Gigabyte A75-UD4H FM1 Motherboard Preview

Author: SKYMTL
Date: June 18, 2011
Product Name: Gigabyte A75-UD4H
Warranty: 3 Years
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Before the release of any new platform, we usually get a sudden rush of motherboards being sent our way. The upcoming introduction and availability of AMD’s Lynx platform has been no different since motherboard manufacturers have been anxious to support what should be a highly appealing mainstream socket.

The Fusion architecture has been talked about for years now, but it has only been within the last few months that we’ve finally been able to see the fruits of AMD’s labor. This was accomplished through the introduction of Accelerated Processing Units, or APUs. An APU combines standard CPU cores with some high performance graphics capabilities for a better all-round computing experience.

The APUs available were the highly regarded Ontario and Zacate chips which formed the Brazos platform’s heart. These dwarf-sized processors were targeted towards entry-level consumers, small form factor PCs and lower-end notebooks / netbooks.

AMD’s next APU lineup was once again focused upon the mobile computing market and on June 14th the Llano architecture with the Sabine platform was launched. Unlike the Brazos platform, Sabine will be available on mid-range and slightly higher-end notebooks while still retaining excellent battery life. We’ll have more information in some upcoming notebook reviews rather than trying to glean performance from a test mule system.

The highest rung on the current APU ladder is the Lynx platform which consists of the A8, A6, A4 and E2 branded processors along with the A75 and A55 motherboards. This platform is being used as the Llano architecture’s gateway into the desktop market and it uses a new socket called FM1. Since there’s an embargo for the next few weeks, we can’t reveal much more at this point but let’s just say prices for the boards and their associated processors are very, very reasonable. Performance? Well, we’ll just have to see…

For the time being, we will be looking at Gigabyte’s first A75 motherboard: the A75-UD4H. At launch, this will be their most feature-rich FM1-based product but it should retail for under $120. What does that svelte price get you? Let’s take a look…

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