Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI: Mini-ITX Board for Kaveri (FM2+)

Conclusion

Award_SilverThe GA-F2A88XN-WIFI is essentially the GA-F2A85XN-WIFI that Gigabyte launched last year except that it adds with support for the FM2+ APUs (Kaveri) and features 802.11ac WiFi support. The board layout is completely identical to the last year’s offering and we are fine with that. Why mess with things that are working. We do, however, think Gigabyte could have include maybe a couple more SATA port and even include a DisplayPort as oppose to dual HDM for future proofing. Still, you cannot go wrong with the board if you are looking to build a small form factor PC as it is packed with enough goodies that you may need (unless you need more than 4 SATA ports). We definitely appreciate the inclusion of the Intel 7260 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0. This feature along sets the board apart from many mini-ITX board on the market. Software side, the Gigabyte UEFI BIOS is easy to navigate albeit outdated UI probably can get some upgrade. Though its Easy Tune software utility definitely need major overhaul as it has not been updated for years and there is virtually no new features. Well, it is possible that Gigabyte is moving away from Windows Apps and move into more mobile Apps through the Cloud Station. Unfortunately, at it’s current incarnation, the App is still buggy and we could not get it to connect to our PC. Ultimately, at retail price of $106.69, the F2A88XN-WIFI is great choice FM2+ mini ITX motherboard. If you are on the market for one to go with a small PC, we would not hesitate to recommend this board for what it offers at its price.

ProsCons
  • Clean and easy to use BIOS
  • Triple monitor support with dual HDMI, and DVI
  • 802.11ac and bluetooth 4.0
  • PCI Express 3.0 support
  • Dual BIOS
  • Price
  • Software needs improvement
  • No DisplayPort
  • Four SATA ports

 

Gigabyte's F2A85XN-WIFI was one of the best mini-ITX board for the FM2 socket. With the release of the Kaveri (FM2+) APU, Gigabyte has updated their mini-ITX board with the latest A88X chipset. With the F2A88XN-WIFI, Gigabyte essentially retained the same overall design and the layout as the older board except it has swapped out the FM2 socket for the FM2+ so it will support AMD Kaveri and it has added support for 802.11ac. So if you are aiming to build a mini-ITX system with the latest AMD APU, you would probably want to check out this review…

Review Overview

Performance - 8.5
Value - 9.5
Quality - 9
Features - 9
Innovation - 8

8.8

Gigabyte F2A88X-WIFI

For mini-ITX FM2+ motherboard, the F2A88XN-WIFI is packed with plenty of features that includes four SATA ports, 802.11ac, dual BIOS, and dual HDMI port. We definitely recommend anyone who is looking to build a small form factor PC with AMD Kaveri APU.

User Rating: 4.7 ( 1 votes)

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  1. You mention WIDI support but how do I go about actually enabling this feature?

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