AMD APUs typically have some “free” core frequency headroom (tops out around 5GHz on air) that can make the experience more palatable, in exchange for more heat output and power. One of the gripes I have about the mini-ITX form factor and AMD motherboards in general is the lack of overclocking dexterity due to the use of “cheap and cheerful” VRMs to keep the BOM cost down.

In fact, there have been many cringe-worthy stories on the web about fried, stressed out MOSFETs on the lower-end models from other companies.


Enter Gigabyte with their upcoming F2A85XN-WIFI featuring Ultra Durable 4 technology. I have it on good authority that the said board uses a fully digital International Rectifier VRM setup featuring six IR 3553 40A powerstages, which delivers enough power (with minimal passive cooling) to bring a Trinity/Richland APU over 6GHz, provided you have the right kind of subzero cooling. Regular air/water users won’t have to live with the fear that their motherboard might become a fire hazard when crunching heavy workloads.