ASRock Reveal A88X FM2+ AMD Motherboards
Ryan Martin / 5 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.
Other connectivity includes DVI, VGA, HDMI, four USB 3.0, 8 Channel HD audio and Gigabit Ethernet.
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