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ASUS A88XM-PLUS/CSM FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
  • Athlon/A- Series (FM2+)
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2250(OC)
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Learn more about the ASUS A88XM-PLUS/CSM

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
A88XM-PLUS/CSM

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
FM2+ / FM2
CPU Type
Athlon/A- Series (FM2+)

Chipsets

Chipset
AMD A88X (Bolton D4)

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 2400(OC)/2250(OC)/2200(OC)/2133/1866/1600/1333
Maximum Memory Supported
64GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
1
PCI Express 2.0 x16
1 (x4 mode)
PCI Express x1
1
PCI Slots
1

Storage Devices

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

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
None

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC887
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

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

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard
1 x PS/2 mouse
Video Ports
1 x DVI
1 x D-Sub
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
Audio Ports
3 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x TPM header
1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
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 GPU Boost switch(es)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)

Physical Spec

Form Factor
Micro ATX
Dimensions
9.6" x 9.2"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
GPU Boost -Unlock integrated graphics performance for up to 30% boost

ASUS 5X PROTECTION - All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability, and durability

Fan Xpert 2 - Comprehensive controls for the perfect cool and quiet balance

New UEFI BIOS - Friendlier, easier, and more intuitive with helpful info added

USB 3.0 Boost (UASP Support) - 170% faster transfer speeds than traditional USB 3.0

ASUS 5X Protection :
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM - 4 + 2 Phase digital power design
- ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection - Short circuit damage prevention
- ASUS ESD Guards - Enhanced ESD protection
- ASUS High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid Capacitors - 2.5x long lifespan with excellent durability
- ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O - 3x more durable corrosion-resistant coating

ASUS EPU :
- EPU

ASUS Exclusive Features :
- TurboV EVO
- GPU Boost
- MemOK!
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
- Network iControl
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution & MOS Heatsink
- ASUS Fan Xpert 2

ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2

ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Slot

Packaging

Package Contents
ASUS A88XM-PLUS/CSM Motherboard
User's manual
I/O Shield
2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the ASUS A88XM-PLUS/CSM

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  • Drew B.
  • 3/19/2014 9:03:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: * No issues with my Kaveri (A10-7850K) using this board
* I for one, like the color scheme as it matches my gold ADATA ram
* Supports 2400 DDR3
* Super easy to update the bios (which you'll need to do for a Kaveri build)

Cons: * Doesn't seem to have any sensors recognized by lm-sensors, but you can see accurate temperature information in the UEFI.

Other Thoughts: After reading all of the reviews on here I was really nervous that this case wouldn't work with the Kaveri APU I bought with it. Out of the box it was running BIOS version 0601 which does not support the A10-7850K. However, I had prepared a flash drive with BIOS revision 1102 in advance and was able to get into the UEFI and flash the BIOS before even attempting to boot the OS. With revision 1102 I have not encountered issues with the A10-7850K.

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  • Wyn R.
  • 3/16/2014 11:21:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks like a charm

Pros: Supports the new Kaveri APUs (see other thoughts), newer sockets, ton of SATA III ports, Excellent for HTPC/Gaming rig, Easy to use BIOS. Easy to OC CPU, GPU (onboard button) and RAM.

Cons: None really. Mouse issues in BIOS. Can move the cursor but not click things sometimes.

Other Thoughts: The print on the box states the board requires an update to support the new APUs. It's an easy update to do as well.

Prior to your build, go to the ASUS website and download the latest BIOS version for this board. Put the .CAP file on a USB stick. Seat the processor, and hook the PSU you up and flip it on.

Go into the BIOS and go to Tools. Look for your drive and flash the update. I did this, finished my build and booted right up with my A10-7700 onboard. I didn't require another chip to do so. My build has been running solid for two weeks now. I also had no issues with video via HDMI (haven't tried DVI).

Wesena e6-HTPC case
ASUS A88SM-Plus/CSM
Kaveri A10-7700 (OC'd to 4.1Ghz)
XFX Radeon R7 250 DDR3 2 Gig (In Dual Graphics mode w/ APU)
Team Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2133
Crucial M500 240GB SSD (Boot)
WD 1TB HDD and WD 3TB HDD
Rosewill 700 Watt PSU (replacing w/ a modular PSU tomorrow)
Cooler Master Vortex CPU Cooler
Windows 8.1
Vizio 60" 1080p LED-LCD via HDMI

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  • JUSTIN M.
  • 3/16/2014 7:24:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAlmost went crazy

