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ASUS A88X-PRO FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • Dual Intelligent Processors 4
  • 4-Way Optimization
  • GPU Boost
  • 5X PROTECTION
  • New UEFI BIOS

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ASUS A88X-PRO FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) - HDMI - SATA 6Gbps - USB 3.0 - AMD Motherboard


A88X-PRO
A88X-PRO

Dual Intelligent Processor 4s with Four-Way Optimization

One click for better performance, efficiency, digital power control, reduced noise, and improved cooling.

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GPU Boost

Unlock Integrated Fraphics Performance for Performance Boost of Up to 30%

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 ASUS AI Suite 3 utility. It easily delivers stable system-wide upgrades for every use.


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New UEFI BIOS – Friendlier and More Intuitive

Exclusive EZ Mode Adds Useful Info to Become Even Easier

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, XMP profile settings, SATA information, and fast clock adjustment. Together, these perfect your BIOS experience.


A88X-PRO

4K Ultra HD Ready

Discover Future Visual Experiences

Following up on popular 1080p full HD, 4K Ultra HD is the next big thing, and you're ready for the upgrade thanks to integrated graphics that natively support up to 4096 x 2160 via HDMI or DisplayPort. That's four times the pixel count of 1080p (1920 x 1080), offering incredible visual clarity, detail, and realism.


A88X-PRO

Network iControl

Real-Time Network Bandwidth Management

One click prioritizes network traffic for applications you're currently using or set up favorite profiles to run at specific times. Avoid network congestion, speed up downloading, and make sure online gaming runs optimized, all through an intuitive user interface.


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AI Suite 3

One-Stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features

ASUS AI Suite 3 offers a brand new user experience through a clearer and more attractive interface with support for larger monitors. It consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package, allowing you to supervise overclocking, energy consumption, fan speeds, voltages and more. This all-in-one app offers diverse and easy to use functionality, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.


A88X-PRO

A88X-PRO

PCI Express 3.0

PCI Express 3.0 uses improved encoding that provides twice the performance of PCI Express 2.0. Total bandwidth for an x16 link reaches 32GBps, delivering unprecedented data speeds combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility.

*Only FM2+ Processors can support PCIe3.0



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Complete USB 3.0 Integration

Double USB Access, Double the Convenience

ASUS facilitates USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel. Experience the latest plug n play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Our motherboards afford greater convenience with high speed connectivity.



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SATA 6.0Gbps

Twice the Speed

ASUS provides SATA 6.0Gbps ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of SATA 3Gbps.



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DirectKey

Dedicated Direct BIOS Access Button

Designed for those requiring frequent BIOS access, users can easily enter the BIOS when the PC is on standby power with a simple press of a button. It saves you time during boot-up as you don't have to repeatedly press the DEL key. Convenience and ease at their best!



ASUS Boot Setting

Multiple Start Up Options

Thanks to ASUS Windows 8 hardware optimization, ASUS Boot Setting provides better flexibility in customizing your PC's startup process. You can shorten system boot-up time to two seconds* for a smoother user experience under Windows 8, and even previous versions of Windows. Also, you can enter the BIOS directly with one click through a user-friendly interface, and quickly select your preferred system boot up method: either get to the OS in seconds or opt for regular boot up. Whatever your choice, settings are saved and persistent, with no need to choose every time you power on.
*On select models


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ASUS 5X Protection

All-Around Protection Provides the Best Quality, Reliability, and Durability

ASUS motherboards guard your PC with 5X Protection. We use quality components like DIGI+ VRM digital power design for precise CPU power on demand, ESD units tested to strict standards that eliminate electrostatic interference, and resettable fuses around DRAM slots to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. We also use corrosion-resistant back I/O shields, all examples of ASUS providing the best possible reliability and durability.


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USB 3.0 Boost (UASP Support)

170% Faster Transfer Speeds than Traditional USB 3.0

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 already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction.

  • World's First USB 3.0 UASP support – Instantly 170% faster.
  • Complete USB 3.0 Solution – Performance boost under Turbo Mode or UASP Mode for most USB devices.
  • Simple Plug and Boost – Auto detection design ensures best performance.


