for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
* Support for Windows 8/7 only when an APU with integrated AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 series graphics is installed.
Form Factor Mini-ITX Form Factor; 17.0cm x 17.0cm
Remark Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.

Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP SP1/SP2. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.

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