Event Coverage

Event: From Technical to Musical – ASUS' Double Event at M Café

By Lionell Go Macahilig - 1 Oct 2011

New AMD Motherboards

New AMD Motherboards

 

ASUS F1A75 Series

ASUS forecasts that motherboards based on the A75 chipset will ramp up and eventually replace the much older AM2 Athlon-based platforms. Sensibly, this turn of events calls for the timely release of their F1A75 Series which come in three models, namely the F1A75-M PRO, F1A75-V EVO, and the F1A75-M LE. One strong selling point of the new boards is energy efficiency via the EPU which is one of the two intelligent processors in ASUS’ Digi+VRM technology. The other processor is TPU which, coupled with auto-tuning software, makes overclocking simple even for first-time users.

A75-based motherboards, like the F1A75-M PRO, boasts their graphics prowess brought about by the integration of AMD Radeon HD 6000 graphics.

Part of the inherent characteristics of the A75 chipset, ASUS F1A75 motherboards make use of Socket FM1, integrates Radeon HD 6000 series graphics with DirectX 11 support, has up to four USB 3.0 ports and six SATA 6Gbps connectors with RAID 0, 1, and 10 support. On the graphics aspect, Radeon HD 6000 graphics can deliver up to 760% better performance than DirectX 10-based graphics. Users can gain an additional 128.9% boost once Dual Graphics technology is enabled.

Featured in this setup is the F1A75-V PRO, however, it will not be marketed locally.

Price-wise, the F1A75-M PRO is priced at PhP 5,990, whereas the F1A75-V EVO is on offer at PhP 6,990. The mATX-sized F1A75-M LE is the cheapest among the three at PhP 5,590.

ASUS Crosshair Formula V

With the new AMD Bulldozer processors coming to penetrate the local market, another opportune offering from ASUS’ camp are the 990FX-based motherboards, heralded by the Crosshair Formula V. A gaming platform, the Crosshair Formula V incorporates Intel’s Gigabit Technology which a gamer can use to arrange installed games and even websites according to bandwidth priority. Theoretically, this will result in lag-less gaming or browsing experience. For audio, the Formula V integrates a SupremeFX X-Fi 2 chip.

 

We've already seen Bulldozer-ready motherboards in past months, but this is the first time that we personally saw ASUS' top-dog AMD offering under its ROG lineup.

Another upcoming implementation of the Crosshair Formula V will be bundled with Xonar’s Thunderbolt combo card. This card combines a network processing unit (Bigfoot Network’s Killer E2100) and an audio processing unit (SupremeFX X-Fi 2) on a single PCB. The use of this card on the Crosshair Formula V aims to make audio and network bandwidth work simultaneously to enhance one’s gaming experience. The Thunderbolt is clad in an enclosure that is resistant against interferences, while its innards are separated by means of partitions.

Shown here is an actual Crosshair V Formula running. We were allowed to run benchmarks during the event, but numbers should be kept at the moment due to NDA.

The Crosshair Formula V costs PhP 14,990, but its version topped with the Thunderbolt combo card could go up to PhP 17,000 to PhP 18,000.