Wednesday, July 24th 2013

ASUS Launches World's First Motherboards for AMD FM2+ APUs

ASUS today announced the new A88XM-A and A55BM-A/USB3 motherboards, the first from any manufacturer to support new Socket FM2+ APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) from AMD. The A88XM-A with AMD A88X chipset and A55BM-A/USB3 with A55 chipset are both Micro-ATX motherboards for existing AMD 'Richland' and 'Trinity' FM2 APUs, and are hardware-ready for upcoming AMD 'Kaveri' FM2+ APUs that support DirectX 11.1 and PCI Express 3.0 natively. ASUS is committed to supporting the latest in PC technology. The new FM2+ motherboards offer customers the very latest in motherboard design, with the added flexibility of both backward and forward compatibility with AMD APUs.
Exclusive ASUS technology
The ASUS A88XM-A and A55BM-A/USB3 motherboards support Kaveri's new PCI Express 3.0 interface with a PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slot and feature exclusive technologies for enhanced performance and reliability. USB 3.0 Boost technology gives data transfer rates up to 1.7 times faster than ordinary USB 3.0 with industry-standard UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) devices. USB 3.0 Boost also incorporates an optimized 'turbo' mode for data transfer speed improvements from any standard USB 3.0 device.
Both motherboards also feature an easy-to-use UEFI BIOS, Fan Xpert fan control for a quiet environment and increased cooling efficiency, and exclusive ASUS 5X Protection technology for enhanced reliability and durability. DIGI+ VRM voltage regulation ensures precise digital control over power delivery to the processor for reduced energy consumption and enhanced stability, while resettable fuses protect I/O ports and DIMM slots from short circuits and voltage spikes.

Electrostatic-discharge guards also protect sensitive components from electromagnetic interference and high-quality solid capacitors, industry-rated for a lifespan for over 50 years of continuous use under typical operating conditions (at 65 degrees Centigrade), last more than twice as long as traditional electrolytic capacitors. Additionally, chromium oxide-plated stainless steel rear I/O subjected to 72-hour spray salt endurance tests for superior corrosion resistance and an increased lifespan.

Full AMD FM2+ motherboard range planned
The ASUS A88XM-A and A55BM-A/USB3 motherboards will be joined later by more models. Full details on the entire ASUS FM2+ motherboard range will be released later in the year.

Pricing and Availability
Pricing and availability for the ASUS A88XM-A and A55BM-A/USB3 vary by region.
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30 Comments on ASUS Launches World's First Motherboards for AMD FM2+ APUs

#1
de.das.dude
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i hope there will be plenty of mITX
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#2
Absolution
Q. Will there be any FM2+ 'Bolton' mini-ITX motherboards from Gigabyte?

A. We are currently offering a new F2A885XN-WIFI board.Check it out here (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4611#ov)We showed it at Computex earlier this year and will get around to announcing officially it at some point in the very near future.

Q. Will we see any mATX AM3+ motherboards from Gigabyte?

A. Regarding AM3+ in Micro-ATX, I'm pretty sure that we don't currently see sufficient demand. AM3+ is pretty much squeezed into an enthusiast space where ATX seems a better fit, not least because it provides better multi-GPU options.
Seems like Gigabyte plans to release FM2 itx.

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newtekie1
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Jstn7477 said:
AM2+ supported all AM2 processors, AM3+ supported all AM3 processors, FM2+ supports all FM2 processors. The one difference is the AM3 Phenom II processors that are operable in AM2-AM3+ boards since they have dual DDR2/DDR3 memory controllers.
939 didn't support 754, AM2 didn't support 939, AM3 didn't support AM2+, FM2 didn't support FM1.

So, in the last 10 years, more often than not the new socket didn't support the previous.
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cadaveca
My name is Dave
newtekie1 said:
new socket didn't support the previous.
no, but there has always been some sort of board launch prior to the CPUs. AND you could always put the new chips in older sockets, although often with some power features disabled.


That's the thing...AMD's platform hasn't changed much since 939, even still using roughly the same number of pins. what HAS changed, though, is power delivery. Chipsets have been pin-compatible for AGES.
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newtekie1
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cadaveca said:
no, but there has always been some sort of board launch prior to the CPUs. AND you could always put the new chips in older sockets, although often with some power features disabled.


That's the thing...AMD's platform hasn't changed much since 939, even still using roughly the same number of pins. what HAS changed, though, is power delivery. Chipsets have been pin-compatible for AGES.
That is true. And what seems to be happening is that AMD is on a tick/tock release schedule with their motherboards(while Intel is on it with their processors). It seems AMD releases a socket, then releases a minor update to the socket. I'm not sure which I like better...I do know I like AMD's other practices better at this point though. Though AMD locking BCLK overclocking on the FM2 platform really sucks.
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