A88X-PRO

4K Ultra HD Ready

Discover Future Visual Experiences

Following up on popular 1080p full HD, 4K Ultra HD is the next big thing, and you're ready for the upgrade thanks to integrated graphics that natively support up to 4096 x 2160 via HDMI or DisplayPort. That's four times the pixel count of 1080p (1920 x 1080), offering incredible visual clarity, detail, and realism.


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Work With Up to Three Displays

Connect up to three independent monitors at once using video outputs such as DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA. Choose your outputs and set displays to either mirror mode or extended mode.


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A88X-PRO

AMD® A-Series Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 / 8000 Series Graphics

This motherboard supports AMD® A-series Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 / 8000 Series Graphics. This revolutionary APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) combines processing power and advanced DirectX 11 graphics in one small, energy-efficient design to enable accelerated performance and an industry-leading visual experience. It features Dual-channel DDR3 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5GTps



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AMD® A88X FCH (Bolton D4)

AMD® A88X FCH (Bolton D4) is designed to support up to 5GTps interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 graphics. It natively supports eight SATA 6Gbps ports and four USB 3.0 Ports.



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GreenASUS

Motherboards are EU Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, which requires products meet high efficiency standards with regards to energy consumption. This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient products through design and innovation that reduce the carbon footprint of products and thus mitigate ecological impact.



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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Worked fairly well for about 2 years. eSATA didn't work (well) and several USB ports were flaky

Pros: The ASUS single block adapter for power-switch/reset-switch/power-led/hdd-led is a nice feature because it lets one connect those wires outside of the case and then connect the adapter to the motherboard. Much easier.

The MB worked well for about 2 years. During that time, the machine did most of what I wanted it to do.

Cons: The USB 3.0 ports connector (to front of case) were flaky from "day one." A USB stick would connect. About an hour later, would disconnect. Then reconnect. I thought it might be the case cable but, different case, same problem. Then same case, different motherboard, not a problem. So, it's the MB.

Of the 4 USB 3.0 ports in the back, 1 never worked and 1 was flaky. 2 worked. The USB 2.0 ports worked. The eSATA was very unreliable but became a non-problem when I replaced the case with a case that had hot swappable drive bays.

After about 2 years, the MB wouldn't always provide voltage to the CPU Fan. That's a pretty serious problem even if out of warranty. But it is 2.25 years old, so I am retiring the MB.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works like a charm

Pros: Very easy setup
The 4-way optimization program that comes with it is very useful in customizing the CPU, RAM and fans to your liking
Have used it heavily for a little while= works solid
Have had it for about 3 years and still runs like new

Cons: None

Overall Review: I know this model is not available anymore, but when I bought it till now, I'm still very happy with it

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
It works but

Pros: Reliable

Cons: MAJOR BIOS limitations trying to work with a A10-7860k - the bloody "TDP" setup CAN'T be worked around and severely limits what you can get out out of the GPU side of a recent A10 APU.

Overall Review: MB makers need to quit cramming the 2'nd and 3'd PCI-E slots so close together, it makes putting together a 3-card rig a MAJOR PAIN due to cooling issues.

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2/ 5
frustrated

Pros: BIOS, BIOS updating is easy(if you are n BIOS),sound isn't that bad, but the best thing is the power management flexibility.

Cons: USB 3 does not work, what ever driver I try.
Can't handle my RAM (G.Skill Trident-X DDR3 2400 <8GXT>), only will see it as 1600 with half the speed, yes it is on QVL
CrossfireX is a nightmare! (R9 280) With no GPU I could get steady 34 FPS playing WarThunder in Cinematic mode. With one R9 280, I was getting over 60 FPS. Once I actually was able to find crossfire friendly drivers and installing the second GPU, my frame rates went down to below 40, In Wolenstien: The New Order, 20 FPS with everything turned down in game and both cards overclocked to 1100. Very dissapointing. Since going back to one GPU things have improved a little bit with W.T.N.O. at 35 FPS (bare min settings) and Fallout 4 at 25-35 FPS (bare min settings). I know what these cards should be able to do on their own. After giving away my second card in anger to a friend to try, I was shocked at his results with the card. It has to be this board. I wouldn't even want to build a HTPC or Office machine with board since the USB 3.0 is garbage.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Wonderful mothebroard

Pros: - Plenty of slots for PCI cards and RAM
- Great for recovering the BiOS if you screw something up while overclocking (or updating improperly in my case)
- Right angled SATA connectors are great and keep them away from everything
- Debug LED is wonderful for troubleshooting issues

