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 …

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Meanwhile, the upcoming release collects more and more of new details. According to the manufacture, graphic card is equipped with a reinforced VRM and dual memory — 4 GB of GDDR5. The power connectors PCI-E Power 8-pin made are located on the back of the PCB.



There are only three video outputs, as opposed to the reference, but all of full-size — DVI-I, HDMI and DisplayPort. The exact code name of the model looks like following «GK104HA-D32». Information on the frequencies is unknown so far. The presence of mini-PCIe slot for connecting the mains board PowerKit is generally an indirect sign of a factory overclock and overclocking orientation of …

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Model Intel DZ77GAL-70K is based on the same PCB, as the previous DZ77GA-70K (Gasper) and DZ77RE-75K (Roads End). In contrast to the board DZ77GA-70K, new doesn’t have a rich set of delivery: WiDi-compatible adapter with an antenna, Bluetooth, remote panel with two USB 3.0 ports and a mouse pad Intel Extreme Series. Due to this, it will be cheaper than DZ77GA-70K.


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