MSI Releases an Affordable Motherboard of Micro-ATX Form-Factor

Right after the release of FM2-A75MA-P33 motherboard, MSI has taken a decision to design one more model for AMD Trinity platform. Codenamed MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35, a new model is based on a more efficient chipset – AMD A85X. This motherboard is a typical representative of entry-level solutions, though can boast a number of attractive facilities.



MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 is developed in micro-ATX form-factor for Socket FM2 CPU sockets. The model is known to support AMD A and Athlon II processors. This board accommodates two DIMM slots for the installation of DDR3 memory modules, the overall volume of which can rise up to 32GB. The supported memory operating frequencies might vary: DDR3-1066 MHz, 1333MHz, 1600 MHz, 1866 MHz, and 2133 MHz. Power subsystem features a rather unpretentious framework and consists of five phases; thus, this model isn't intended for overclocking purposes.


Expansion facilities implemented in MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 can be found in any other entry-level …

A Pair of New A88X-Based Motherboards for Socket FM2(+) from ASRock

According to the ASRock official website, the company has just unveiled the specifications of its two new motherboards, based on AMD A88X chipset. Codenamed FM2A88M Extreme4+ and FM2A88X Extreme6+, this couple has joined A-Style Series lineup and is estimated for APUs from AMD that support Socket FM2/FM2+ and have not more than 100 W TDP level. The realization of ASRock XFast 555 concept, which embraces XFast RAM/USB/LAN options, is the feature that unites both new-comers. Nevertheless, there are a lot of distinguishing features that make each model so peculiar.



ASRock FM2A88M Extreme4+ boasts the following specifications:

— form-factor: micro-ATX;

— memory: 4 DIMM slots, support for DDR3 modules running at 1066-2600+ (O.C) MHz, two-channel operational mode, maximal capacity – 64 GB;

— power supply system: digital controller, 4+2-phase power scheme;

— expansion facilities: one PCI slot, one PCIe 2.0 x1, one PCIe 2.0 x16, one PCIe 3.0 x16;

— storage: …

Athlon II X2 221 and 198 Sempron X2 (FM1) appeared in the systems HP

It is well known that part of hybrid processors AMD for platform Socket FM1 have a non-working graphics power, so for their release the market brands Athlon and Sempron are used. Last fall, it was reported about the upcoming appearance in the sale of dual-core chip Athlon II X2 221 and 198 Sempron X2, but information about its actual release appeared only now. This hitch is not surprising, given the fact that these processors are still used only on computers in the collection of HP brand for the Chinese market.



Sempron X2 198 (2.5GHz) was seen in the budget desktop HP Pavilion p6-1152cx, p6-1159cx, p6-1230cx and p6-1231cx. This CPU includes two core architectures AMD K10.5, 2x512 KB cache of second level and dual-channel DDR3-1600. The TDP level is 65W.


Athlon II X2 221 clock frequency is 2.8 GHz. Other characteristics of processor are the same as in the lower Sempron X2 198. Both models support 64-bit code, virtualization, AMD-V and instructions even SSE4a. Athlon II X2 …
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