Hands-on preview of 3 A88X motherboards: ASRock, ASUS and Gigabyte

Introduction

AMD recently released its new generation Kaveri APUs with integrated GPU. These require a Socket FM2+ processor socket. FM2+ boards came out long before the new processors, as they are backwards compatible and work with FM processors. We recently reviewed the Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X and today it's time for boards from ASRock and ASUS.

Like the Gigabyte board, the ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ and ASUS A88X-Pro use the AMD A88X chipset, a new version of the A85X that supports Kaveri. Other than that, the specs of the A88X are identical to those of the A85X, AMD's current flagship chipset for APUs. These include eight Serial ATA 600 ports and support for RAID 0/1/5, four USB 3.0, ten USB 2.0 and support for High Definition Audio.

AMD is known for quickly implementing new technologies in its chipsets, and the support for eight SATA ports on an chipset for affordable PCs is impressive indeed. Because of the large number of SATA and USB ports provided by the chipset, motherboard manufacturers aren't forced to use extra controllers, keeping the cost down for the end user.

Since AMD is active at the lower end of the PC market, motherboards for AMD's A series processors don't tend to be the most deluxe. About £85 is the maximum consumers want to spend on a board like this. The boards from ASRock, ASUS and Gigabyte are all around this price point.

You can read the rest of the hands-on preview of 3 A88X motherboards at Hardware.info.