Last week, we got to gawk at pictures of a prototype Socket FM2 motherboard. Today, we have a special treat: official pictures and details about a finished, production-ready model. ECS has announced the A85F2-A Deluxe, an honest-to-goodness ATX motherboard with an FM2 socket ripe for AMD's desktop Trinity APUs.
The A85F2-A Deluxe features the A85X chipset, which we know little about and AMD has yet to announce. Connectivity includes six USB 3.0 ports (four of which lie in the rear I/O cluster), seven 6Gbps SATA ports (including an external eSATA port), and dual PCI Express x16 slots with support for CrossFire multi-GPU configs. ECS has four display outputs (VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort) hooked up to the CPU socket, and it says users can drive up to four displays simultaneously. The firm populates the A85F2-A Deluxe with an otherwise unremarkable assortment of DDR3, PCIe x1, and 32-bit PCI slots.
ECS says it has another four Socket FM2 mobos in the pipeline: the A75F2-A2, A75F2-M2, A55F2-A2, and A55F2-M3. The announcement doesn't mention backward-compatibility with Socket FM1 processors, so it's probably safe to assume that this board and its siblings are Trinity-only. A release date is missing, too. I reckon we'll have to wait for AMD on that one, since the desktop version of Trinity still hasn't launched.
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