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ASUS A88XM-PLUS/CSM FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
  • Athlon/A- Series (FM2+)
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2250(OC)

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The Asus A88XM-PLUS/CSM delivers the quality and features for you to build a budget-friendly AMD Kaveri APU-based system. This motherboard is powered by an AMD A88X FCH (Bolton D4), and accommodates the latest AMD FM2+/FM2 APUs that integrate the powerful Radeon HD Series Graphics. This means you'll enjoy discrete-class graphics acceleration in your games and daily applications, without the cost or power consumption of an actual discrete video card.

This motherboard is built with an array of Asus features that make it stand out immediately. Asus 5X Protection provides all-round protection to achieve the best reliability and durability. The new UEFI BIOS makes the system setting and tuning friendlier, easier, and more intuitive. The performance-enhancing features let you extract more power with simple steps. This motherboard also boasts two PCI Express x16 slots for CrossFire setup, and natively supports USB 3.0 and SATA III for you to get the best performance from your devices.

  • newegg AMD A-series Accelerated Processor This motherboard fully supports the latest AMD Socket FM2+ Kaveri APUs with AMD Radeon R series graphics, and retains compatibility with AMD Socket FM2 (Richland and Trinity) APUs. AMD Socket FM2+ APUs support Microsoft DirectX 11.1 for incredibly fast and smooth graphics, native PCI Express 3.0 for full-speed expansion, and 4K resolutions via HDMI and DisplayPort connections.
  • newegg 5X Protection Asus motherboards guard your PC with 5X Protection. This motherboard uses quality components like DIGI+ VRM digital power design for precise APU power on demand, ESD units tested to strict standards that eliminate electrostatic interference, and resettable fuses around the DRAM slots to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. Corrosion-resistant back I/O shields are also adopted, providing the best possible reliability and durability.
  • newegg GPU Boost Exclusive GPU Boost is able to unlock any APU for overclocking integrated graphics. Even non-Black Edition APUs can be boosted – for an integrated graphics performance increase of up to 30%! Gaining this unique power is as simple as flipping an onboard switch or using the Asus AI Suite 3 utility. It easily delivers stable system-wide upgrades for every use.
  • newegg New UEFI BIOS The media-renowned UEFI BIOS from Asus provides the smoothest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS, and now features more intuitive functions to quickly take you to favorite BIOS pages and frequently accessed settings through custom shortcuts. You can even write quick notes in-BIOS for future reference, view an activity log of setting changes and modifications, and rename SATA ports. EZ Mode has a whole new look, upgraded with extra-friendly capabilities like detailed fan controls, D.O.C.P profile settings, SATA information, and fast clock adjustment. Together, these perfect your BIOS experience.
  • newegg EPU Tap into the world's first real-time PC power-saving chip through the AI Suite 3 utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. It can manually switch to Away Mode, so that you can download and stream content or backup data when you're away from your PC, which minimizes the power draw to save money and creates a more efficient PC.
  • newegg SATA III and USB 3.0 with UASP Support Asus provides SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of SATA 3Gb/s. The USB 3.0 offers blistering fast connectivity with speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Asus USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) in Windows 8. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to the already fast USB 3.0 performance. Asus software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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5 out of 5 eggsOdd Color aside

Pros: -Resolved PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot issue
-Decently Heatsinked
-Everything get's OC'protection
-Seamless configuration for the M-ATX layout, lot's better than the A-55 board I had before this.
-USB 3.0 are on the board, someone wrote a review there was not more than one for some reason, there is two at least, made use of it with Corsair Link. Outside USB 3.0 would make more sense there are few to be clear.

I'm planning on swapping in quite a few different parts to refresh my box, and while I would go with an ATX board if I was going to crossfire and do four or more monitors I'm doing one, very large one. That afforded me the luxury to make things small, and the A-55 board is fine if that's all you want to be, the A88 is well, eager to please in comparison especially after Windows 10 laid 8 to rest. This board looks aggressive and is substantially more refined than my FX AM3+ board was. Some quality in the feel of the parts, not so frightening to install parts on as some boards good weight for it's size too.

