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ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 880G
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066
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Learn more about the ASUS M5A88-M

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
M5A88-M

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
AM3+
CPU Type
FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series

Chipsets

Chipset
AMD 880G
South Bridge
AMD SB850

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066
Maximum Memory Supported
16GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
1
PCI Express x1
2
PCI Slots
1

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
ATI Radeon HD 4250

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
8 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x parallel port connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x Core Unlocker switch(es)

Physical Spec

Form Factor
Micro ATX
Dimensions
9.6" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
AM3+ CPU Support Ready

Dual Intelligent Processors - TPU & EPU

Core Unlocker - Unlock the Potential, Turbocharge your Performance!

GPU Boost Instant - iGPU Level Up!

True USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s Support - fully unleash performance

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the ASUS M5A88-M

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  • Jeff H.
  • 1/16/2014 4:10:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAM3+ does work fresh out the box

Pros: AM3+ worked right out of the box vishera 8 core 4.0 (4.2turbo) fresh build is the way to go ssd 16gb DDR playa awwwww yeah

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: get some

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  • Martin W.
  • 12/2/2013 10:07:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Very Good Board

Pros: This board has been running strong for a year and a half. Latest BIOS updates allow use of Vishera in this board.

Cons: It was a moderately priced board around $120 at time of purchase and did not come with any sort of VRM cooling.

Other Thoughts: I hope ASUS continues to make solid mid range boards like these.

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  • Alan T.
  • 10/22/2013 6:34:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWouldn't buy again....

Pros: Was all that I needed for a work computer, I thought.

Cons: I had this motherboard about 6 months and then I started acting up.

Other Thoughts: I called ASUS support and they were actually great. He tried to help me with the problem but couldn't. He set me up with an RMA and I sent it back and they "fixed" it and sent it back. I didn't like the lack of communication after i sent back the motherboard. I had no Ideal when they sent it back or what was done to it. I would work as far as my being able to get into windows and work but I couldn't get into the bios at all. At first I had to leave everything disconnected and start the boot up one it accessed window, then I could connect my mouse/keyboard and everything else. one of the tech suggested there was a short somewhere but I took out the M/B and set it on a pc of cardboard and started the system and had the same issues. I am attempting to get another computer built with some older parts just to get up and going and then I hope to get the board RMA'ed again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am sorry you are having issues getting into the BIOS of the computer. Have you tried connecting your keyboard to the each of the system’s USB ports? Also, have you tried accessing the BIOS by using a PS/2 connected keyboard? If you are able to get into the BIOS by changing the keyboard and/or plugging the keyboard into a different USB port, it could give clues as to what is the problem. If you don't mind, I would like to investigate this more. Please contact me through email, including any troubleshooting steps you tried so far, and we can figure this out. Your reference number for this case is 3090488.

For support information, please visit http://support.asus.com. For service, visit http://service.asus.com. For motherboard warranty, visit http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!Motherboard%20Warranty/c1c20; Refurbished products/accessories: http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!refurbished-warranty/c16us. For RMA status, visit: http://am.eservice.asus.com/rmaweb/search/rmCustomerQueryAction.do?.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • John P.
  • 8/30/2013 12:40:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Linux Box

Pros: got this for a Linux builder and he very happy with it has mepis on it and never a problem he also runs XP in a VM on it and it runs great he could not be happier highly recommends

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: this mobo
Gskill 2x4GB 1600
Liteon DVD burner
WD 320GB HDD
Rosewill 430W PSU
Rosewill Card reader
Rosewill Challenger case

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  • Vicki J.
  • 6/4/2013 9:52:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS ROCKS

Pros: Awesome board out of the box all the connections I needed would use again in another build in an instant

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: A lot of people bag on ASUS but I have NEVER gotten a bad board from them I can not say the same for Asrock MSI or gigabyte boards have had trouble with all. Buy this board you wont regret it.

