Monday, October 23rd 2017

ASUS Intros Expedition A320M Gaming Motherboard

ASUS introduced the Expedition A320M Gaming, an entry-level socket AM4 motherboard designed for the rigors of gaming iCafes (yes, they do exist in the developing world). The board covers all the essential connectivity needed for a gaming rig, and comes with high-endurance electrical components. It also comes with certain anti-theft measures that make it tougher to steal memory modules and graphics cards. Built in the micro-ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. A simple 6-phase VRM conditions power for the CPU.

The socket AM4 CPU is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, and the board's lone PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. A PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and an open-ended x4 slot make for the rest of the expansion. Storage connectivity includes a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, and four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, from which two are wired to the AM4 socket. Network connectivity is care of a single 1 GbE interface, driven by a Realtek RTL8111H controller, while the 6-channel HD audio is backed by a basic Realtek ALC887 CODEC with audio-grade capacitors and ground-layer isolation. USB connectivity includes six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, two via headers). The company didn't reveal pricing.
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4 Comments on ASUS Intros Expedition A320M Gaming Motherboard

#1
Thefumigator
Looks amazing. I'm in love with my msi grenade, but this one looks much better.
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Dj-ElectriC
...?!

Ew. Why can't an entry board look respectable for god's sake.
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#3
EntropyZ
This borders on being the ugliest motherboard ever. Though not as bad as days of Socket 775/AM2 where I/O would be differently colored all over the place.

There's gotta be more motherboards that have better onboard sound rather than the visual tacky accents everywhere. This is a budget motherboard though, or it is supposed to be.

And that 8-pin ATX supplemental connector is totally unnecessary for a board like this. 4-pin is enough. It can't even overclock. :D
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