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Asus announces first FM2+ Kaveri motherboards

Asus announces first FM2+ Kaveri motherboards

Asus has announced the first two models in what it claims will be a range of FM2+ motherboards for AMD's reportedly delayed Kaveri APUs.

Asus has announced two new FM2+ motherboards for AMD's upcoming Kaveri accelerated processing units (APUs,) even as reports circulate that the chips themselves are to be delayed.

Confirming that AMD's Kaveri processors, which are designed to replace the current-generation Trinity parts, will require a motherboard upgrade for those with FM2 boards, the announcement covers two headlines products in what Asus claims will be an entire range to be further detailed later this year.

The first of the two boards is the A88XM-A, which includes the new FM2+ socket - backwards-compatible with existing FM2 Richland and Trinity parts - running on an AMD A88X chipset along with four DDR3 sockets, six SATA 6.0Gb/s storage ports, a single 16-lane PCI Express 3.0 alongside a single-lane PCI Express 2.0 slot, and a legacy PCI slot. The rear of the board includes two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, with a further two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports available using on-board headers, an RJ45 socket for the on-board Realtek 8111G gigabit Ethernet controller, audio connectors for the Realtek ALC887-VD 8-channel HD Audio sound chip, HDMI, DVI-D and VGA video outputs, and legacy PS/2 ports for peripherals.

The second is the lower-end A55BM-A/USB3, based around the AMD A55 chipset. While supporting the same APUs as its more expensive brethren, the A55BM-A has six SATA 3.0Gb/s ports and only two DIMM sockets, although includes the same PCI Express and rear-panel connectivity. Both boards include a UEFI BIOS on a 64Mb flash ROM, and use the mATX form factor.

While the presence of PCI Express 3.0 is to be welcomed, there is one cautionary note for those looking at building a new APU-based system: when used with Richland or Trinity APUs, the PCI Express 3.0 slot on both boards will operate as PCI Express 2.0; it's only when coupled with a Kaveri APU that the full functionality of the board is available.

Asus has yet to confirm pricing or availability, but has stated that additional FM2+ boards will be announced later this year - hinting, perhaps, that it hopes AMD will be on-track for its originally planned 2H 2013 Kaveri launch schedule.

The company has published full specifications for the A88XMA and A55BM-A/USB3 on its website.

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Marquee 26th July 2013, 14:37 Quote
There is a few things missing on this board. Just from looking at the pictures there is no on-board power switch, no TPU/EPU switch, no mem check button and no direct to bios button. This seams to be the lower end of the A88 boards. I would like to see what ASUS can do to the A88 chipest.

It would also be really nice if ASUS stooped using the clear cmos jumpers and did a button for APU boards. Also what happened to ASUS new fan plugs which seance when there is a fan plugged in.
Darkwisdom 26th July 2013, 14:45 Quote
The Hell do you really need an onboard Power switch anyway?
jrs77 26th July 2013, 15:20 Quote
Waiting for the Kaveri-chips and see how the CPU performs. The CPU is currently the biggest hinderness to buy an AMD APU.
Tyinsar 26th July 2013, 15:44 Quote
IMHO APUs need ITX boards & MSATA.
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... when used with Richland or Kaveri APUs, the PCI Express 3.0 slot on both boards will operate as PCI Express 2.0; it's only when coupled with a Kaveri APU that the full functionality of the board is available.
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Gareth Halfacree 26th July 2013, 15:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyinsar
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Whoopsie: the first 'Kaveri' should be 'Trinity.' I'll go fix that now, ta!
mi1ez 26th July 2013, 16:26 Quote
Why have they not left a clear slot below the x16?
fluxtatic 27th July 2013, 06:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyinsar
IMHO APUs need ITX boards & MSATA.

This. At least ITX. I'm so bent on making my wife's new PC on ITX that I'm considering jumping ship to Intel if there aren't any AMD boards available.
Kasvain 27th July 2013, 07:06 Quote
word "kaveri" means "a buddy" or "a friend in the finnish language
Kodongo 28th July 2013, 01:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Why have they not left a clear slot below the x16?

This is what I was thinking too. It should be PCIe 3.0 - [Space] - PCIe 2.0 - PCI.
Bindibadgi 28th July 2013, 06:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Why have they not left a clear slot below the x16?

Because not everyone uses that slot for graphics when they are using the IGP. :)
Vallachia 29th July 2013, 12:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Why have they not left a clear slot below the x16?

Because not everyone uses that slot for graphics when they are using the IGP. :)

But those who do are then not able to use the 1x slot.

It's a fair point. Leaving a space there would have been much more sensible.
Bindibadgi 29th July 2013, 13:03 Quote
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But those who do are then not able to use the 1x slot.

It's a fair point. Leaving a space there would have been much more sensible.

Not really, because leaving a space would mean that EVERYONE has lost the functionality, whether you're running a PCIe graphics card or not.
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