Biostar Hi-Fi A88W FM2+ Motherboard Packs Headphone-Amp

Biostar has unleashed a new motherboard – the Hi-Fi A88W 3D FM2+. This motherboard is built to support AMD's A-Series APUs and has a number of interesting features.

For starters, the motherboard features two PCIe x16 slots, two PCIe x1 slots, as well as two legacy PCI slots. Aboard users will also find 4 DDR3 DIMM slots, as well as a handful of SATA3 ports. There are also a number of USB 2.0 front headers, as well as a USB 3.0 header. Rear I/O connectivity is handled by a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a quadruplet of USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, DVI, HDMI, an old-school PS/2 port, as well as the standard set of surround-sound audio jacks.

The key feature, which is also mentioned in the product name, is the on-board 'Hi-Fi' goody. One of the things on-board is a headphone amplifier, which will allow driving of headphones with higher impedances with greater control, as well as higher volume levels.

Biostar gave no word on pricing or availability.

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  • edogawa
    While it's nice motherboard manufactures try to make on-board audio better, people will still use sound cards or external DACS instead if they want "Hi-Fi audio." I doubt their audio implementations are very good.These days the lines are blurring between motherboards and they have to start come up with distinguishing features.
  • teh_gerbil
    As above, it's nice to see actually useful additions being touted by Motherboard manufacturers. Onboard audio is typically utterly piss poor, but most people don't see a sound card as a necessity but there is a large uprising in people wanting clean, crisp sound. Good on Biostar!
  • K2N hater
    OK I really want to like their solution but I just can't get the picture of an audiophile going cheap with FM2+ (instead of AM3+ or Intel) and with such huge ATX size... Perhaps someone willing to save on PC components in order to spend more on the speakers?