Pros: It runs kaveri, with a LOT of coaxing. I had an a10-5800k before. Popped it in. Installed asus aisuite 3 to check for bios updates, it came with one dated sept 2013 and said none were needed. Ok, I thought I was good. Installed and had the aforementioned issues. I noticed the bios version. WELL apparently asus website is down for ALL FM2 BOARDS. So, did a google search and found that at softpedia they like to host bios versions. Got the latest one # 1102 dated feb 4 2014. Installed it and TA DA!. So, minus an egg for not current bios. Minus an egg for not having a support page even available. Minus an egg for not having tech support available. Minus an egg cause it made me miss my skype time. Plus an egg for finally working. Plus an egg for loading the 2400mhz cas 10 D.O.C.P. profile 1 and working without any problems.

Cons: A headache with the bios that was not necessary if the support page was actually working

Other Thoughts: My system
Asus a88xm-plus/csm
Kaveri 7850K
Crucial m500
16gb G.skill trident x 2400 mhz. cas 10

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you had issues finding the BIOS update for motherboard. I am glad, however, that you were able to find the correct update. If any issues arise with the motherboard in the future, please let me know through email. Also keep in mind that you have 24-7 technical support provided by ASUS. 3534326.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Walter B.
  • 3/14/2014 8:53:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent layout for my HTPC

Pros: The layout of the connectors was perfect for using in my silverstone ML04B HTPC case. I do NOT recommend 90 degree SATA III connectors though for use with this case, you just don't have the room when it's packed. I have a BR drive, two 3TB WD Green drives, 120GB Sandisk SSD, Silverstone modular PSU, 2x4GB DDR3-2133 RAM, and everything connects well to the mobo thanks to the layout.

BIOS update was quick easy and the BIOS interface was very nice. I downloaded the most recent BIOS from the ASUS website, unzipped it to a FAT32 thumb drive, plugged it in the USB port and just clicked to it from within the BIOS. Update done. I very easily clocked the RAM to 2133 with my Kaveri A10-7850K. I like the AI Suite 3 software and used it a lot for monitoring performance and the fan expert function was great for optimizing the fan speed vs temperature of each. I am able to control the fan speed for 0-100% on the CPU fan, and 35-100% on both case fans (CHA & B fan connections on mobo) which allows for very quiet operation when watching movies. Each is a separate speed vs. temperature graphical adjustment, so I have 3 separate speed profiles which is nice for the HTPC. All 3 modulate my PWM fans nicely.

Cons: Had to update the BIOS, but see other thoughts below.

Have to use a DVI monitor when entering the BIOS, the HDMI output won't size the screen properly in the BIOS, but that may also be a lack of knowledge on my part. Hopefully I will figure that out.

The default temperature for 100% fan speed (in fan expert) was 80 Deg C, which is way too high since the Kaveri max is 72.4 Deg C. I'm afraid of what could have happened if I didn't look at that immediately. I suppose everyone should though when building a PC.

Other Thoughts: Kaveri is just too new to simply plug and play yet, give it time and the BIOS will all be updated on these. This model mobo was manufactured before Kaveri was even released, so of course it required a simple update.

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  • Robert F.
  • 3/10/2014 2:43:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus all good!

Pros: All pros

Cons: None that I can tell

Other Thoughts: Had no problems booting with 0601 bios and kaveri 7700 apu, like others have had. updated bios after install of windows 8.

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  • Kyle P.
  • 3/9/2014 6:04:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggstoo many dummies boaght this board

Pros: Worked Right out of the box. 8 SATA III ports makes a great HTPC/Media Server
I have over 10 TB of drive space attached to this MB.
Mutli monitor support for 3 without adding a extra card.
And it is driving a 55 inch Samsung 1080p

Cons: 5 of the SATA III ports are @ a 90 degree angle . Only a con because the case I used was a little difficult to attach a couple of the cables. So no eggs subtracted.

