Asus Debuts World's First FM2+ Motherboards

Asus has launched the A88XM-A and A55BM-A/USB3 motherboards, the first in the industry to support AMD’s new FM2+ APU socket.

Both motherboards offer a micro-ATX form factor and are compatibility with both AMD’s current “Richland” and “Trinity” APUs and the upcoming socket FM2+ “Kaveri” processors.

Motherboard

A88XM-A

A55BM-A/USB3

Chipset

AMD A88X (Bolton D4)

A55 FCH (Hudson D2)

Memory

4 x DDR3 DIMMs

Up to 64 GB DDR-2133

2 x DDR3 DIMMs

Up to 32 GB DDR-2133

Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 3.0 x16*

1 x PCIe 2.0 x1

1 x PCI

1 x PCIe 3.0 x16

1 x PCIe 2.0 x1

1 x PCI

Networking

Realtek 8111G, 1 x Gigabit LAN

Realtek 8111G, 1 x Gigabit LAN

Video Output

DVI-D, HDMI, VGA

DVI-D, HDMI, VGA

Audio Output

Realtek ALC887-VD 8-Channel

Realtek ALC887-VD 8-Channel

Ports

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

2 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

 * Only FM2+ Processors can support PCIe 3.0

The A88XM-A and A55BM-A/USB3 also include Asus’ 5X Protection which incorporates a number of features for better quality and reliability including a DIGI+ VRM for precise power delivery to the APU, DRAM overcurrent protection via on-board resettable fuses,  5K-hour Solid Capacitors and a chromium oxide-plated stainless steel rear I/O.

Further information is available at the respective product pages for the Asus A88XM-A and A55BM-A/USB3 motherboards. Asus has announced that further information on the company’s upcoming FM2+ motherboard range will be released “later in the year.”

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  • Sovereign_Pwner
    Some Mini ITX love would be appreciated by all :D
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  • InvalidError
    I find advertising capacitors' lifespan pretty silly - 5000h is only half a year of 24/7 operation, which would be really lousy if capacitors only lasted that long. That rating is only valid when operating at max rated temperature and AC ripple; conditions that should never occur in a properly designed product.

    I retired my P3 with CUSL2 motherboard last year... that board probably logged over 100k power-on hours over the 12 years I had it. My C2D's P5P800Q is likely over the 40k hours mark too and there are no capacitors rated for 40k hours.

    Funny how warranty on motherboards are much longer than their manufacturers' quoted lifespan on capacitors while MTBF on most components are usually much longer than warranties - everyone quotes MTBF over 200k hours but nobody backs that up with a 10+ years warranty.
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  • BulkZerker
    Finally!
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