Originally Posted by DougieFresh
The FM2A75M-ITX has been a disaster for me and the little hobby shop I run on the side. Every single customer who has used the FM2A75M-ITX / A6-5400K with my case has had their 12V120W DC powerboard fail. Everyone is running stock. I've had no problems with these powerboards with countless other mini-ITX boards, AMD and Intel and now this has happened.
In my own testing, my 2nd attempt to boot this motherboard with an A10-5700 fried the powerboard. Testing the board afterwords would not even turn on the tester. Just on boot into the BIOS, the A6-5400K will jump to 101W power draw and the A10-5700 will exceed 125W. In an open case with the stock cooler, temperatures exceed 70C quickly. ASRock told me to update the BIOS and the power draw actually got worse. With the A6-5400K I was able to get Windows installed but power draw never dropped below 70W and temperatures could not be kept under control, even disabling Turbo and underclocking.
There is something seriously wrong with this motherboard.
The MSI mini-ITX board on the other hand with a stock A10-5700 has the best idle temps and power consumption I've seen in the mini-ITX case I sell for these builds.
This isn't the first ASRock I've had issues with. The H67M-ITX would not een boot with a different brand of DC powerboard. I also have one customer with an H77M-ITX that can't get any mini-ITX power supply to provide a stable system. Only attaching his ATX power supply keeps the system stable. I've sent him three different kinds of 120W DC power supplies and two different brand 120W AC adapters.
Are you the guy on the XBMC boards?
I bought my MB on the basis of some of the guides on there. I'd initially intended to build an FM1 HTPC, but went with an FM2 ITX build for the sake of "future proofing" and having an up to date socket. At that point, the only FM2 ITX board was the Asrock one (and it was a nightmare trying to find one in Spain), but I managed and built the machine. It worked like a dream, extremely fast, good gaming performance. Then suddenly, it crashed and burned (literally).
The retailer I bought the motherboard from has dealt with things fairly well, initially explaining that these things weren't usually covered by warranty, however when I showed them the threads from here with people with similar problems, they raised it with Asrock and they're in the process of sending my board back to them. Whether or not the RMA is accepted and I get a new board is still to be confirmed.
I just hope that the rest of my components are alright. I have no way of testing them until I get a new board. I have to admit, the experience has put me off AMD. If I have to shell out more money, then it'll end up costing the same as an intel build would have.Edited by audiorealis - 12/20/12 at 1:42pm