ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 FM2 Motherboard

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It’s nice to see that someone cared enough to build an enthusiast-grade motherboard for those sitting on a budget. ASRock has provided all the ins and outs of a very solid overclocking motherboard for the budget-minded AMD APU processors. The Extreme6 not only provide for good overclocking with its stable 8+2 phase power configuration but has all the extras as well. We are talking numerous USB 3.0 and SATA III ports along with support for CrossFire, and even TriFire setups (albeit with the third card limited to PCIe x4).

Not only does the board have nice features, it looks great inside the case and on top of that is rather well laid out. In today's market, you not only have to perform well, but also look good doing it. The FM2A85X Extreme6 shares the same basic visuals of ASRock’s other higher-end motherboards. There is plenty of space between the PCIe slots for video cards, and if the user decides to use a dedicated audio solution then there is an x1 slot that will remain open even in CrossFire configurations. In the end we are talking good air flow between the cards.

The only thing I saw out of place was the CLR CMOS jumpers on the board itself. They are place just along the second PCIe slot making it difficult to get to should you need, but on the flip side, ASRock have provided you with the rear-mounted button on the I/O panel. The onboard power and reset buttons are great for use by open-air benchers.

At $100 this motherboard when mated with any of the Trinity APUs is one heck of a deal. We do prefer the A10-5800K for it's unlocked multiplier, but also for the higher Turbo frequency and GPU clocks. However, for about $20 less you can pick up it's quad-core sibling, the A8-5600K, still get a great overclocking experience.


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