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Asus Debuts World's First FM2+ Motherboards

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The Asus A88XM-A and A55BM-A/USB3 micro-ATX motherboards are the first to feature an FM2+ socket and compatibility with AMD’s upcoming “Kaveri” APUs.

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 , July 29, 2013 9:10 AM
    Some Mini ITX love would be appreciated by all :D 
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    InvalidError , July 29, 2013 9:24 AM
    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 , July 29, 2013 9:29 AM
    Finally!
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    Wisecracker , July 29, 2013 9:56 AM






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    SteelCity1981 , July 29, 2013 10:10 AM
    amd mainstream and highend users will have to wait until steamroller fx series for pci-ex 3.0 to be officially supported. kind of backwards how amd releases their products the affordable ones get the latest tech while the mainstream and highend will get it later.
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    belardo , July 29, 2013 10:24 AM
    This is one of the factors that makes AMD unattractive. different socket types. AM socket should have been retired over a year ago. FM always had native USB 3. the user's who need PCIe 3 more so are the power users... who don't buy FM systems.

    All new CPUs and boards should be FM2.
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    belardo , July 29, 2013 10:24 AM
    This is one of the factors that makes AMD unattractive. different socket types. AM socket should have been retired over a year ago. FM always had native USB 3. the user's who need PCIe 3 more so are the power users... who don't buy FM systems.

    All new CPUs and boards should be FM2.
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    Wisecracker , July 29, 2013 10:28 AM

    Gee ... trolling an AMD thread.

    And folks think there is nothing new under the Sun

    (rolling eyes)

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    silverblue , July 29, 2013 10:39 AM
    Hardly. Intel have historically done worse over the past few years; 775 was a shining light in comparison.

    Perhaps all AMD parts will move to FM2+ (there's rumours that there won't even be an FX Steamroller, but I'd take that with all the salt of the Dead Sea), but we'll have to wait on that one.
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    master_chen , July 29, 2013 1:12 PM
    Decent specs, UGLY design and color scheme...typical Asus all the way.
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    alextheblue , July 29, 2013 7:13 PM
    Quote:
    amd mainstream and highend users will have to wait until steamroller fx series for pci-ex 3.0 to be officially supported. kind of backwards how amd releases their products the affordable ones get the latest tech while the mainstream and highend will get it later.
    Probably only 5% of AMD systems are AM sockets now. If you're ONLY factoring in Desktops, especially DIY machines, then the numbers change dramatically. But guess what? That's not mainstream anymore, and therefore AM3+ is not mainstream.

    It absolutely makes perfect sense to prioritize mainstream, entry-level, and now ultra-low-power markets. In other words put the latest into their APUs and their supporting chipsets first. I don't like it, but it's only logical. Realistically, if they didn't do this, they would die off. Even if they do, they've got an uphill battle, but there are many fronts where they're doing well enough.

    I still don't have to like it.
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    chicofehr , July 29, 2013 7:31 PM
    16GB of ram per slot? how do they test to make sure that it supports it when pretty much anything over 8gb per stick is buffered ECC? Also FM2+ seems like the high end chipset now as the 990fx doesn't support pcie or usb 3.0 yet.
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    InvalidError , July 29, 2013 8:14 PM
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    Seriously mITX..

    mITX only has one PCIe slot. These boards are mATX with four PCIe slots; two of which being x16 physical and x??x?? electrical.

    Since APUs are generally intended to low/mid-range PCs that may not have a discrete GPU or any other add-in boards whatsoever, mATX seems perfectly adequate to me. I doubt many people are interested in running SLI/CFX on an FM2 board with APU; they would likely be far more interested in AM3 boards and higher-end CPUs.
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    Soul_keeper , July 29, 2013 9:34 PM
    I want a full atx version with 4 modules :) 
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    rwinches , July 30, 2013 8:33 AM
    Quote:
    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.

    Yeah, not quite, for every 10 c below rated max 105 c you get double the lifespan. So no worries about them not lasting.
    The electro-conductive polymer capacitor does not use electrolyte.
    Regular SS caps are rated 2k hours max temp.
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    rwinches , July 30, 2013 9:00 AM
    <duplicate>
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    Mitrovah , August 4, 2013 7:06 PM
    so if thse are being shown on the website does that mean these motherboards are being shipped to vendors soon?
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    Mitrovah , August 10, 2013 5:41 PM
    So If they are now on the website how soon will they be available for sale on new egg??