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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Foxconn A75A review

2. Package, PCB

The Foxconn A75A motherboard is available online at the price range of $100~130. The board's package has the typical Foxconn Design with some sticker at the bottom left indicating the product's features.

 

The package includes just the essentials:

  1. The motherboard itself
  2. 2x SATA Cable
  3. CD containing Drivers, Antivirus and other software
  4. Rear I/O Shield
  5. Quick reference manual

The mainboard's design is clean and the areas of interest such as the CPU, memory and slots and SATA ports are easily identified as they are colored in yellow or black:

Below you see the detailed layout of the board and information about its main parts and components:

The 5-phase power VRM design is nothing new for many of you with some experience on motherboards. Without any passive heatsinks and large components around the socket, you will be able to easily fit any kind on cooler for your AMD CPU - although we believe that AMD's stock cooler be just efficient for this platform:

Up to 32GB of memory can be installed in the four available memory slots. According to Foxconn, the motherboard supports DDR3 memory clocked at 1866MHz:

Overall, the back panel contains the following ports and connectors:

  • 1x PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1x VGA port 
  • 1x DVI port 
  • 1x audio jack supports 3 jacks co-lay 6 jacks( default 6 jacks) 
  • 1x S/PDIF out port(optical) 
  • 6x USB 2.0 ports 
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports 
  • 1x RJ45 Lan port

The A75A motherboard supports:

  • 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot --Yellow
  • 2 x PCI Express x1 slot --Black
  • 3 x PCI slot --Black

 

There are 6 SATA III (!) ports in case you need to install additional HDDs, SSDs or ODDs. These ports are positioned in a row, something we do not see very often. In addition, many USB headers are available to connect them with the corresponding ports found on your PC case:

The following connectors and headers are available on the board:

  • 1x ATX 24-Pin power connector
  • 1x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector 
  • 3x 4-pin CPU / System Fan connector 
  • 1x CD-in connector 
  • 1x Speaker header 
  • 6x Serial ATA connectors 
  • 2x USB 2.0 headers 
  • 1x USB 3.0 headers 
  • 1x TPM/TCM header 
  • 1x Intrusion Alarm header 
  • 1x Buzzer (reserved) 
  • 1x COM header 
  • 1x Front Panel header 
  • 1x S/PDIF out header(reserved) 
  • 1x Front Audio header 
  • 1x IR/CIR header (default IR)

The A75A features support for AMD's A-series mainstream Fusion processors, which means that you can pair this board up with an AMD A4/A6/A8 Fusion processor. For our tests we used an AMD A8 3850 processor, running at 2.9GHz:




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