Desktop Trinity boards pop up on Gigabyte's site


— 11:23 AM on September 19, 2012

AMD's desktop Trinity APUs have yet to break cover, but that hasn't stopped Gigabyte from detailing a couple of FM2 motherboards designed for the new processors. Navigate over to Gigabyte's website, and you'll find listings for the GA-F2A75M-D3H and GA-F2A85X-UP4. The latter is a full-sized ATX affair with a black PCB, so you know it's targeted at enthusiasts. There's even a bright red power button on the circuit board.

The GA-F2A85X-UP4 features Gigabyte's latest Ultra Durable tech, which includes fancy MOSFETs from International Rectifier. Digital power circuitry feeds the APU, and there are separate "power zones" for the chip's CPU and GPU components. Folks using the integrated Radeon will be able to choose from four different video outputs. Gigabyte is throwing in a copy of Lucid's Virtu Universal MVP software to bolster the integrated graphics, as well.

If you want to run a discrete graphics card, no fewer than three PCIe x16 slots can be found on the board. The top two can be arranged in a dual-x8 config, while the third slot is limited to four lanes of bandwidth. AMD's A85X platform hub provides the board with a whopping eight 6Gbps SATA ports, one of which is routed to the rear cluster. The chip also serves up four USB 3.0 ports, which are complemented by two more from an auxiliary Etron controller.

The microATX GA-F2A75M-D3H is considerably less exotic, with analog power circuitry and no Virtu software. This board has just two PCIe x16 slots, and they're stuck in a x16/x4 config. The number of display outputs has been cut to three; DisplayPort is out but VGA, DVI-D, and HDMI connectors remain. That's likely to be enough video outs for most folks. The six 6Gbps SATA and four USB 3.0 ports provided by the A75 platform hub should be plenty for typical systems, too.

There's no information on how much the boards will cost, but you can bet the UP4 will be the pricier of the two. Seems like overkill for an APU whose primary appeal is likely to be its integrated graphics, though. Thanks to X-bit labs for the tip.

   
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