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.



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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 …

Lian Li to Release a New PC-Q35 Case with a Door Lock

Lian Li, a Taiwanese vendor of unique PC cases, is about to release a new mini-ITX case in the Western European market. Entitled PC-Q35, the model features 514x261x356 mm dimensions and weighs 4.3 kg. It is peculiar by a classical brand Lian Li’s design with minimum decorations and great functional. Nonetheless, its main peculiarity is the implementation of a lock on the frontal door. The new-comer is already available for pre-order for a price of 129 EUR.



Lian Li PC-Q35 will come in two color solutions, black and silver. The chassis takes benefit of anti-dust filters and metallic feet with rubber soles; the latter are called to efficiently damp the vibrations. Internal layout supports for the installation of mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards, a pair of PCI Express expansion cards of up to 300 mm in length, ATX-compatible power supply unit up to 200 mm in length, and CPU air cooling system of up to 95 mm in height.


To continue, available storage facilities provide for …

AMD releases new video accelerators and FirePro first APU for workstations

The debut of a new line of graphics cards AMD FirePro Wx000 on base of graphics processors family Southern Islands (28 nm) is also known as the basis for gaming decisions Radeon HD 7000.



Single-chip FirePro W9000 includes a GPU Taxiti XT 4 teraflops of performance when dealing with numbers and a single-precision teraflops in operations with double precision. The volume of on-board video memory is 6 GB of GDDR5, the recommended price — $ 4000. Scope of the discrete graphics FirePro / Southern Islands is traditional: CAD-applications that work with the media content, and system digital signage.


One position lower is FirePro W8000. It uses the kernel Tahiti Pro or XT, characterized by Tflops/806 3.23 Gflops of performance, memory capacity of 4 GB and a price tag of $ 1,600. Even lower in the hierarchy is the FirePro W7000. The card is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 RAM and the chip Pitcairn XT (Radeon HD 7870). Performance, according to AMD, is 2.4 Gflops Tflops/152 when …
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