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Asus Announces Two Socket AM1 Motherboards

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Asus joins the race with two new socket AM1 motherboards.

Asus has announced two new motherboards – the AM1M-A and the AM1I-A. These motherboards, as their names indicate, are both based on AMD's new AM1 platform. Both of the motherboards are largely identical, with a couple of differences in format and connectivity.

The AM1M-A is based on the Micro-ATX format, though it is a little bit narrower and is missing one expansion slot. The AM1I-A is a Mini-ITX board. The little boards are rather simple, but carry everything you'll need in a basic PC.

Both of the boards are equipped with two DDR3 DIMM slots and carry two SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports. The Mini-ITX board features a single PCI-Express x4 slot with an open end, so you'll still be able to plug in a graphics card; you'll just be limited to four lanes rather than sixteen.

The bigger board comes with a full-size PCI-Express x16 slot, as well as two more PCI-Express x1 slots for added expansion.

With regard to rear I/O connectivity, both boards are largely identical but have a couple of differences. Both of the boards feature two rear-accessible USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a DVI port, HDMI port, VGA port, along with stereo audio and Gigabit Ethernet. The Micro-ATX board features a single legacy PS/2 connector, while the Mini-ITX version carries an extra along one with a Serial COM port. Overall, one could say that the Mini-ITX version is targeted more at kiosks and embedded applications.

There was no word on pricing or availability, but given AMD's objectives with the AM1 platform, we can safely say that these boards will be very affordable.

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    panderamon , March 16, 2014 8:36 AM
    if you write two socket AM1 board chances are people like me are going to think "oh a AM1 board that we can put two CPU's on that's nice"
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    sykozis , March 16, 2014 9:01 AM
    When will processors for these boards actually become available?
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    anonymous_user , March 16, 2014 9:04 AM
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    if you write two socket AM1 board chances are people like me are going to think "oh a AM1 board that we can put two CPU's on that's nice"
    The proper phrase for that would be "dual socket".
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    waethorn , March 16, 2014 9:36 AM
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    When will processors for these boards actually become available?
    Later this month and early April.
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    waethorn , March 16, 2014 9:39 AM
    If you run one of these with 16GB of RAM, you could run a RemoteFX compatible server off of one of these setups.Do any of the AM1 boards support OC'd RAM?
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    11796pcs , March 16, 2014 2:56 PM
    Typical Microsoft, late to the party and now trying to make up for lost time. I'm not saying Windows Phone should have been free from the beginning, but Microsoft should have wizened up years ago when they saw their market share stagnating.
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    Damon Palovaara , March 16, 2014 4:36 PM
    I clicked on this thinking there was going to be a dual-socket AM1 MoBo, much deceived
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    shovenose2 , March 16, 2014 5:32 PM
    AM1? isn't that Socket 939? lol
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    loosescrews , March 16, 2014 10:55 PM
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    The proper phrase for that would be "dual socket".


    Since when has Tomshardware ever cared about proper terminology?
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    rwinches , March 16, 2014 11:22 PM
    Definitely Budget setups as they only support single channel DDR3, seems like a legacy upgrade. They even support XP 32.
    Still, I just want to build one anyway.
    Here's the link to ASUS

    AM1M-A
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AM1MA/
    Specs
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AM1MA/#specifications

    AM1IA
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AM1IA/
    Specs
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AM1IA/#specifications
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    ubercake , March 17, 2014 5:38 AM
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    if you write two socket AM1 board chances are people like me are going to think "oh a AM1 board that we can put two CPU's on that's nice"
    I thought the same thing, but the lack of a hyphen should have clued me in.
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    lothdk , March 17, 2014 5:42 AM
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    if you write two socket AM1 board chances are people like me are going to think "oh a AM1 board that we can put two CPU's on that's nice"
    Guess I too have to bow my head in shame and admit that I too initially thought it would be a dual-socket board.
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    waethorn , March 17, 2014 10:09 AM
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    Typical Microsoft, late to the party and now trying to make up for lost time. I'm not saying Windows Phone should have been free from the beginning, but Microsoft should have wizened up years ago when they saw their market share stagnating.
    Wrong article, mate. You want the one above this one.
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