Cons: -Box fan connectors, while all are 4pin makes no sense where they are in using them for fans on the case, don't plan on a short connection, this layout is still ideal for me having dedicated Memory Fan and other uses it works well for.
-Memory Configuration is not always easy, this is one of those know what your buying it can require input all the way down the timings, latency, speed... For memory that doesn't load correctly, it loads which is notable IMO as a good thing and loads 1600, just not 2133 before adjustment.
-Bios update or Windows 10 either resolves a few annoying things add it too pre-config or be prepared to handle it other reviews hit everything I've experienced.

Bought this as an open box, came without the factory box, otherwise had everything I wanted. I still have to give it 5 because nothing is really bad. It is probably one of the easiest boards to setup I've come across. Just be aware it's not perfect.

Other Thoughts: My build
Asus M32BF (Frankenbuilt with parts I've not installed or tested long enough to review at this time update in 6 months accordingly)

I'll say this looks to be the best effort to provide something like the upper tier ATX FM2+ Asus boards, I really like it. Tinker types will like this for what it is, meticulously OCD types will cringe with some Air coolers it is a M-ATX. Without being unfairly critical of cosmetics like colors and Micro fan locations I appreciate how attention was given to make most the pieces useful. Most points are clearly marked if you take the guide it lays everything it offers out in a clear enough way to use it. Don't expect a lot of help from the book though, it's clear the board is more capable than an entry one. Really geared towards someone trying to push the settings up to a fail or near fail level for most the components, fairly robust tools to enable that both config and physical.

Final thoughts, it's what my FX build couldn't be, but I'm not the average builder, easily budgeted top shelf parts for it's size. Happy with the end result beyond expectations I started out with. Also kudos to Newegg for delivery of a Open Box in exceptional form. If I'd not watched an unboxing I'd have thought the bland box was original.

Know your processor before selecting a chipset, this one is probably not the best choice pinching pennies if a out of the box solution is your goal. Auto tune features are respectable, but leave room for refinement if you know what your doing or want to gamble alittle more.

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  • Kevin J.
  • 5/20/2015 5:28:08 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery pleased

Pros: 8 SATA ports on the board.

Been running for over a year with no issues. Even after PSU needed to be replaced the under voltage detection on the board kicked in and all components still functioning 4 months after PSU replacement.

Cons: The CPU fan header is difficult to use if you have a large non-oem cooler (have coolmaster 1200 mounted).

I had some issues with presenting USB drive (with live OS) which would present as both UEFI. Got it to work eventually, first time using UEFI so it could I have been me not doing it correctly.

Other Thoughts: Per the pros I was looking for something with the primary purpose of a home file/media server while still having basic functionality to play around with VMS and other basic computer tinkering. Wanted to consolidate these functions into one box because of living location. System was set-up with debian stable with zfs on linux. Needed the SATA ports as allowed SSD drive for system, optical drive, and 6 drives for zpool.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/18/2015 4:38:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat OCing and Great board overall

Pros: Small, micro ATX, great for budget build and can crossfire with apu or get an Nvidia graphics card. Has adequate case fan connectors. Great OCing with bios. Never had an issue with this board or ASUS.

Cons: Just wish it had I/O USB 3.0

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  • Robert d.
  • 2/22/2015 1:16:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCannot control 3-pin CPU fan

Pros: Everything is great about this board except...

Cons: It will not control any 3-pin fan plugged into the CPU header, only PWM.

It will control 3-pin fans plugged into either other header. Just an inconvenience I noticed months later.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/17/2014 7:31:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery solid - excellent experience with a modest-end CAD setup

Pros: I've got one of these with a Richland processor set up with a rather expensive CAD video card and 16 Gigs of RAM. It's run superbly for the user. If I had the money I'd obviously take the Xeon workstation route, but it's not being used to design extremely sophisticated product, and I've been very impressed.

As a side note, I've got about 15 A88XM-A boards, which are almost identical, running throughout the office. Not a single failure, device incompatibility issue, etc. No DOAs. Also, it's incredibly easy to update the BIOS. Very pleased.

Cons: Can't really think of any.

Other Thoughts: I'd highly recommend this board for someone who is looking for a moderate-performance system. Do your research, pick good RAM and update the BIOS at your very first power-on.

Manufacturer Response:

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We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at and put case # N141258508 in the subject for your reference.

