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

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AMD FM2+ Chipset

AMD launched many new chipsets to go along with their new APUs, if for no other reason than to support the fancy new AM2+ socket. Featuring a refined power delivery layout and better video output capabilities because of the new GPU's abilities, the new FM2+ chipsets from AMD offer the same basic features as past APU platforms, including integrated USB 3.0 control and support for SATA 6 Gb/s to all provided SATA ports.

The AMD A88X supports eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports with FIS-based switching in total and adds CrossfireX support. Targeting gamers and enthusiasts as well as those who like to keep up with the latest and greatest in technology, AMD intends you to pair this chipset up with AMD A10 and AMD A8 APUs and their "K"-level, "unlocked" APUs.

Each chipset, or Fusion Controller Hub (FCH for short), has a specific purpose and, thereby, a specific target market. Those who don't need as much can pick a chipset that doesn't give them as much functionality while saving money through features that chipset lacks. It looks as though you might get exactly what you pay for. It will be interesting to see how AMD's board partners assess AMD's FM2+ APUs and what products they design for them. Biostar has sent me their "Puro Audio" FM2+ offering with the Biostar Hi-Fi A88W 3D. The Hi-Fi A88W 3D is a ATX-sized board capable of both AMD Dual Graphics and straight-up Crossfire:

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