- AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
- Athlon/A- Series (FM2+)
- DDR3 2400+(OC)/2133
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Best in Class Currently 01/06/2014
The price for what you receive on this board is a great value. I recently used this board to build a friend's rig and it impressed me so much I'm about to buy another to replace my aging HTPC. The spacing is a little tight if you plan to take advantage of everything this board offers but that's par for the course if you're putting a tiny system together.
The board feels very solid, the Bios is easy to use and update and support for future AMD FM2+ CPUs releasing very soon makes it very attractive for budget builds/HTPCs that you may want to update in the near future.
Intel fans still won't like it. While I'm very impressed by the low-cost solution that boards like this represent, it's still not enough to bring fanboys over to 'the dark side.'
Initially, the USB 3.0 outlets did not work but after a quick BIOS flash they were fine. Not worth taking an egg off but it would be nice to be able to just plug-n-play.
ASrock has put a great piece of hardware together though.
I read that people were having Hybrid Crossfire issues and I tried to duplicate their problems with no success. The flagship Richland APU paired with a Powercolor 4gb DDR3 Radeon 7750 gelled beautifully and, while it was still not the top tier performance one might expect of pricier video setups, it was passable for modern games. It powered through all of my sample software (swtor, ME3, Crysis3, Battlefield, FFmmo etc) at high to ultra-high with acceptable framerates.
Full rig specs were:
BitFenix Prodigy Case w/230mm case fan
ASrock FM2A88x w/Richland 5800k APU
8gb AMD performance RAM
4gb Radeon 7750 (ddr3)
CoolerMaster V8 (barely fit in case)
Sandisk 64gb ssd for win7 os w/WD velociraptor 300gb for games
For a real budget build on this board you can even consider going with one of the FM2+ Athlon CPUs w/dedicated video or a Trinity/Richland APU standing alone. Unless you're the kind of guy who really needs to show off at LAN parties, a portable build with this board represents Best in Class of mini-itx for the money you'll invest in building it. One man's opinion, feel free to disagree.
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