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      10.02.2012 23:02
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      Asus the best motherboards you can buy the F1A55-V is no difference

      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.

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