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ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Plenty of external hookups for whatever need you might have.
PCIE or mSATA
Good layout around APU
BIOS features and self-update
Can run high speed memory

Cons: -Was not able to run my Gskill Ripjaws Z 2400 2x4G memory (F3-2400C10D-8GZH) at rated speeds. BIOS loads XMP profile fine, and runs memory at 2133 speeds fine, but not 2400.
- Only one USB3 header for those who care

Other Thoughts: Using this board for HTPC computer than can later be used as mini-desktop if need be. I didn't have a use for wifi module since I planned on mSATA. Assembly and installation of this board and APU has been painless and straightforward. Now, memory was a bit of chore since it refused to run at 2400 speeds.

BIOS has good features for overclocking, however I would caution against it since this board may not provide enough power regulation to run overclocks stable. Also, this board has smaller footprint so heating up will be a problem with heat dissipation. I would say that good overclock for APU might quite be possible with closed liquid cooler.

Running A8-7600 on this board and so far so good.

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AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini Quad-Core 2.05GHz Socket AM1 25W AD5350JAHMBOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD 8400
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs cool.
Runs normal programs very well considering this is 25W package chip.

Cons: Can't run high speed memory and only single channel set up.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is very good chip for your everyday tasks which include anything from browsing to watching movies. I suspect this is a very good candidate for dedicated network boxes due to very low power.

I'm using this CPU in workstation set up without any problems. Runs everything you can throw at it without any slowdowns. Pair it with SSD and you've got yourself very nice system.

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MSI AM1I AM1 2 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small form factor.
Three video outputs.
Loads of configuration options in BIOS.
BIOS supports XMP for memory settings, so less time to get your memory sticks running.
Windows 8.1 has all drivers installed by default

Cons: - For some reason my ps2 keyboard refused to work in windows 8.1 . It works fine in BIOS.
- Once you have UEFI enabled you have literally zero time to enter BIOS. I was not able to get into BIOS on my ps2 keyboard due to this since windows was loading super fast.

Other Thoughts: The computer is built for general purpose tasks. No gaming, no extensive storage attached. Some people may need more SATA ports, however for workstation this is even plenty.

Small footprint for the board. You've got to be careful how you lay your cables around if you're using smaller case.

No mSATA. Only mini-PCIE if that matters to you. Plenty of other headers if you need USB2.0

This motherboard makes a well rounded computer, very low power but yet speedy.

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Vitaliy K.'s Profile

Display Name: Vitaliy K.

Date Joined: 01/04/04

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 09/12/12
  • Last Review: 10/17/14
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