ASRock Reveal A88X FM2+ AMD Motherboards

/ 3 years ago


ASRock have just unveiled their latest FM2+ socket motherboards based on the AMD A88X chipset according to TechPowerUp. These motherboards support the upcoming Kaveri APUs but are also backwards compatible with current AX-6XXX Richland series APUs as well as AX-5XXX Trinity series APUs, only Llano AX-3XXX APUs will not be compatible as they use a different socket – FM1.  In terms of what ASRock are offering ,well first up is the FM2A88X Extreme6+ motherboard which is an ATX form factor board with four DIMM slots and a 10 phase VRM.

There are two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots which default to 8X/8X when both populated. The third PCI Express lane is 16X physical but wired to 4X at Gen 2.0 speeds through the A88X chipset which also provides two PCIe 1X slots and two legacy PCI slots. The rest of the expansion includes 7 SATA III ports, one eSATA III port, dual link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI. 8 Channel HD audio, Gigabit Ethernet and 6 USB 3.0 ports top the FM2A88X Extreme6+ off.


Next up is the FM2A88M Extreme4+ which is a Micro-ATX equivalent of the A88X chipset. This motherboard uses a 6 phase VRM, four DIMM slots and just a single PCI Express 3.0 X16 slot.


The second PCI Express slot is Gen 2 and wired to the chipset at 4X, there is also a legacy PCI slot and PCI Express 1 X slot to top off connectivity.asrock_a88x_3

Other connectivity includes DVI, VGA, HDMI, four USB 3.0, 8 Channel HD audio and Gigabit Ethernet.

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  • Jeremiah M. Dean

    These APUs are gonna be down right drool worthy if they perform anywhere near speculation has put them. I’m looking forward to steamroller… and possibly a new MotherBoard…

    • Steamroller will only be about 10% faster in terms of the CPU part. The GPU part of the highest spec model will be roughly the same as the HD 7730~GT 640 GDDR5. So you’re looking at a CPU part about as good as a haswell dual core i3 and a GPU part as good as a HD 7730. Would hardly say that’s “drool worthy” though for the money it will be brilliant – there is no doubt about that.

      • Jeremiah M. Dean

        30% improvement per module my friend… that means it should be on par with the 2500K. You know, if AMD releases hexi or octo core options, Intel won’t look nearly as good as they currently are. I expect some decent performance out of these APUs.