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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.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.