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 …

The New Fan from Antec – Rainbow 120 RGB – Will Be Available at the Price of 15 EUR

The range of Antec chassis fans has been widened by the Rainbow 120 RGB model. Its name suggests, that this product is of 120 mm typical size. LED backlighting of Rainbow 120 RGB renders up to 256 shades to produce dynamic effects or covers up to seven colours in the static mode. Moreover, the setup chosen by the user is supported after the PC switching off. The backlighting is adjusted just by pushing a little button.



The special blade configuration directs air flow to the outer side, thus increasing the static pressure level and enhancing the process of flows distribution inside the system unit. Fluid bearings extend the service life, and fan rubber pads at the places of mounting holes lower the vibration and noise level.


The top rotational speed of Rainbow 120 RGB is 1,200 rpm, and the air flow capacity equals to 1.2 m3/min. This device possesses a three-pin power supply connector and features the 12 V nominal voltage. The noise factor is not higher than 24.8 dBA.

TUL Unchains Radeon R9 Nano Graphics Card

TUL Corporation announces the release of its own version of Radeon R9 Nano videocard (within the framework of PowerColor brand). The model preserves reference PCB and cooling design, implying its compatibility with mini-ITX PC systems and high-performance home media centers. The new-comer is about to launch at the price tag of $650.



PowerColor Radeon R9 Nano is developed on AMD Fiji XT GPU with 4096 stream processors based on GCN 1.2 architecture, 64 ROPs and 256 TMUs. The core operates at 1000 MHz frequency. It is accompanied by 4 GB of multilayer HBM1 memory with 4096-bit bus and 1000 MHz efficient frequency. The connection to the PSU is realized via a single 8-pin PCI Express Power connector.


To continue, this graphics card is known to support the latest DirectX 12 standard as well as a huge list of AMD technologies: HD3D, FreeSync, Async Shaders, Mantle, CrossFire, Frame Rate Target Control, etc. The TDP index makes up 175 W.


Despite small-sized form-factor, the …
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