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?
A88X-G45 Gaming Firmware
The A88X-G45 Gaming pushed our A10-7850K sample to 4.6 GHz at 1.45 volts with little effort. Memory overclocking wasn’t as simple; our DDR3-3000 modules only reached 2292 MT/s, in spite of the memory controller’s DDR3-2400 capability.
The 1.45 V setting took a little guesswork though, since the board only offers voltage offset. Full-load temperatures several degrees below the CPU’s thermal threshold are the best indicator that CPU-Z is reporting accurate figures for this motherboard.
The “Click BIOS 4” overclocking menu is fairly dense, making it easy to find the settings most overclockers access frequently. It even has DRAM reference voltage on the same main menu as main voltage, clock, and ratio controls.
Primary, secondary, and tertiary timings are all packed into a single page of settings. Unfortunately, the board is programmed to use tighter-than XMP timings if the ratio drops below XMP values. That meant we had to manually configure our RAM’s rated timings in order to get as far as DDR3-2292.
The Memory-Z submenu helped guide us towards timings that supported our RAM at frequencies above DDR3-2133.
- 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?