Test Configuration

AMD platform (FM2)

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85X / 2 x 2048MB Kingston HyperX DDR3-2400 (2GB) running XMP profile DDR3-2133 C11-13-11-30-2T
AMD A10-5800K at 3.8GHz Turbo 4.2GHz
Kingston SSDNOV V series 64GB
Windows 7 Ultimate
Virtu MVP test HIS Radeon HD7970 Graphics card

AMD platform (FM1)

ASRock A75 Extreme6 / 2 x 2048MB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1866 (2GB) running C7-8-7-20-1T
AMD A8-3850
Kingston SSDNOV V series 64GB
Windows 7 Ultimate
Virtu MVP test HIS Radeon HD7970 Graphics card

Intel platform (Z77)

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 / 2 x 2048 MB Kingston HyperX DDR3-2400 (2GB) running DDR3-2400 at C11-13-11-30-2T (XMP Profile 1)
BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 / 2 x 2048 MB Kingston HyperX DDR3-2400 (2GB) running DDR3-2133 at C10-12-10-1T
Intel Core i5 3570K at 3.4GHz
Kingston SSDNOW V Series 64GB
Windows 7 Ultimate

Benchmark Tests Run

Memory Benchmarks / Content Based

– SiSoft Sandra 2012 – Memory, Arithmetic, Multimedia and Transcoding
– Cinebench 11.5 Win64 – CPU and OpenGL

Graphics (1024×768)

– 3Dmark Vantage (E)
– Hawx Demo
– The Last Remnant
– Unigine Heaven Demo v2.1


4 thoughts on “Review of Biostar Hi-Fi A85X Socket FM2 Trinity motherboard with A10-5800K processor”
  1. AMDroid, u r right about the board, I thought i would also get a review on the Audio system,

  2. And the review didn’t touch on the Audio aspect??? That is one of the strengths of this board! The comparo is also invalid, it should be tested with Intel i3s and similar lower-end CPUs, not the more expensive i5s. Of course the more expensive platform would win, and those synthetic benchmarks mean nothing because most of them don’t reflect real-world performance in games and multi-threaded, highly optimized programs. Plus a lot of them are Intel-optimized since they mostly use Intel-compilers which naturally would benefit Intel CPUs more.

    I would like a more comprehensive review of the Audio system on this board since it is one of only two FM2 boards that use the high-end Realtek ALC898 audio chip (the other being the AsRock FM2A85X Extreme 6), most of the other boards use the low-end ALC892 or 888 audio chip. The ALC898 on this board has superior SNR for both output & inputs (109+ dB) and it should be evident in use.

  3. Definitively a nice looking mainboard, the CPU Vcore regulator looks sturdy and all in all it made a good impression to me 🙂
    And for relatively cheap price it offer competitive speed to Intel competitor at premium price. Socket FM2 show a good start!

  4. awesome!

    hope AMD did a good job so Intel will lower their CPU price.

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