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 …

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).


According to …

ID-Cooling Hunter Duet II Liquid Cooling System

ID-Cooling, being famous for its cooling systems, has released a Hunter Duet II cooler of large dimensions, which is supposed to transfer heat from the CPU and the graphics engine surfaces. This model is designed with a 360 mm heat sink, which is of great benefit to its efficiency factor.



The construction includes two water units with a base out of copper and built-in pumps, pipes in braided cable, the three-section aluminum 395 × 120 × 27 mm heat sink, three 120 mm fans, and an extraordinary framework with a 90 mm fan to blow over graphics card load-bearing elements and intensive plates for the CPU and GPU.


Though possessing similar construction, water units differ in lids design and the location of holes for liquid flow. At the moment their inner structure details are not available.

A compact fan to blow over VRM consumes 1.2 W. Its rotary speed is not higher than 1,500 rpm. The same ratio of each of the three main fans is not supposed to exceed 1,500–2,000 rpm.

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