When AMD announced the launch of the new FM2+ based socket for the up coming "Kaveri" APU Processor, manufacturers were in full force with the launch of new motherboards. Over the next few weeks we caught a glimpse of the up coming releases, and its design and aesthetics caught our attention. In the past, we have seen some nice products for the APU socket line, but the motherboards were never as fancy as some of the enthusiast boards we have come to see with the higher end chipsets and processors, like the AMD FX Series, the 990FX chipset line.With AMD's FX Series road map unclear, and AMD's APU series processors rising success, it was only a matter of time before we start to see more enthusiast style motherboards hit the market. Today, we have the pleasure of taking a look at an ASUS motherboard that sports the fancy aesthetics and brings to the table the full enthusiast experience that the APU market has missed out on before.Today we have the ASUS A88X-Pro Motherboard which runs the flagship A88X chipset. This is one of the 3 chipsets launched for the FM2+ based Kaveri APU. So, the question that most of us have today is does all this fancy aesthetic meet the demands of an enthusiast's desire? Well today we are going to put the ASUS A88X Motherboard to the test and find out.
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|CPU: Intel i7 4970K|
|M/B: ASUS Z97 Maximus Hero|
|RAM: G.Skill Trident 16gb|
|GPU: Radeon R9 270 X2|
Great review Kenny, thanks.
|CPU: INTEL i5 4670k|
|M/B: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO|
|RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM 16GB 2133|
|GPU: Two GIGABYTE 670. With EXPC waterblocks and back plats.|
Great review as always Kenny. I was shocked to see ASUS using a gold on there board's.
|CPU: Intel i7 5930K / Intel i7 4820K / Intel i7 4790K|
|M/B: ASUS X99 R5E / ASUS X79 Sabertooth / ASUS Z97 MVIIF|
|RAM: 32GB Kingston DDR4 3000MHz / 32GB Corsair 1866MHz / 16GB HyperX Savage 2400MHz|
|GPU: EVGA GTX780 TRI SLI Classy / EVGA GTX 780 SLI / XFX R9 290 (xfire) w XSPC WB|
|CPU: AMD A 10-5800K Trinity 4.5|
|M/B: ECS A85F2-A Golden|
|RAM: 16G Crucial Blaxtix 1866mzh|
|GPU: 2 Saphirre 7770 Vapor X 1G 1150/1400|
Great review Kenny,
|CPU: Intel 4960x @ 4.3ghz|
|M/B: MSI x79 GD45 Plus|
|RAM: 16GB Patriot Viper Ram @ 2133mhz|
|GPU: Nvidia GTX Titan 6GB|
great review Kenny. that's a sweet board. still on the fence though about the color though.
You don't know me and that's the way i like it!
|CPU: AMD FX-8350, 4.7 GHz core, 2400 MHz CPU/NB|
|M/B: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0|
|RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP Low Voltage @ 2133 MHz|
|GPU: Powercolor AXR9 280X TurboDuo (stock)|
Nice review Kenny. I own this board and can attest to it's greatness. Were it not for my cooling I could probably my CPU cores that high as well, albeit with a bit more voltage. The other thing I really liked about this board is that IMMEDIATELY after the Kaveri chips released, Asus kept issuing out BIOS revision after BIOS revision to work out the Kaveri bugs until it was rock stable.
As for the color: trust me, black and gold is SUPER sexy in a rig; Especially if you pair this board with the Silverstone black and gold cable extensions and some Avexir Blitz RAM or the Corsair Vengeance PRO gold capped memory.