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 …

Review of the universal cooler for graphics cards Ice Hammer IH-900B

With an excellent combination of cost and efficiency, cooling systems Ice Hammer continues to advance steadily to our market, crowding out products over top manufacturers. Today the characteristics, efficiency and noise level of another novelty — a cooler for graphics cards Ice Hammer IH-900B will be studied.



The novelty comes in a compact cardboard box with a small cutout on the front side, through which part of the fan and radiator is visible. On the reverse side there is also present cut-out in the form of the cooler. There is a list on GPU graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD, which is compatible with the Ice Hammer IH-900B. On the sides of the package you can find specifications and other information about the cooling system.


Along with the cooler are supplied: small aluminum heatsinks for memory chips and smaller radiators for power elements, two sets of sleeves, key pads and screws, and a brief installation instruction, thermal compound A2, cables, adapters, as well …

Biostar Unveils A68N-2100 Motherboard for Budget-Oriented Customers

Biostar Microtech has gladdened its budget-oriented customers by the release of a new small-sized motherboard, entitled A68N-2100. This mini-ITX model is elaborated on a two-core hybrid AMD E1-2100 APU (Jaguar core, Kabini platform) with 1 GHz clock frequency. It is accompanied by an integrated Radeon HD 8210 graphics that supports DirectX 11.1 technology. All devotees of Biostar’s innovations might acquire the item for about $50.



Biostar A68N-2100 is developed on AMD A68 chipset that supports APU passive cooling by means of a compact heatspreader. The implemented APU is characterized by low power consumption: in ordinary work conditions it consumes not more than 9 W power. The PCB accommodates two DIMM slots for DDR3 memory modules with the maximal frequencies of 1333 MHz and the ultimate capacity of 16 GB.


Expansion facilities are introduced by only one PCIe slot (2.0 x16). Storage options are realized due a pair of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas network facilities …
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