Biostar Hi-Fi A88W 3D (AMD FM2+)

Biostar Hi-Fi A88W 3D (AMD FM2+)

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Introduction


Just a few weeks ago, AMD unleashed a brand-new set of APUs onto the consumer marketplace. Offering increased performance for those looking for that little bit of extra over the previously launched designs I personally like a lot, there are obviously some new chipsets to go along with those APUs. With a multitude of boards available from every brand, I will also cover several of the board products ready for your new or old APU over the coming weeks.

Our first such board is from Biostar. Over the last few years, Biostar has drastically changed the way it meets the demands of the marketplace by producing a slew of products with a focus on affordability and superb audio reproduction for every socket. Biostar's Hi-Fi series has seen several different iterations since its launch so very long ago, and today, I think it provides a good alternative for those on a budget who aren't as feature-focused as some enthusiasts like myself can be.

The Biostar Hi-Fi A88W 3D features support for AMD's FM2 and FM2+ APUs, so it can still be paired with some of the older chips out there to provide a decent base for a lightweight desktop build that is also easy on your wallet.



Specifications

Specifications
MANUFACTURER:Biostar
MODEL:Hi-Fi A88W 3D
CPU SUPPORT:2nd Gen AMD A Series and Athlon Processors for the FM2+ Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 6 Phases
FCH Power: 1 Phase
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET:AMD A88X
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed APU/CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2400+
BIOS:AMI EFI BIOS with 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (x16/x4)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
2 x PCI slot
HDD CONNECTIVITY:8 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (AMD A88X)
NETWORKING:Realtek RTL8111F PCIe Gigabit LAN
PORTS:8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at back panel, 4 at front panel)
4 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at back panel, 2 at front panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port with 6 audio jacks
1 x HDMI port
1 x VGA port
1 x DVI port
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
AUDIO:Puro Audio HD CODEC
FAN HEADERS:5 x 4-pin PWM
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • uEFI GUI Interface BIOS
  • THX TruStudio Pro
  • BIO-Remote2
  • BIO-Remote
  • Rapid Switch2
  • Rapid Debug3
  • TOverclocker OC software
  • Green Power Utility
  • Charger Booster
  • Hi-Fi Power
  • Hi-Fi Ground
  • Hi-Fi AMP
  • Hi-Fi Cap
  • Hi-Fi Resistor
  • MultiChannelCalibration(MCC)
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