MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Review

Rey Basti
 


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The MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 is ideal for those who are thinking to build an FM2 based processor motherboard with a budget mind. The board offers the lowest price you can have out there so that anyone can grab on it without thinking twice. It doesn’t compromise the performance you can get out from it considering its bargain price.

The MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 is a compact micro ATX form factor motherboard that supports the AMD A10-5800K processor. As you already know that, this processor from AMD is the best selling due to its lower price and great performance with lots overclocking capability.

The MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 provides a simple design with no frills. Looking at the board, you can barely see a less busy design in an all black color with blue trim. The CPU slot provides a proper space for an oversized heatsink in case you prefer to upgrade. However, the slots are too close with the memory slots that may cause touch the upgraded heatsink, but we can say that the stock CPU cooler works well in our system. There’s only two DIMM slot available that supports DDR3 memory up to 32GB size with 1066MHz to 2133MHz.

There are six SATA ports connector on standing position which is nicely design that prevents the blockage from the graphics port in case you install longer one. A single graphics port is available here, if you think you’ll need another port for multi-GPU applications, sad to say that this is definitely not for you.

Beside of it are the two PCIe 1x and a single legacy PCI slot on the lower part. Moving on the back I/O panel you can notice the keyboard/mouse combo port, six USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. There’s more room for your display port such as the VGA, DVI and the HDMI port. You can also see the RJ45 LAN port and six audio ports to complete the roundup.

The MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 scores well on our testing center thus beating a much pricey Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 motherboard. Considering a bargain priced motherboard, this alone brings an outstanding value on the table to anyone who’s in need of a best buy motherboard. The A10-5800K processor delivers an excellent performance with its built-in GPU. A very surprising smoothness on the display can be seen which is great for medium gaming and light 3D applications.

We get a good score of 45 frames per second in a Dirt Showdown benchmark with high resolution of 1280 x 720. When the anti aliasing is set to 4x and the resolution is further increased to 1080p the outcome brings an average frame rate of 28 fps. This is not the best performance out there but it certainly offers a highly playable gaming considering a built in graphics on the processor part.

Conclusion

The MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 is in no doubt a wise choice motherboard for budget conscious enthusiasts out there. The new UEFI BIOS from MSI is delivers a painless CMOS setting that even a newbie will enjoy. The I/O connectors are great although, it provides some limitations on the upgrade part for those who want more. The MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 is truly the best budget AMD motherboard.

You can read more reviews of the Best Z87 Motherboard here and discover the Best AM3+ Motherboard for 2013 as we give you some ideas to be smart in choosing the right motherboard for you.

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