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 CPU Cooler for Small-Sized PCs from Thermalright

Thermalright boasts the release of a new CPU cooler AXP-100. The new arrival is targeting small-sized PC systems, featuring 121x105.5x58 mm dimensions. Similar to other items that take responsibility for proper CPU cooling, this model is able to provide an efficient heat extraction from processor surface and its surrounding crucial components. It is compatible with the majority of AMD and Intel sockets to guarantee its universal utilization. Hence, it supports AMD FM1, FM2, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and Intel LGA (2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, 775) platforms.



Thermalright decided not to apply the so popular nowadays 'direct contact' technology, implying the direct contact of CPU cover with heat pipes. Instead, the cooler's framework has been given a bit different approach.


Model AXP-100 consists of a copper, nickel-plated base, six copper heat pipes, a set of aluminum ribs located parallel to the motherboard, and an atypical in its nature fan TY-100. The heatpipes spring from the …

ECS to Implement AMD Memory Profile Support into Its Motherboards

AMD has won a reputation not only for designing and supplying high-end processors but also for introducing its brand memory expansion, codenamed AMD Memory Profile. This development is called to store and share memory settings profiles and to facilitate the search for the most rational settings. Thus, ECS company is going to implement AMP support for DDR3 memory into its future and current lineup of motherboards. According to the available data, AMP technology will be applied to the upcoming motherboards with AMD processors, and to the current products by means of UEFI firmware update. This is the first 'revival' of the technology since its reconsideration and upgrade.



The integrated technology is destined to setup new frequency, voltage and timings showings which will facilitate in keeping DDR3 memory modules stable. As a rule, random-access memory with high frequencies of more than 2GHz require manual system overclocking. AMP will prevent the emergence of errors while setting …
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