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 …

Enthusiast-Level Cooler Deepcool Lucifer Review

Deepcool is globally known primarily by the products targeting budget-oriented and mid-level customers. Nonetheless, currently the company strides towards enthusiast-level segment, offering more powerful, more efficient, and more sophisticated devices. CPU cooler with a biblical name Lucifer is a bright example of many-years’ expertise in PC cooling market. It differentiates itself by a solid performance on heat dissipation combined with an alluring price. Let’s take a closer look at the model.



Main Peculiarities


Deepcool Lucifer strikes by the following specifications:

— dimensions: heatsink – 140x110x163 mm, fan – 140x140x25 mm;

— platform compatibility: Intel LGA 2011/1366/115x/775, AMD FM1/FM2/FM2+/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+;

— heatsink framework: weight – 748 g, quantity of fins – 35, fin depth – 0.5 mm, reference area – 9300 cm2;

— fan specs: type – Gamer Storm, bearing – hydro bearing, PWM support, rotational speed – 700-1400 RPM, …

Intel to Release CPU Avoton in Late 2013

Intel is known to develop CPU solutions for different types of systems, including home-based compact platforms, as well as corporate server systems. Not so long ago the company announced the decision to introduce its new solution for micro-servers, codenamed Bordenville, which is based on Centerton CPU. A new platform is going to provide good performance characteristics in combination with multifarious facilities. Still, Intel decided to move on and improve the platform for this segment by a more efficient product. Under the preliminary data, the company is going to develop another platform, codenamed Edisonville, based on Avoton processor.



According to the forecasts, Intel Avoton will be able to demonstrate a better performance per watt, as compared with Centerton or Haswell CPUs. Avoton will be notable for the integration of USB, SATA and GbE facilities; thus, the platform will accommodate a couple of SATA III ports, two SATA II ports, four USB 2.0, and four gigabit Ethernet …
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