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 …

New details about the video card Colorful iGame GTX 680

In June, at Computex 2012 exhibition Chinese manufacturer of Colorful graphics cards announced its plans to release GeForce GTX 680 model with a passive cooling system. These «monsters», of course, require careful laboratory testing, so retail sales of iGame GTX 680 will not be performed at least until upcoming autumn.


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 …

The Latest Liquid Coolers from Cooler Master – MasterLiquid 120 and 240

Cooler Master has recently designed a couple of novelties, namely MasterLiquid 120 and 240. These are liquid cooling systems, which require no service after installation and are compatible with the main part of modern AMD and Intel platforms, including the top-of-the-line АМ4.



As compared to previous MasterLiquid Pro 120 and 240 models, these specialties are constructed with more compact and cheaper dual chamber pumps of a low profile. Supply sets contain Air Balance series fans, fittings for various sockets, as well as the branded thermal grease. Water units with pumps are connected to aluminium heat sinks with the help of flexible tubing, allowing to separate incoming and outgoing liquid flows and decrease the noise level to the 15 dBA ultimate rate.


MasterLiquid 120 is available at the price of €70, and the 240 model costs €80. Both products are accompanied with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.
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