Page 1:Four Motherboards For AMD's Kaveri-Based APUs
Page 2:ASRock FM2A88X+ Killer
Page 3:FM2A88X+ Killer Firmware
Page 4:Tuning With ASRock F-Stream
Page 5:Additional F-Stream Tools
Page 6:Asus A88X-Pro
Page 7:A88X-Pro Firmware
Page 8:Tuning With Asus DIP 4
Page 9:Additional AI Suite 3 Tools
Page 10:Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4
Page 11:F2A88X-UP4 Firmware
Page 12:Gigabyte Software
Page 13:MSI A88X-G45 Gaming
Page 14:A88X-G45 Gaming Firmware
Page 15:Tuning With MSI Command Center
Page 16:Additional MSI Software
Page 17:Test Hardware And Benchmark Configuration
Page 18:Results: Synthetic Tests
Page 19:Results: Media Conversion And Content Creation
Page 20:Results: Productivity And File Compression
Page 21:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 23:Which A88X Motherboard Is Best?
XMP is an Intel-backed technology for specifying more aggressive DRAM settings through a small amount of flash memory on the memory module. In general, Asus customers who want to take advantage of that feature and overclock other components must first choose XMP mode from the Ai Overclock Tuner menu before making any changes.
Asus has branded XMP for AMD as D.O.C.P (DRAM overclocking profiles), and its application of our memory’s DDR3-3000 profile at least allows us to use AMD’s top 24x memory multiplier together with a little extra reference clock. Unfortunately, the A88X-Pro tries to pair that multiplier with a non-bootable 125 MHz reference clock. After starting over at 100 MHz and working our way up, we eventually reached a data rate of 2542 MT/s.
Unlike ASRock's board, the A88X-Pro never breached our processor’s thermal limit, even after pushing the core to an approximate 1.45 V using the board’s 1.425 V setting. Better still, it continued to run a few degrees cooler, while also reaching 4.55 GHz.
With memory reporting moved to a different screen, the DRAM timings menu starts off with actual settings. Primary and secondary timings take up the first page.
Scrolling down a page reveals tertiary timings and signal controls.
Digi+ Power Control adds load-line calibration to reduce droop under load, plus voltage regulator and current limit controls.
- Four Motherboards For AMD's Kaveri-Based APUs
- ASRock FM2A88X+ Killer
- FM2A88X+ Killer Firmware
- Tuning With ASRock F-Stream
- Additional F-Stream Tools
- Asus A88X-Pro
- A88X-Pro Firmware
- Tuning With Asus DIP 4
- Additional AI Suite 3 Tools
- Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4
- F2A88X-UP4 Firmware
- Gigabyte Software
- MSI A88X-G45 Gaming
- A88X-G45 Gaming Firmware
- Tuning With MSI Command Center
- Additional MSI Software
- Test Hardware And Benchmark Configuration
- Results: Synthetic Tests
- Results: Media Conversion And Content Creation
- Results: Productivity And File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Which A88X Motherboard Is Best?