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.



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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 …

Asustor Introduces New-Gen AS 3 NAS Series

Asustor, an outstanding Taiwanese developer of high-end hardware pieces, has just launched a series of new-generation NAS devices, codenamed AS 3. The series involves two models – the AS-302T and the AS-304T – that are characterized by the support of advanced multimedia facilities and high-resolution video (1080 p). The first model consists of two HDD bays with the maximal capacity of 8 TB, whereas the second model boasts four HDD bays with an overall 16 TB capacity. For this reason, the retail price makes up $334.90 and $499 respectively.



AS 3 NAS devices are based on Intel Atom two-core processors that run at 1.6 GHz clock frequency. Memory subsystem is introduced by DDR3 modules of 1 GB capacity. Interface I/O panel is rich in gigabit Ethernet network port, IR-port, HDMI video socket, 3.5 mm audio socket, and USB 3.0 port. One of the blissful advantages is the possibility to unite the drives into the following RAID arrays: RAID 0/1/5/6/10 and JBOD.


Each NAS model is …

Gigabyte is preparing an overclocked version of GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Despite the measures taken by Nvidia partners to maintain the confidentiality (up to 16th of August ) of marketing sketches and precise characteristics of the line graphics cards GeForce GTX 660 Ti, it is still becomes the property of IT-society long before the official announcement. The resources tell about a new video card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti, equipped with a cooler WindForce 2X.



New product will be released in two versions — with increased and recommended frequencies. Graphics adapters will have the same appearance, but the cost will vary depending on the characteristics. Video card without overclocking is functioning at 915 (980) / 6008 MHz, OC-option has clock speeds of 980 (1032) / 6008 MHz for core and 2 GB of memory GDDR5, respectively. In the arsenal of adapters there are as well video outputs DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI (gold plated) and DisplayPort, two slots SLI and graphics chip GK104-300-KD-A2 (1344 shader, 112 TMU, 24 ROP, 192-bit memory bus).


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