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 …

Thermaltake Chaser A71 LCS Chassis with BigWater 850 GT on Board

Thermaltake Technology, a renowned Taiwanese manufacturer of PC hardware components, is going to release a new full-tower chassis of Chaser A41 series. Codenamed Chaser A71 LCS, the model distinguishes itself by a black stylish case with blue stripes on the frontal panel, a large transparent window on the side panel, and a gaming-type LED backlight. The overall dimensions of the new-comer are estimated as 537x205x565 mm, while the total weight reaches up 10 kg.



Thermaltake Chaser A71 LCS boasts some incredible capacity facilities. Thus, it is able to accommodate motherboards of E-ATX standard, three external drives of 5.25-inch form-factor, one external drive of 3.5-inch standard, as well as eight internal PCI cards and five bays for 3.5/2.5-inch drives. The chassis is ready to house rather voluminous graphics adapters, the maximal length of which equals to 244 mm, and rather high CPU coolers that reach up 160 mm.


The top facet of the case contains I/O panel that boasts …

Gigabyte Showcases GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming WaterForce WB 8G Video Card

Gigabyte has developed a video card, based on Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 adapter, which provides for freedom in choosing the liquid cooling system with an open contour. The GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming WaterForce WB 8G comes with a pre-installed water block that entirely covers the frontal part, enhancing the cooling effect on the GPU, power elements as well as memory chips. In order to achieve the maximal heat dissipation performance, the user just needs to connect the card to the liquid cooler contour.



Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming WaterForce WB 8G takes Nvidia GP104-400 GPU as the basis (Pascal micro-architecture). The GPU consists of 2560 CUDA, 160 TMUs & 64 ROPs. The model is able to operate in two modes: OC and Gaming. In OC mode the core runs at 1784/1936 MHz frequency (basic/dynamic), while in Gaming mode the showings are more modest: 1759/1898 MHz frequency.


To continue, the GPU is accompanied by 8 GB of GDDR5X memory (256-bit interface) which operates at …
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