Asus A88X-Pro Motherboard Review: Ahead of Its Time

The elaboration of completely new APUs, codenamed Kaveri, compelled AMD work up one more suitable CPU socket – FM2+. Once after its launch, the leading manufacturers of motherboards have reacted on-the-fly, releasing proprietary models for a new platform. Asus, as usual, was among the first to introduce fresh solutions. Motherboard A88X-Pro is remarkable by the support of upcoming APUs, though it will be still possible to incorporate hybrid processors of the current generation for Socket FM2. For sure, this is not a mere advantage of the board. Let’s have a look at some other specs.

Key Peculiarities

Asus A88X-Pro is developed on AMD A88X chipset and houses an onboard Radeon HD 7000/8000 series graphics. The PCB allots 4 DIMM slots for DDR3 SDRAM modules. An overall capacity of modules set might achieve 64 GB, whereas an ultimate supported clock frequency makes up 2400 MHz. Expansion section is not as bright as a demanding customer would desire; nonetheless, it …

Greeting Asus ROG Ares III Graphics Card with Double GPU Performance

Republic of Gamers devotees have been pleased with yet another addition to Ares series of graphics cards – the Asus ROG Ares III. It is a new powerful model based on two AMD Radeon R9 290X (Hawaii XT) GPUs, each of which cooperates with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. At its core, this is a modified version of AMD Radeon R9 295X2 videocard, although with some perceptible changes. Potential customers will receive AMD Radeon Gold Reward warrant and a flash-memory card (8 GB) as an additional bonus. It’s worth of acquiring, isn’t it?

Asus ROG Ares III operates at heightened clock frequencies – 1030 MHz – if compared with Radeon R9 295X2 model that runs at 1018 MHz. Each memory module with 512-bit interface runs at 1250 MHz (nominal) frequency, but is able to accelerate up to 5.0 GHz (effective) index. The new-comer employs 16-phase power supply subsystem (Asus Digi+ VRM) that accommodates high-quality components Asus Super Alloy Power, i.e. Japanese solid-state capacitors from …

SilentiumPC Intros Small-Sized Alea M50 Pure Black Chassis

SilentiumPC, an outstanding designer of top-tier cooling systems, comes out to the market with a small-sized PC case – the Alea M50 Pure Black. The new-comer features 410x412x279 mm dimensions and employs high-quality SECC steel as well as ABS-plastic with soft-touch coverage in the framework. The chassis is painted black inside and outside, boasting a fully perforated frontal panel and acrylic windows on both side panels.

SilentiumPC Alea M50 Pure Black is compatible with mini-ITX and micro-ATX mainboards. Its layout consists of a single external bay for 5.25-inch drive, a pair of 2.5-inch and a single 3.5-inch internal bays, accompanied with four PCI slots. Internal spacing is enough to install video cards of 360 mm in length, CPU coolers of 205 mm in height & standard ATX PSUs.

To continue, the top panel of the case accommodates I/O panel with 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x audio sockets, and a card-reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC form-factors). Cooling system is …
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