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  • ROBERT A.
  • 3/20/2013 9:52:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsComponents burned after 5.5 months of usage

Pros: Built-in video, all modern features supported

Cons: Died after 5.5 months of usage. One morning I found my desktop PC completely stopped. Few attempts to bring it alive failed. PSU clicked few times and nothing happens yet when trying to plug power cord and switch MB on.
After that somehow it back to live and worked another month without issues. Yesterday I found PC off again, after that I checked different PSUs and MB was dead with all of them. Then after smell appeared I've found burned components on MB - one small resistor. Now submitted request to their support - hope they will replace this with another model.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We're sorry to hear about the resistor has failed on the motherboard. Please proceed with RMA. If you have any questions with repair or replacement, the motherboard, need additional support or service, please feel free to contact me below. Thank you.

For support information, please visit http://support.asus.com. For service, visit http://service.asus.com. For motherboard warranty, visit http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!Motherboard%20Warranty/c1c20; Refurbished products/accessories: http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!refurbished-warranty/c16us. For RMA status, visit: http://am.eservice.asus.com/rmaweb/search/rmCustomerQueryAction.do?.

Regards,
Benson
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-benson@asus.com

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  • Sherry T.
  • 2/23/2013 3:12:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMany features

Pros: Contrary to what others say, I believe this board identifies most to all cpus. This board arrived with BIOS 1401, which was updated by Asus at the time of 9/11/2012. So, if your CPU entered the market before this time, it will run on this board.

I have an AMD FX-8120 Zambezi @ 3.1 ghz -- works great out of the box! In other words, I did not need to flash my bios.

Flashing bios is very easy with asus' easyflash. I put bios on usb, load easyflash, and flash. That's it -- no dos! I now have Bios 1601. Everything is rock stable.

Cons: Lan drivers work fine, but problem exists after disabling and re-enabling. Lan disables without problems, but after re-enable, lan status is stuck at "identifying," and I get no internet connection. I need to log off or restart computer to fix, so, this appears to be a driver problem. consequently, i tried to update my lan drivers manually (directly from Realtek), and I was successful. But this did not fix my problem. I contacted Asus and they told me to downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7; I am not happy.

Asus is also vague about their lan specifications. This may be an indicator that something is wrong.

Also, another disadvantage is this board takes about 8 seconds to boot to bios. I was told by a computer technician that this is normal for some boards. This is a minor problem.

Other Thoughts: Yes, all rumors are true: this board can max out at 32 GB of ram -- not 16 gb as described. I have 4 x 8 gb DDR3 1600 corsair vengeance. IMHO, this is a big win.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your feedback on this motherboard. Regarding the LAN issue, it is likely to be driver / OS related. Please try uninstalling drivers, reboot, and reinstall the latest version. For faster boot, you may try disabling onboard devices that you don't use and change boot priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me below.

For support information, please visit http://support.asus.com. For service, visit http://service.asus.com. For motherboard warranty, visit http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!Motherboard%20Warranty/c1c20; Refurbished products/accessories: http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!refurbished-warranty/c16us. For RMA status, visit: http://am.eservice.asus.com/rmaweb/search/rmCustomerQueryAction.do?.

Regards
Benson
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-benson@asus.com

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  • Brian L.
  • 2/8/2013 6:32:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast. Capable. Cheap.

Pros: Fast onboard video. 4 memory slots. USB3. Six SATA ports. And ZERO electrolytic caps!!

Cons: None. Been really pleased with this board.

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  • Bruce B.
  • 1/15/2013 4:27:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: great board with great features, and has a great price. love the easy turbo boost settings and easy overclock management

Cons: none yet

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  • James D.
  • 1/11/2013 5:03:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for the buck. . .

Pros: Great motherboard overall. Solid stable and full of options.

Cons: Bios can be a bit confusing. Owners manual could rival some novels. If you don't know what you are doing, you could end up with one big headache. Remember, keep it simple and safe if your not one to have alot of overclocking experience.

Other Thoughts: If you really want to unlock this motherboards potential, you'll absolutely have to go big, SSD, 16 gigs of ram, 8-core processor, and a really big graphics card. Otherwise, you won't see the high benchmarks this board claims it can produce. Oh, and lots of fans. . .

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