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ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs GREAT NEAR SILENT HTPC/GENERAL USE PC 01/01/2016

This review is from: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - ASRock Instant Flash - great feature, but remember to remove all other USB 2.0 devices

Cons: - ASRock manual could use improvement. It's not horrible (just typical) but clear up the "Instant Flash" notes as below

Other Thoughts: COMPONENTS:
 ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) - N82E16813157464
- mini PCI Express can run mSATA
- Feature rich, if you like that kinda thing
 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2) x F3-2400C11D-8GXM - N82E16820231666
- Haven't had a bad batch yet
 A10-7850K Kaveri 45W (in BIOS) AD785KXBJABOX /w Radeon R7 - N82E16819113359
- An oldie but still good
 Noctua NH-L9a 92mm SSO2 CPU Cooler (N82E16835608030) /w Noctua NF-A9 PWM 92mm Case Fan - N82E16835608070 (set to 50% in "Fan-tastic Cooling")
- Heatsink quality is good, fan has MTTF of 150,000 hours nearly silent at 50% speed
 SAMSUNG 850 EVO mSATA 500GB SATA III - N82E16820147411
- 5-year warranty. Was hoping for SSD WEI at 7.9 (disappointed)
 NETIS WF2190 AC1200 Wireless High Gain USB 3.0 Adapter - N82E16833389035
- Consistent strong signal
 IN WIN BQS656.DD120BL Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 120W External Adaptor Power Supply - N82E16811108417
- Nice compact case
 Silverstone SOB02 Slim Slot Load 6x Blu-Ray Writer (bought from Memory Express)
 Windows Ultimate 64 bit

 Noctua cooler are high quality, cool well and their fans have great life expectancy and are quiet
 FM2A88X-ITX+: Update of BIOS crashed when my PSU plug was removed by accident. At first , the "ASRock Crash Free BIOS" wouldn't work (I was choked at first since I couldn't reboot). I then removed all USB devices and tried the reboot....... viola! System updated to BIOS P3.20 running great.
 A10-7850K Kaveri - TDP set to 45W in BIOS with very little performance loss

WEI Ratings (CPU TDP set to 45W)
Processor 7.3
Memory 7.4
Graphics 6.8
Gaming Graphics 6.8
HDD 7.7

Processor only dropped 0.1 rating point when TDP reduced from 95W to 45W.
NETIS WF2190 works well, connects at 680 Mbps to my TP-LINK Archer C3200 AC3200 (N82E16833704258)
I though the Samsung mSATA SSD should have rated at 7.9 (seems slower than it should be).
MS Office starts nearly instantaneously, so you won't be disappointed.

NOTE to ASRock: Mention in the manual that the Owner must remove all USB 2.0 devices so the "Instant Flash" BIOS update will be initiated. I fiddled with this for half an hour before I realized this, hence -1 egg.

Overall I like the quality and features of the FM2A88X-ITX+ board. Compact, low TDP, enough processor power and nearly silent build.

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Intel Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I76700K Desktop Processor Intel® HD Graphics 530
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: - Not 140W TDP room heater
- No worthless stock heatsink and fan

Cons: - Poor performance gain, if any.
- Disappointingly large price considering the poor performance gain

Other Thoughts: Shrinking from 22nm to14nm should have seen better TDP reduction....

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Antec ISK 300-150 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good Choice for Power HTPC - Update 01/18/2014

This review is from: Antec ISK 300-150 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply

Pros: - Now has front USB 3.0
- Sturdy and well built
- Fit and finish are good
- Two 80mm case fans keep it cool and can be silent

Cons: - Front ODD door is a bit flimsy and the latch somewhat cheesey

Other Thoughts: Case is nice looking.

Very pleased with the mobo

Windows 7 64 bit WEI
7.4 CPU
7.5 memory at 2133MHz
6.8 Aero graphics
6.8 3D Graphice

NEAR SILENT HTPC:

- ASRock FM2A85X-ITX mobo
- A10-7850k
- G.SKILL Ares 8GB DDR3 2133 F3-2133C9D-8GAB
- Noctua NH-L9a 92mm SSO2 CPU Cooler with LNA
- Antec ISK 300-150 (it now has front USB 3.0)
- SAMSUNG Internal Slim 8x DVD SN-208DB/BEBET
- Qty(2) Noctua NF-R8-1800 with LNA fed by fan splitter
- Silverstone Model CPF01 PWM Fan Splitter for case fans

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Date Joined: 02/10/09

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