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More FM2 boards for Trinity, Zotac stands out with its mini-ITX model

If you were a little tired of Z77 motherboards for Intel platforms, at Computex 2012 several manufacturers have shown their respective offerings in FM2 boards, where Zotac presented a motherboard model in its traditional Mini-ITX form factor that added to the ECS, Gigabyte and MSI models.

Note that although all boards for AMD Trinity APU incorporates the FM2 socket, some come with the A75 chipset and other the A85X chipset. In this context, several points should be clarified to not confuse the users, as manufacturers provide their boards with these two different chipsets.

To put a little more of confusing on this, some manufacturers use the A75 FCH, but name their boards as “A85”, which could fool anyone if we trust what the manufacturers print on their boxes. However we have other manufacturers that actually incorporate the AMD A85X chipset and nominate their boards as “A85”, something we must agree is more legitimate than the previous cases.

Anyway, despite how confusing it can be this, it is important to know that: The main difference between the A75 and A85X is that the first only supports natively 6 SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, while the A85X supports up to 8 SATA 6.0 Gbps ports along with support for RAID 5, which lacks on the A75.

Taking these considerations, the differences between both chipsets are actually minimal, as the other critical functions such as memory controller, PCIe and other functions such as video connectivity are incorporated into the APU. This excepts the additional features the manufacturer can put in place.

Having said this, on FM2 boards for Trinity, we highlight the Zotac A75-ITX WiFi in mini-ITX format with Wi-Fi + Integrated Bluetooth, 2 DDR3-1866 memory slots, 4 SATA ports 6.0 Gbps, Dual Gigabit LAN, 1 x PCI Express x16 (possibly 8x), up to 8 USB 3.0 ports, 7.1 channel audio and other features.

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