The Asus F1A55-V is an ATX standard motherboard which will fit into most computer cases, to start with the motherboard itself isn't the best looking of components but seeing as you shut this in a case that doesn't particularly matter.
Well let's take a look at some of the technical specifications of the motherboard.
* AMD FM1 Socket.
* Supports up 64GB DDR 3 RAM.
* Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6000.
* Supports dual graphics cards using AMD crossfireX technology.
* 6 SATA ports.
* 2 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0 and HDMI socket.
This list could go on but I wanted to generalise, first of all this is one fantastic piece of equipment and something I am personally considering for my own home build. This has an FM1 socket which does provide many high end AMD processors. The board can support up to 64GB of RAM through 4 times 16GB sticks which aren't currently on the market but ASUS assure customers that they will upgrade their QVL when 16GB sticks come available.
What does impress me is the integrated Radeon HD 6000 graphics chipset, this will allow you to play some games at a good pace maybe not top end games but still this is pretty impressive for integrated. The board does have 2 PCI-E ports for graphics card upgrades; this will also allow you to use CrossfireX to use dual graphics cards boosting the power.
USB 3.0 ports located in the back of the motherboard, this can apparently transmit data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 so definitely worth it there. You still have your standard USB 2.0 so needn't worry about that, as for display ports you have a HDMI port and a DV-I port which are both becoming the standard for computer displays so no surprise there.
Asus like to install their motherboards with extra features which boost performance, this motherboard is no different it comes with ASUS TurboV which allows you to overclock your computer without rebooting which is a nice feature. Another tool here is MemOK! This apparently works to help your system boot successfully and much faster than it normally would. A failsafe on this board is the anti-surge protection that is installed on it; let's hope you never have to use that though eh.
Overall this is a really nice component to add to your computer, and you can pick this up for £60 which makes it a nice bargain and a great choice for a budget build.
ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for the rear panels - 2 USB 3.0 ports in total. Experience the latest Plug and Play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The F1A55-V affords greater convenience with high speed connectivity.
Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through a simple onboard switch or AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity!
Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time OC-now a reality with the ASUS TurboV. This easy OC tool allows you to overclock without exiting or rebooting the OS; and its user-friendly interface makes overclock with just a few clicks away. Moreover, the ASUS OC profiles in TurboV provides the best O.C. settings in different scenarios.
Exclusive to ASUS motherboards, its UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the first ever mouse-controlled graphical BIOS interface designed with dual selectable modes. It delivers a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient input with quick scrolling. Users can easily navigate the UEFI BIOS with the smoothness of their operating system. Quick and simple overclocking and setup sharing is facilitated by the F12 hotkey BIOS snapshot feature. The exclusive EZ mode displays frequently-accessed setup info, while the advanced mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand far more intricate system control, including detailed DRAM information.
|Product Description:||ASUS F1A55-V - motherboard - ATX - Socket FM1 - AMD A55|
|Product Type:||Motherboard - ATX|
|Chipset Type:||AMD A55|
|Processor Socket:||1 x Socket FM1|
|Compatible Processors:||A8 series, A series, E2 series|
|RAM Installed:||0 MB|
|Max RAM Size:||64 GB|
|RAM Supported:||4 DIMM slots - DDR3 , non-ECC , unbuffered|
|Storage Ports:||6 x SATA-300 (RAID)|
|USB / FireWire Ports:||2 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0 + ( 6 x USB 2.0 via headers )|
|Audio:||HD Audio (8-channel)|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||3 years warranty|