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ASUS F2A85-V PRO Motherboard Review


Closer Look:

Under the 'TPU' or TurboV Processing Unit program are a head spinning array of the most sophisticated programs and overclock utilities on the market. In a windows environment you can apply OC settings on the fly or hit a single button and let TurboV EVO find an overclock for you. A couple of years ago the version of TurboV auto tune that came with the Crosshair IV Formula did a brilliant job and took about 20 minutes and four restarts to find a stable overclock. The version here today found a stable and equivalent overclock in about 25 seconds. It really shows you how much work went into the programs and being able to find and adjust the algorithms the program works with.

When you open TurboV EVO you get the option to auto tune your OC with Asus 'Level Up'. Basically you choose a target frequency and TurboV adjusts different parameters and algorithms to reach the target clock. If you wouldn't dare use an auto tune program to get the frequency you want then manual mode is more to your liking. Here you get control over the reference clock and the unlocked multiplier. You can also adjust voltages for the memory, APU, NB, and SB. Under the GPU boost tab you can adjust the frequency of the on-die GPU. The APU multiplier tab lets you choose the cores you want to OC and features a real time animation to illustrate the settings you change.















Remote GO! is a program that link your mobile devices through an existing router or LAN cable to stream media from PC to DNLA devices. You also have the ability to access your PC from any of your wireless devices and to share file transfers.


ASUS TPU has a number of programs under the Tools tab that are designed for information and assistance in setting up your machine. ASUS Update will walk you through updating your BIOS in a number of different methods. You simply choose how you want to update and it will walk you through the update procedure. ASUS System information will give you a quick look at detailed info about your motherboard, CPU, and SPD (RAM installed, timings, etc.). ASUS MyLogo lets you choose a custom boot up splash screen. Just browse for the image you want displayed during boot and it will walk you through. This can be done from Tools in the BIOS as well. ASUS Settings is an assistance program for enabling the applications you want to enable. Click the corresponding boxes and go.




ASUS EPU is a 'green' program that works to reduce power consumption in a dynamic way. You can choose from three working scenarios: Auto, High Performance, and Maximum Power Savings. On the right is a lighted diagram of the components involved and there is a 'Reduced CO2 emissions' tracking gauge that displays how much you are reducing your "carbon footprint " by. Digi+Power control lets you set the CPU, CPU/NB, DRAM, and Load Line Calibration capacitance for overclocking. ASUS Fan Xpert 2 gives you complete control over the fan profiles of those that are plugged into the motherboard fan headers. You can use manual custom settings or create your own based your needs. A multicolor diagram gives you the location of the fans so you always know what fan you are setting a profile for.




ASUS Probe II is one of the most complete sensor reading programs for voltage, temperatures, and fans. You can select what you would like to monitor and set the threshold for each The voltage tab has a graph/log system that will let you see changes in system voltages as they occur and produce a real-time multi-line graph of the crucial voltages. The preferences tab lets you choose the temperature format and cycle detection update and update intervals.





ASUS Ai Charger when enabled will charge your devices that support BC 1.1** up to three times as fast as the normal standard. ASUS USB Charger will quick charge your USB devices with a USB 3.0 port. The GUI shows the USB port on the rear I/O panel that is highlighted with a green border to highlight the USB Charger+ so all you have to do is plug into the corresponding port for faster charging than the standard 4.5-5W standard. You can also choose the settings for charging under sleep or hibernate modes. ASUS USB 3.0 Boost boosts transfer speeds for USB storage devices automatically for devices that support it. ASUS claims that with the utilization of both UASP and BOT protocol, read performance is much closer to the rates seen with the use of SATA 6Gb/s ports or up to 170%. ASUS Network iControl optimizes your Internet connection and can prioritize your current network program.




Also supported but not seen here is 'ASUS Disk Unlocker' utility that allows booting to high density HDDs of 2.2TB+. Well that rounds out the ASUS TPU Ai Suite II. After using it for a good bit I found it to be the highest level of controllability and configurable software on the market. Kudos to ASUS for the options and polish of Ai Suite II.

On the next page is the BIOS for the A85-V PRO.

  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: ASUS F2A85-V PRO
  3. Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Specifications and Features
  6. Testing: Overclocking and Setup
  7. Testing PCMark 7
  8. Testing: HD Tune & AIDA 64
  9. Testing SiSoft Sandra & x.264, Handbrake
  10. Testing: ATTO
  11. Testing: Gaming
  12. Conclusion
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