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Why are there boards that offer multiple discrete GPU? Isn't the point of an APU is to cut down size and costs?
It's the A85 chip that is offering Crossfire, not necessarily the board. The M/B may have the chip only for the extra SATA and RAID 5, as would be the case for a mini-*TX.

Of course you don't have to use those extra PCIe 2.0 slots for discreet GPU's. You could plug an HD 6670 into the top slot, use dual graphics and use the other one for, say, an Intel LAN card for internet gaming.

And I suppose there's a market for people that want, not crossfire, but the ability to have one machine running 7 or 8 monitors so they can keep up with their stocks.
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If you are going Trinity you should be using the integrated graphics - at most hybrid crossfire. They need more Mini ITX FM2 motherboards. No one needs an ATX FM2 board..
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ATX is overkill for APUs, I agree. The ATX boards are only good for pushing insane LN2 overclocks, because they don't offer much else more over their MicroATX counterparts. I don't see that many people using PCI anymore, for example and Quadfire with an APU makes no sense let alone Tri-fire...


Thing is I don't think M-ITX has lots of power phases due to size constraints , so mATX is a minimum for a good amount of power phases. The ATX boards are the ones with more than 4+2 power phase.

Smaller form factor=more heat, see Ivy Bridge
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my take on this is its nice to have a choice smile.gif

i intend to use the GPU power for certain tasks in a low power almost always on server. the cpu power is low and the performance is easily good enough, the chip is cheap as is the board. The reason to run FM2 Matx or ATX with 3, 2 x PCI-e is quite simple as for those not wanting to spend lots on a Intel low power cpu (which miss out on graphics to boot and decent VM support) Server you have access to TV tuners for HD DVB, Sata Expansion cards for extra ports on the server, hybrid crossfire gpu or even a dedicated soundcard.. i.e in a do it all server role where by the computer can game,serve,record,play,VM etc..its nice to have the choice.

having said all that, Matx is probably the most comfortable spot for the high end APU in terms of usefull expansion and a decent set of sata and power phase. ITX is just for the ultra compact geeks who want to get lots of power out of a tiny enclosure and who are mostly always disappointed in the noise they end up making as temps are quite often too high and they have to run noisy 80mm fans or run a case thats too close to a matx well ventilated case (bit fenix prodigy proves the point, itx cooling requires about an matx size still if you want performance)

no, matx is a great size point and still is small enough for proper media rack type cases
Edited by Pip Boy - 10/12/12 at 1:17pm
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Yeah the only reason I went with ATX is because those motherboards have the best overclocking options and hardware to push a chip properly.
post #106 of 774
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mITX with A85X is unlikely. You cannot cram all those SATA ports on a mITX board anyway.
EyeFinity... It's possible. But also unlikely.
lol what does the sata ports have to do with my question?
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lol what does the sata ports have to do with my question?

Everything. It's the only feature you can use from the A85X.
   
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not sure if i should sell my rig and go fm2? how about some help here, tell me what you think
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not sure if i should sell my rig and go fm2? how about some help here, tell me what you think

The only reason I replaced my old FM1 system with the new FM2 was because I love to mess with overclocking and I'm cheap! The top end stuff is so cheap for these things!
post #110 of 774
Is it just me or are all the CPU power connectors far away from where the APU sits? looks like a stretch, guess for bigger heatsinks
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