ASRock has been courting the media on their plans for the AMD FM2 socket since its launch. The company’s lineup has been lacking in mid-range options until recently, where in a press release the company detailed their plans for the latest mid-range segment and the products they’d be retailing. Two of them are of ATX size and one is a really cute ITX board. As I discovered earlier today, FM2 boards and processors are still in short supply in the country but that will change soon enough for those of you eager to get your hands on the new APUs.
The big gun in their lineup is the FM2A85X Extreme4. There’s a 6-phase VRM controlling voltage to the processor, support for up to 64GB of DDR3-1866 RAM and Hybrid Crossfire support with the top PCI-Express 2.0 slot. There are actuall two of them, but running proper Crossfire across those is not recommended, with the top one running at the full 16x lane width and the other at 4x. There’s still two PCI-Express x1 ports and three legacy PCI slots, rounding off a great internal connectivity offering.
Port-wise, there are seven 6GB/s SATA ports, one e-SATA port on the back I/O as well as USB 3.0 ports on the front and back panels, HDMI, DVI and D-Sub video connectors, Gigabit ethernet and a full 8-channel audio offering. This board is expected to sit in the $110 price range, a comfortable $20 below a similar Extreme4 ATX board for Intel.
Next there’s the Extreme4-M, featuring the same chipset, same VRM layout, same number of SATA ports and connectivity as its bigger brother, chopping off only two PCI slots and one PCI-Express 1x slot. There’s still the same amount of USB 3.0 ports, the full compliment of video-out ports and the same 64GB of DDR3-1866 limit. There’s virtually no drawback to the smaller size offering, although some legacy purists may opt for the larger ATX model to re-use their existing hardware. Pricing on launch for the M should be around $90.
And finally, there’s this little critter…
This is the FM2A75M-ITX, featuring AMD’s mid-range A75 chipset lifted straight off the FM1 socket. There’s now support for 32GB of RAM at DDR3-1866 speeds, four SATA slots with RAID support and “Hot Plug” functionality (as does the rest of the FM2 lineup), four USB 3.0 ports, the same video connectivity as its bigger brothers and a 4-phase VRM. Being an ITX board, its well suited for small form-factor desktops rocking the A10-5800K quad-core APU or the power-efficient A10-5700.
Worldwide availability of these boards is not confirmed, but we’ve had local supplier Comptium bring in the entire range since the brand’s re-launch with Nick Shih assisting with motherboard design. Expect the ITX board to retail for less than the Z77E-ITX board currently in the country at R1600.
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