AMD Launches First FM2+ Motherboards For Upcoming Kaveri APUs
Before getting to know the boards themselves, it should be noted that FM2+ socket is backwards compatible with Richland and Trinity APUs while also offering support for the next generation Kaveri APUs. This would allow users currently using the Richland or Trinity A-Series to upgrade to the FM2+ platform with ease. The FM2+ boards by ASUS feature their latest gold and black color theme which was also featured on their Z87 legacy lineup.
The A88XM-A features the A88X chipset and a 3+2 Phase PWM supply that is powered through a 4-Pin connector providing juice to the FM2+ socket. There are four DDR3 DIMM slots on the motherboard which support memory with frequencies of upto 2133 MHz and 64 GB capacity. The motherboard features an DiGi+ VRM with solid state capacitors to provide greater stability and efficiency. For storage, the motherboard offers six SATA 6 Gbps ports while expansion slots include one PCI-e 3.0 x16, PCI-e 3.0 x1 and a legacy PCI slot. The I/O panel includes 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports along with HDMI, VGA, DVI ports, audio jack, Gigabit Ethernet connector and a pair of PS/2 ports.
The second board in the ASUS FM2+ motherboards lineup is the A55BM-A featuring the A55 chipset and a 3+1 Phase DiGi+ VRM. The FM2+ socket is powered by a 4-Pin connector, motherboard offers four DDR3 DIMM slots offering support for upto 32 GB of memory with frequencies of 2133 MHz. Storage includes 3 SATA 3 Gbps ports while expansion slots are offered in one PCI-e 3.0 x16, 3.0 x1 and a legacy PCI slot. I/O panel includes 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports along with HDMI, VGA, DVI ports, audio jack, Gigabit Ethernet connector and a pair of PS/2 ports.
While these are the first motherboards based around the FM2+ socket, these certainly aren’t the top boards in ASUS’s FM2+ motherboards lineup as we have already seen the A88XM-Pro FM2+ board that was display by ASUS at Computex 2013 and more are to arrive before AMD launches Kaveri by the end of this year. To learn more about AMD’s Kaveri APUs, head over to the page here.
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.