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Oct 23, 2012

AMD APU and ASUS FM2 Motherboard Breaking World Record

There aren't many better ways of introducing a product than by announcing that a world record has been broken by it right off the bat, and this is precisely what ASUS did with the F2A85-V PRO motherboard.

This isn't the first time that the mainboard makes the news, but it might just be the most memorable. Not every day does a motherboard succeed in pushing a processor high enough to smash a world record in 3DMark Vantage. While equipped with the quad-core AMD A10-5800K APU (accelerated processing unit) and two memory modules, it scored 10297 marks. For those that want to know the precise parameters used, ASUS clocked the APU at 5.95 GHz (FSB at 170MHz, GPU at 1520MHz) and the two 4 GB memory modules at DDR3-2720MHz CL10. Windows 7 64-bit was the operating system. As some have probably guessed, a lot of liquid nitrogen was used to keep the whole setup from melting.

This is just half the news though. The other half is the score that the hardware achieved while still on air cooling. The ASUS F2A85-V PRO with BIOS 5108, AMD A10-5800K at 4.33GHz (FSB 114MHz, GPU at 1155MHz) and the memory at 2432MHz (CL10) made 8,070 marks under Windows 7 64-bit. ASUS F2A85-V PRO would not have withstood the heat, liquid nitrogen or not, if it hadn't been designed with Dual Intelligent Processors 3 and DIGI+ Power Control. The TPU (TurboV Processing Unit), EPU (energy processing unit) and digital power controllers can increase APU frequency by up to 68%.

More data on the platform can be found on the product page, while the FM2-compatible APU is described in detail, along with its siblings. For those interested in what other overclocking feats Trinity has achieved, 7.3 GHz were reached not long ago. On a related note, the strongest out of the newly launched Vishera Bulldozer FX units went beyond even that (7,442.83 MHz).

Image credits to ASUS


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