In terms of what board should be paired with the A6-3650 or A8-3850 it is very easy to recommend the Sapphire Pure Platinum A75. Sapphires latest board finds a great balance of price, performance and features while providing good build quality. For the average consumer we get the aforementioned USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s ports with support for dual graphics which works exceptionally well with the silent 6670 Ultimate. Enthusiasts will like the dual BIOS, debug LEDs, internal USB 3.0 header with front port bracket and voltage read points. There really is something for everyone with the likes of mini-PCIe opening up the potential for internal Wi-Fi cards and storage based on the technology and that's before we consider that this board supports Bluetooth out of the box.
There are a few minor quibbles though; some may not like Sapphires decision not to allow Crossfire through the lack of second 8x slot. Others may want a board with GUI BIOS with an update tool built in.
For performance it is again hard to fault the Pure Platinum A75. The board matches and exceeds the equivalent board from Gigabyte and performed with complete stability throughout our testing.
So that brings us to value and the £100 Pure Platinum with bundled essentials, decent software suite and free copy of DiRT 3 seems priced at a pretty competitive level.
Two products which impress for different reasons but combine to create a value packed and feature filled basis for a system.
AMD A6-3650 Accelerated Processor
Sapphire Pure Platinum A75