Other Thoughts: There are so many bad reviews on this board because people did not do proper research before buying their parts. ASUS clearly states this board needs to have it's Firmware updated BEFORE it will support Kavari.
IF ARE GOING TO PUT KAVARI ON THIS BOARD YOU NEED TO UPDATE THE FIRMWARE FIRST ! For that you will need a Trinity or Richland APU installed .
I chose a older A10 Trinity for my build because I did my research .
But I will be updating to Kavari at a later date, when various other software items are addressed that I found during my preparation .
At present my system is
A10 5800k APU (because there was no real improvement in Richland) See pcper.com Kavari tests for the details.
8 gig G-Skill Ripjaws 1866 DDR3 (4 gig x 2 )
Sandisk 120 SSD boot drive
4 Seagate 1.5 TB HDs
2 Samsung 2 TB HDs
On board GPU Turbo switch set to the on position
Driving a 55 inch Samsung 6000 series 1080p flat panel
64 bit Windows 7 with codec filter mods in Windows Media Center for 10 bit *.mkv support .
I watched the Kavari Processor development for over a year . I knew for sure that current stock MB's would not support it without a Firmware update . Any PC builder with 1/3 a brain should have known this. So please ignore all reviews that tried to put a Kavari APU on this board. To them I say BAKA

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  • Richard R.
  • 3/3/2014 7:46:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVideo Issues

Pros: Nice board layout.

Cons: Every time my PC goes into sleep mode I can not get the monitor to power up without powering off the PC and entering the BIOS to make a small modification and saving. Even this doses not guarantee the monitor to power up after reboot. without disconnection the HDMI cable and reattaching the cable.

I have updated the BIOS twice now and and the behavior is still happening. It looks like the Video signal dies coming form the motherboard after reboot, which does not signal the monitor to power up. It is hard to say if the motherboard or the AMD A10 7850 but I am leaning towards the motherboard seeing this was manufacture before new AMD processor created.

Other Thoughts: ASUS are you reading this, if you check the internet I am not the only one with this issue.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard. At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email and we can discuss this case further at that time. Within the email, please include the serial number of the motherboard, any troubleshooting steps tried, and your reference number (3537035).

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Andrew R.
  • 3/1/2014 9:33:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAbsolute garbage

Pros: None. Cannot get it to work, at all.

Cons: Garbage. Absolute garbage.

Other Thoughts: Like many others I've read on here, I bought this through a combo deal with an AMD A10-7700K processor - only to find out that the mobo does not work with that processor with the default BIOS installed. I cannot get into the BIOS to update it. Looking on the internet to find out any kind of way to update the BIOS was as garbage as the product its self...no help, what-so-ever. I was going to call up ASUS about this, but then I read someone's review saying that ASUS basically gave up with this mobo and won't support it, so I didn't even bother getting myself worked up anymore. Was going to return the whole garbage combo for a refund, but found out that you cannot return about half the items for a refund. What kind of garbage is that?? I'm done with Newegg. After many years of ordering through them, I'll gladly find somewhere else to shop now. Don't you think Newegg would put together the combo and test it out before selling it??

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard. When you have the time, please contact me through email as I may have a solution to this case. 3538348.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Edward W.
  • 3/1/2014 5:10:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsDVI Port & BIOS

Pros: Easy overclock using UEFI BIOS. SteamOS installed okay. MB power chips heatsinked.

Cons: Temporarily needed A10-6800K to flash BIOS to take my A10-7850K. DVI output port did not work with A10-7850K. VGA output worked. Separate GPU cards worked. I understand that the DVI problem is fairly common with this MB.

Other Thoughts: Even though ASUS was out of stock and I got a "new one" when they came in in January -- it was one of the first built last year -- had oldest BIOS installed. Did not buy it at Newegg. Wanted to use this for a Steam Machine. Wanted DVI to work. Returned the ASUS and got a Gigabyte from Newegg -- which came with up to date BIOS (did not require flash with A10-6800K) and, so far, "just works".

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I apologize for the issues you had with the motherboard. If the motherboard has an older BIOS installed, depending on your CPU used, you may have to update the BIOS of the motherboard. To find out what BIOS is compatible with your processor, please see our Qualified Venders List (QVL). Here is the link: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/A88XMPLUS/.

Should you require any assistance, please contact me through email. I am here to help. 3541274.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/27/2014 7:10:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsFeature-packed micro ATX board with some flaws

Pros: - Form factor
- Features (easy GPU overclock via switch, Support for even faster data transfer than USB 3.0, built-in Fan Expert 2.0, space for 4 Dimms instead of just two)
- Setup is easy (including BIOS upgrade for KAVERI support; those complaining about no built-in support have very little technical knowledge and should have read the package (it it's on there that a BIOS upgrade is required!))

Cons: - This is one of the more expensive motherboards in this form factor.
- Support for the Dvi putt seems to cut out as soon as Windows 8.1 loads up in conjunction with an AMD Kaveri chip. So the error seems to be related to Windows or the Catalyst driver. Still: For the price, ASUS should really have made sure that the DVI port actually works with various chips because it does not as of the time of writing. I am having to use the regular analog adapter.

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