ASUS A88X-Pro Motherboard Review
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
WHAT WE LIKED:Great Aesthetics, PCIe 3.0 Support, Stable CPU Overclocking, Dual Graphics Support
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Lacks GPU Overclocking, Legacy PCI Slots
A88X Chipset & AMD 7850K
First let’s take a look at the new A88X chipset and see what AMD updated in this round for the A Series APU’s.
When you are comparing the A88X to the A85X Chipset, there weren’t many changes from the FM2+ based socket except for the 2 additional pins on the socket. AMD continues using the Hudson Chipset otherwise known or called D4. We also find the additional support of 2 serial ATA ports and Raid 5 features. Additionally we see updated in the audio co-processor for the true audio experience. Last but not least, there is also updated support of PCIe 3.0 x16 vs the older PCIe 2.0. Aside from these changes, everything else from the A85X chipset remains untouched.
Unfortunately trying to locate the new A88X block set diagram resulted in zero success, (yes, we did a Google/Bing search). Because of this, we have the AMD A85X chipset block as comparison. One of the great features with the FM2+ based socket is that it is also backwards compatible with the FM2 APUs. So, the answer is yes! Those of you with the 6800K “Richland” processor can also use the A88X chipset as a alternative to the A85x.
Now to put the A88X chipset to full steam testing, today we are going to use the new AMD APU A10-7850K. This is the new flagship APU processor which sports a 12 compute core system, (4 CPU and 8 GPU). We have the CPU base clocks at 3.7GHz which Turbos up to 4.0GHz. We also have an AMD Radeon R7 graphics core with a core speed of 720MHz. It also has a total TDP of 95W and support for native memory speeds of 2133MHz. Let’s take a glance at some details and features of the AMD A10-7850K APU.
Now that we have covered the A88X chipset and AMD A10-7850K APU a little bit, let’s move forward and take a look at the ASUS A88X-Pro Motherboard.