AMD A8-3850 + GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H Motherboard Review.

👤by James Clewer Comments 📅11-07-11

It's been a good couple of months for AMD. Their Brazos platform was genuinely impressive but I honestly feel that it is overshadowed by the Llano APU and their Lynx platform. The capability of this little APU is astonishing. The ability to run modern games at moderate settings and resolutions (and occasionally higher too!) is a true leap.

Of course raw computational power is useful (I'm looking at you Intel!) but without the graphical performance to match some aspects of functionality are rendered useless and the absolute perceived value of the product is reduced. With the E3850 you get an excellent balance of both which results in a massively satisfying experience without the need to add anything.

Price wise you are able to pick up this particular APU and board for just under 200 which seems perfectly reasonable to me. Ultimately the end user benefits from the simpler install and set up (thanks to the single APU chip and no need for a discrete GPU), they also benefit from more frugal power usage and benefit through that reasonable price which is certainly not much more than a similar motherboard, CPU and GPU bundle.

The excellent E3850 sat in the equally impressive Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H.

I've been immensely impressed by the features provided by both the APU and Gigabyte's excellent GA-A75M-UD2H. It is another great leap in home computing performance and convenience and hopefully paves the way for similar and better solutions in the future!

As a result of this excellent experience the Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H and AMD E3850 have successfully worked together to gain a Gold Award from Vortez!


+ Very impressive specification and performance
+ Quad core CPU
+ USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gbps support
+ Lower power usage compared to similar setup with discrete GPU
+ Inbuilt HD6550D GPU within APU
+ Fanless board design
+ Excellent board layout
+ Attractive design
+ Useful utilities
+ HDMI, Displayport and optical digital outputs
+ 3 Year Warranty for both board and APU
+ Reasonable cost


- Southbridge heatsink could perhaps be slightly more effective

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