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  • Hoshman V.
  • 11/22/2014 8:21:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple to use

Pros: BIOS is great on options for what I need

Cons: 3 pwm fan leds only

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  • Andrew J.
  • 11/22/2014 7:32:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBIOS broken

Pros: Latest video driver from ATI doesn't lockup in Linux like my old MSI board did. USB3 works with Toshiba 2TB external drive.

Cons: USB3 doesn't work with Toshiba 1TB external drive. Keeps connecting/disconnecting. BIOS not configurable except with VGA monitor. DVI and HDMI unusable. IOMMU implementation is broken in Linux and has to be disabled. ASUS apparently disowned this board. No links to it anymore on their website. Searching for it finds page with no support info. None. No manual. Nothing.

Other Thoughts: Stable with many things off and no OC. Tried some OC settings, none successful. Board is a little short, so the extra two screw posts in the case to hold up the end of the board where the memory slots aren't doing anything and so putting in memory and the power connectors flexes the board a lot.

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  • Robert d.
  • 10/2/2014 7:05:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Overclocks great, went up to 4.5Ghz on my 7700k with no issues, the DIGI+ thing is awesome, nice heat sync on the VRMs, supports Crossfire/SLI, rock solid with 2133 memory (G.Skill F3-2133C10D-8GXM).

Cons: Bios takes some figuring out, overclocking from bios is not easy, measures your overclock by how many mhz you are above stock without actually telling you what it "thinks" stock is. I prefer to see the actual clock. Supports Crossfire, but because the 2nd PCI-e slot is so low, I cannot use a second card in my case (N200) (not ASUS's fault)

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  • Brian W.
  • 10/1/2014 7:19:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsFollow-Up: ASUS A88XM-PLUS/CSM Motherboard

Pros: Still stable at DDR-1600 speeds-- no lock-ups or freezes over the past 3 days.

Cons: No true support for G.Skill Ripjaws Z F3-17000CLQ9-16GBZH

Other Thoughts: Follow-up to my previous review:
I went to Asus' support page to verify memory compatibility, and did see the G.Skill Ripjaws Z F3-17000CLQ9-16GBZH was on the list for DDR-2133 support. However, it only supports 1 or 2 DIMM slots, not the 4-slot configuration necessary to make 16GB. Given that the RAM ships with 4-DIMMs, it is somewhat elusive to say the RAM is supported, but only 1/2 of what is bought. Hopefully, a future BIOS update will remedy this situation

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  • Brian W.
  • 9/29/2014 11:03:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsASUS A88XM-PLUS/CSM Motherboard

Pros: BIOS has a nice interface and works with a USB and a mouse, as opposed to other BIOS' on older AM3 motherboards that were still text-based.

MicroUSB, 8 SATA ports (only 3 of which are mounted with ease-of-access).

Plenty of USB ports (for me).

No extra CPU power plug necessary, but the 4-pin connector is a necessity by the CPU (separated from the APX connector). I was able to put away a power cable from the modular SeaSonic X-Series 650W power supply I am re-using

Worked with the A10-7800 with no problems. CPU fan plug is close to the CPU.

4 memory slots (more on this later)

Heat sinks appear to be of good quality.

Cons: Does not seem to have RAID support like the old ASUS board I had-- G4A89GTD Pro/USB3. Although I new this going in, I still liked having BIOS RAID support for my data drives (RAID 1).

Memory does not like to be clocked at DDR2133, even though I have 16GB DDR2133 tested memory (G.Skill Ripjaw Z). It constantly freezes the system if I use D.O.C.P. to adjust from the default DDR1600 to the DDR2133 and timing settings as provided by G.Skill. Downclocking the RAM to DDR1600 seems to make the system stable. I am running the latest BIOS from ASUS, too (updated BIOS on 9/28/2014).

Other Thoughts: Migrated from a ASUS G4A89GTD Pro/USB3 with a Phenom II 555 Black Edition to this APU-based approach to increase speed a bit, get more cores, better graphics, and lower thermals (I do not game enough to want an extra graphics card anymore).

New system is quieter than the old, WINSAT scores are higher, and there is less heat under the desk. All good things. Now, if only the RAM issue gets fixed.

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