Cons: - 4th RAM slot may be a bit snug against a larger CPU heat sink

Overall Review: I love this board. The BIOS is easy to navigate and has menus for amateurs and a more classic look for people who are used to that layout. Configuration is easy and it has some nice onboard buttons you can use to fix RAM issues and even flash your BiOS back if you end up killing your system by flashing it via an improper method like me!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Reliable motherboard

Pros: I always wait to do reviews of computer components because I like to test them out a little bit. Unfortunately I forgot to come back and review this until now. Anyways, this board is great. As far as performance, it runs FM2/+ so you can use some good processors with this, although FM2 has been around for a while. There's not much else I can say other than the board has lasted me a long time and has had no issues and it has some really good features for overclocking and troubleshooting(it is UEFI). Has on board LED bar for error/status codes. And man does this thing look good in my system. Has all the video connections you need(HDMI, Display, DVI and VGA) and also has digital and 5.1 channel audio so you can get some good decent sound out of this. Has 2 PCI-E 3.0 X16 slots so if you want to run 2 graphics cards, this will do it.

Cons: FM2/+ could be a con as there are some nicer processors available in other socket formats but not a con for me. DDR3, which once again is not a con for me but may be for those looking for the latest greatest RAM.

Overall Review: I recommend this for someone wanting to go the amd route. I have had this board in my built PC for 2 years. This board has not let me down. It looks nice and functions as it should. I run 16 GB of ram in this(4x4) and have a video card in XFire with my APU and this has not been a problem. I have also loved the easy access to overclocking my processor, which is unlocked from AMD so it is designed to be overclocked. Overall, I would buy this again if I was looking to build. It is awesome. Just make sure you pair it up with good parts so it can be used to it's potential.

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4/ 5
Good stable board, easy to setup.

Pros: I've had this board for about a year now; it's very stable, and was easy to setup. The '1-click' setup makes it easy for non-tech users, but I setup the BIOS manually in 'Advanced Mode'. It feels well made and comes packed well with SATA cables and good instructions. It can take up to 64gigs ram and has 6 SATA 6gb/s ports. I was able to setup a mild OC to 4.4ghz without any hassle. The AMD platforms give you a lot for your hard earned money. The money saved over Intel can go a long way towards a high performance video card if you game on a tight budget (better video card trumps slight CPU gain with Intel, in my book, if you are stretching your dollars). For what a mid range Intel CPU costs, I got this board, the AMD chip, and 8 gigs of the 32 gigs I bought.

Cons: I don't know if this is an AMD spec for the chip I used, but the default 1.48v on the CPU was a bit much. In Advanced mode, I set the CPU Vcore to 1.34v with a mild OC at 4.4ghz by lowering the offset voltage setting, which lowered the CPU temperature. A non-tech user may not notice, and while it does not damage the chip as far as I know, why run it so high? This is why I removed 1 egg.

Overall Review: I pared this motherboard with a Godavari 7870k and 32 gigs ram, to make a test machine/lab study 'server' so it has been reconfigured with various operating systems and hardware over the last year. No issues with it. While you can do the 4-way '1-click' optimizing to make setup painless, I went in and manually configured most of the settings using the advanced BIOS mode. The default 1.48 CPU voltage (VCORE) is way too high; I was able to set it to 1.34v with a mild overclock to 4.4ghz, which helps keep the CPU cooler. It did pick up my memory settings, and worked fine with the then new Godavari CPU after a painless BIOS update (Godavari was new when I got this board). The reason people pick the AMD platform is to save money over Intel, and while this board is not the cheapest thing out there, it is a solid stable board that can be the heart of a budget gaming rig, or a good basic home computer using the APU's built in video to help keep the overall cost of the build down, as I did.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Shipping was on point.

Pros: Shipped within promise time frame, came inside its manufacturer package with all advertise items included, well sealed and protected.

Cons: Choosing RAM for this motherboard is not as easy as it seems, ASUS suggest specific RAM according to their QVL, went to the Vendor website and the ASUS suggested RAM is not supported by RAM manufacturer motherboard compatibility list. Still got the memory suggested by ASUS despite the RAM manufacturer's opinion. According to ASUS every memory brand and model on their QVL has been tested for motherboard compatibility, I just hope it will work once I put the system together.

Overall Review: Will update review once the system is up and running.

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