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 …

Stylish CPU Cooler Ice Hammer IH-4800 Review

Cooling solutions under Ice Hammer brand enter the market not so frequently as wished it to be. Still, the company manages to gladden all potential customers with high-quality products. This time, in close cooperation with Thermalright, it launched IH-4800 CPU cooler that is a modified version of True Spirit 140 model. Yet, what kind of options are going to attract the audience? Let’s find it out.



Heatsink and Fan Framework


The employed by the IH-4800 heatsink features 155x55x170 mm dimensions. It is a typical single-section tower, accompanied by six U-shape heatpipes. The pipes did not get nickel-plated coating, so they have a highly polished copper design. The heatsink embraces fifty aluminum ribs with 2 mm distance from each other.


The ribs are connected with the pipes by means of a dedicated neck finish with a thorough soldering. Six lower ribs do not have contact with two heatpipes, since the latter got a strongly pronounced curve at the output. The heatsink …

Asus Showcases M70 Desktop PC with NFC Support

Asus has lately announced the release of a new desktop PC that positions itself as the first ever desktop solution with the support of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Entitled Asus M70, the product allows for the wireless interaction and data transfer with the compatible mobile devices on Android platform. For instance, a dedicated NFC Express software app enables an automatic copying of photo/video files from the smartphone or tablet to the PC.



Asus M70 is housed in a silver case, which is differentiated by a laconic but stylish design with a luminous stripe on the frontal facet. As for the internal layout, this model is available in several variations on the basis of two-core Intel Core i7/i5/i3 CPUs (4th generation chips) and graphics cards of Nvidia GeForce family (up to GeForce GTX 650 series). Operational management is entrusted to the newest OS Windows 8.


The implementation of a built-in uninterrupted power supply (UPS) is considered to be one of the …
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