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Asus A88XM-PLUS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £56
inc VAT

With excellent performance and a great price, this is a great budget FM2+ board with a user-friendly UEFI BIOS


FM2+, microATX, A88X chipset, supports: AMD A-Series, Athlon

If you’re looking to build a budget FM2 or FM2+ system, the Asus A88XM-Plus looks an enticing prospect with its low price. It’s a microATX board, which means that you don’t get the same range of expansion ports as on an ATX board.


Even so, there are just two PCI-E x16 slots. The main slot runs at the full speed using the PCI Express 3.0 standard, so this should be the home for a single graphics card. The second x16 slot runs at x4 and conforms to the PCI Express 2.0 standard. You can use both slots together for dual-GPU graphics using CrossFireX, or you can just use the second PCI-E x16 for an expansion card. There’s also a PCI-E x1 slot and a single PCI slot, but the latter will be obscured if you install a graphics card.

There’s no need to install a graphics card, as the AM2+ CPUs have decent onboard graphics that will cope with light gaming. With the VGA, DVI and HDMI outputs you can connect multiple monitors, too. This is a great news as you may be able to save money by not having to buy an external graphics card.


You won’t run out of RAM, as the A88XM-Plus has four DDR3 memory slots that can support up to 64GB of RAM at maximum speeds of 2,133MHz or 2,400MHz when overclocked. This is more than most users will ever need, but it’s handy to have the headroom to expand.

The board’s A88X chipset board has eight SATA3 ports. This takes the hassle out of installing new drives, as you can be sure that each one will be performing at the best speeds as soon as you plug it in.

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Basic Specifications

Processor socketFM2+
Form factormicroATX
Processor supportAMD A-Series, Athlon
Processor external bus100MHz
Chipset north bridgeA88X
Chipset south bridgeA88X
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3
Maximum memory speedPC3-19200
Memory slots4
Maximum memory64GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information


Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureCrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots1
Fan headers3
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports0
RAID chipset (max disks)AMD A88X (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD)


Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC887 (3x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers6/8
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports2x PS/2
Other portsVGA, DVI, HDMI
Cables included2x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment300MHz

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