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 …

Meeting Fresh Dual X Fan Series from Cougar

Cougar is proud to introduce a brand new fan series, entitled Dual X. The series comprises models of 120 mm and 140 mm dimensional type which are equipped with LED ribs. The users are able to select a fan, according to their color taste, since the manufacturer offers models with orange, green, blue or black ribs (the latter come without LED backlit). Dual X line is primarily targeting gamers and enthusiasts who search for new, unusual visual effects for their PC systems.

Cougar Dual X fans’ framework consists of nine solid two-layer ribs which ensure more efficient airflow, more intense air pressure, but at the same time, more silent operation. The ribs, elaborated in a claw-like shape, allow for the adjustment of the airflow and reduction of noise incited by the vorticity. The manufacturer employs in this series a fluid bearing instead of a slide bearing; this promoted for the increase of its working lifespan.

The implementation of resilient components into the …

Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Review

APU A-Series from AMD has already proved itself as a fair correlation of performance and consumer properties. This allows users to create budgetary home systems that can readily cope with all contemporary tasks, video games, simultaneously providing a considerable speed increase. MSI is one of the companies to develop a motherboard on the basis of this platform, ensuring in its FM2-A85XA-G65 rich functional and maximal performance. The developers have managed to design the board with a minimal amount of additional controllers, though expansion facilities are sure to satisfy the majority of potential customers.

Design and Layout

Motherboard MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 belongs to Military Class III line and is developed in ATX form-factor. Similar to other products of this line, this model is differentiated by a voluminous cooling system and a quite powerful VRM node. This board is destined for Socket FM2 logics and is ready to accommodate processors of A-Series and Athlon. It is based …
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