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ASUS A88XM-A FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Worked flawlessly 6 months with the A10-5800K

Cons: ASUS lied, After 6 months of flawless performance with the A10-5800K. I checked the ASUS Support page for compatibility with the A10-7850K , and it said that it would be starting with Firmware version 1002 . So I bought an A10-7850K ,updated the firmware and NO ! It is NOT compatible. I updated all the way through the lastest firmware and threw every driver version that AMD Has ,and the HDMI never worked .Even the DVI port was flaky at best.
I reloaded windows 7 three times and nothing worked. Finally I put the A10-5800k back in ,Loaded Windows one more time and all is back to normal.

Other Thoughts: I gave this board a higher rating 6 months ago while using the A10-5800K,so if you are using a trinity based APU this is a great board
If a Kavari based APU is your goal DO NOT use this board.
I tested my A10-7850K in a Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H that I bought here 07/05/15 and it was stable first try, without any firmware updates.

MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It was cheap ( Too Cheap )

Cons: The chip set drivers included causes BSD's about every 15 minutes.
Go get the latest from AMD BEFORE install.I installed Catalyst 14-4. And choose rhe custom install , and un-check the boxes for the 2 apps it will want to install. One is for games the other for streaming the games. They will drain your bandwidth dry.
Another thing,,I has NEVER properly recognized any USB 3.0 device, and may have even killed a USB thumb drive.

Other Thoughts: I was unemployed when I built this machine ,otherwise I would have never cheeped out and bought this MoBo. MSI ,Never Again. This board has never really been what you could call stable. Windows 7 has been reinstalled at least six times trying . Today was number 7 I think ?
I have so many problems with MSI it would take too long to list. This was the last straw. As builder I wish I could bill them for all the time I spent on this MoBo.

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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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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 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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Display Name: Kyle P.

Date Joined: 01/29/07

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 11/30/12
  • Last Review: 10/03/14
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