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?
Tuning With MSI Command Center
Users who prefer not to use the A88X-G45 Gaming’s adequate firmware might instead choose MSI Command Center for tweaking within Windows. It opens to a CPU overclocking menu with full multiplier and reference clock control.
Fan curve adjustment is also found under Command Center’s CPU tab. The program includes an algorithm for custom-setting fan speed to keep it within MSI-defined thermal parameters.
The tabs aren’t all that useful, since scrolling to the side is required to reach additional CPU controls, such as voltage. It’s possible to scroll through the entire range of settings without clicking a new tab.
Scrolling past the non-functional DRAM settings, we reach GPU ratio and voltage controls. Unfortunately, those sliders are locked.
MSI’s RAM disk utility is strangely found among its overclocking tools. Fortunately, it works!
MSI OC Genie wouldn't work with our APU, but that's probably because the Kaveri-based part is relatively new. Like Gigabyte, MSI continues to polish its existing software to add compatibility with new hardware.
Located at Command Center’s lower edge, the “Advanced” tab exposes several pop-up menus. Additional voltage controls are found here, along with redundant fan settings.
Command Center also includes data logging for voltage, fan speed, and temperature.
MSI even offers a mobile app to adjust Command Center settings remotely.
- 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?