Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A Review

Military-class motherboards elaborated by MSI have been always distinguished by the implementation of all high-end components within supply circuits, by extended overclocking facilities, and by corresponding exterior design. FM2-A85XA-G65A model corroborates such outstanding descriptions, being a worthy representative of products branded as ‘Military’. Moreover, the integration of high-quality and solid hardware elements enhances its overclocking potential that can’t but gladden PC enthusiasts.



Design and Layout


MSI FM2-A85XA-G65A is developed in ATX form-factor. It is notable by a fanciful, spacious layout, taking into account the full-fledged options integrated within a single chipset. Thus, there is no need in additional controllers. The distance between two graphics slots has been doubled to organize even the most powerful CrossFire configurations. The integrated heatsinks feature 31 mm height; one of them is located only 5 mm far from CPU socket. This implies …

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Deepcool Industries, an established developer of high-efficient cooling solutions, introduces its new CPU cooler with a horrendous name Lucifer. This cooler features 140x110x168 mm tower-like framework that is ready to manage the heat produced by any up-to-date desktop processor platforms from Intel (LGA2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775) and AMD (Socket FM1, FM2, AM3, AM3+, AM2, AM2+).



Deepcool Lucifer embraces a voluminous heatsink section that contains thirty-six nickel-plated aluminum ribs, six U-shaped, nickel-plated copper heat pipes, and a single 140 mm fan. The latter employs a hydrodynamic bearing and is governed by PWM technology. Fan speed might vary from 700 RPM to 1400 RPM; the maximal airflow produced by the fan approximates 81.33 CFM, while the maximal noise level does not exceed the margin of 31 dB.


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The implemented APU boasts 15 W TDP only, requiring a small-sized heatsink for efficient cooling. The model takes power via 24-pin ATX connector and is based on AMD A68 chipset. It is equipped with a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, and the same amount of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.


Network and audio facilities are represented by Realtek RTL8111GR Gigabit Ethernet controller and 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 codec respectively. Additionally, the PCB is furnished with ELNA sound capacitors. The rear side of the motherboard …
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