A88X motherboard with FM2+ Socket offers perfect one-stop system optimization and boosts integrated graphics on all APUs Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization 4-Way Optimization - One Click and Done! Top-up Performance, Efficiency, Digital Power, and System Cooling GPU Boost - Unlock integrated graphics performance for up to 30% boost 5X PROTECTION - All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability, and durability New UEFI BIOS – Full-scale Performance Tuning with Intuitive BIOS Interface Shop Modal header ONE CLICK, BOOST APU PERFORMANCE Learn more about NFC EXPRESS >> *Only FM2+ Processors can support PCIe3.0 Dual Intelligent Processors 4 Intro Multi-Scenario Design Proven Performance 4 Key Tuning Pillars Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization One click for better performance, efficiency, digital power control, reduced noise, and improved cooling. Dynamic Multi-Scenario Design Figuring out the best settings for your PC a challenge? 4-Way Optimization automatically detects the best configuration for your system based on actual usage. Proven Performance The design makes sure your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity, and everything else. *Manual setting in Away Mode *Testing configuration: AMD 6800K|A88X-PRO|G.Skill DDR3-2133 4GB x 2|SSD: OCZ-VTX4-25SAT3-128G|Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 4 Key Tuning Pillars Performance: unlock CPU/iGPU performance with the TPU Efficiency: achieve whole system energy efficiency by reducing power consumption Leading digital power: real-time management of CPU-input voltage regulator via DIGI+ Power Control Customized fan control: detailed supervision of every installed fan improves cooling and reduces noise with Fan Xpert 2 TPU APU performance boost Unleash your computer’s performance with a simple onboard switch or the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility. It works with the TPU chip to offer precise voltage control and advanced monitoring , enabling great freedom to adjust APU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance in all situations. EPU All-round energy efficiency Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through the AI Suite 3 utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. It can manually switch to Away Mode, so that you can download and stream content or backup data when away from your PC, which minimizes power draw to save money, creating a more efficient PC. DIGI+ Power Control Precise Digital Power Control for both APU and DRAM Power control is one of the most essential motherboard designs. Intelligent APU power draw detection with ASUS DIGI+ Power Control is an innovative, industry-leading technology that fully complies with Intel® VRD12.5 specifications, increasing overclocking potential, enhancing system stability, and improving power efficiency with superior flexibility and accurate control. Fan Xpert 2 Comprehensive controls for the perfect cool and quiet balance Hardware-level ASUS Fan Xpert 2 literally blows away the competition. It can scan each fan’s characteristics through automatic fan speed detection, delivering custom settings for each 4-pin/3-pin CPU and chassis fan with a single click and achieving the best balance of cooling performance and low noise. RPM Fixed Mode For users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0dB with highly specific fan speed control, which also reacts to system load for greater precision. Hands-on Video Performance Boost GPU Boost USB 3.0 Boost GPU Boost Unlock integrated graphics performance for up to 30% boost 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. 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 1st 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. Hands-on Video 5X Protection Intro DIGI+ VRM Overcurrent Protection ESD Guards 5K-hr Solid Caps Stainless Steel Back I/O ASUS 5X Protection All-round 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 APU 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. DIGI+ Power Control (DIGI+ VRM & DRAM) Precise Digital Power Control for both APU and DRAM Power control is one of the most essential motherboard designs. Intelligent APU power draw detection with ASUS DIGI+ Power Control is an innovative, industry-leading technology increasing overclocking potential, enhancing system stability, and improving power efficiency with superior flexibility and accurate control *DIGI+ VRM functions also available in FM2+ & FM2 CPUs. Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection Short-circuit damage prevention Onboard resettable fuses prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard system and device lifespan. ESD Guards Strong ESD protection for extended component lifespan Electrostatic discharges (ESD) can happen suddenly, and their damaging effects are often underestimated. ASUS ESD Guards offer an active protective circuit design that ensures electrostatic discharges are properly grounded, providing greater component longevity. High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid State Capacitors 2.5X longer lifespan with excellent durability ASUS high-quality solid state capacitors assure a 5,000-hour lifespan, equivalent to 2.5 times longer than traditional capacitors. All capacitors pass testing under temperatures as high as 105 degrees centigrade and meet Japanese industrial standards to provide excellent durability and enhanced thermal capacity. Stainless Steel Back I/O 3X more durable corrosion-resistant coating ASUS motherboard back I/O panels are made from strong and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to enhance anti-corrosive properties. Passing 72-hour spray salt endurance tests, ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a usage life three times longer compared to ordinary panels. New UEFI BIOS Intro New EZ Mode My Favorites/Shortcut Quick Note/Last Modified SATA Port Renaming 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, D.O.C.P profile settings, SATA information, and fast clock adjustment. Together, these perfect your BIOS experience. Hands-on Video 1. Fast Clock Adjustment Easily change the time and date in EZ Mode using the mouse. 2. EZ D.O.C.P Settings Quickly apply D.O.C.P settings in UEFI BIOS EZ Mode, achieving better DRAM performance. 3. EZ Fan Settings As demanded by the community, detailed fan controls come to EZ Mode so you can switch fan profiles for quick cooling and noise-level supervision. 4. SATA Information Displays each SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices. My Favorites Get all your favorite functions on one page F4 or right click to add settings to My Favorites under Advanced Mode, which cuts time spent on searching and further speeds up system tuning. Shortcut One press to apply and access frequent settings Now you can customize your own shortcut log by pressing F4 or right clicking to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings. Instantly access them by simply hitting the F3 hotkey. Quick Note You no longer need to have a pen and paper notepad around. Quick Note works inside the BIOS so you can just type remarks and ideas to help you remember important settings info and save time on trial and error. Last Modified Always forget those important BIOS changes you did? This friendly function creates a tuning log to track your BIOS settings history, which can be saved onto a USB drive. SATA Port Renaming You can rename your SATA ports for easy identification, including by usage scenario. Get greater convenience and spend less time on finding the right devices when you want to change settings. Remote GO! Intro Cloud GO! Remote Desktop Media Streaming Hub File Transfer Remote GO! One-stop PC remote control and home entertainment Remote GO! links PCs, tablets, smartphones, and TVs wirelessly through a LAN cable and router. It allows you to stream multimedia content from PC to DLNA devices, access your computer anywhere using smart devices at home, and easily transfer files to and from your PC. Now upgraded with new Cloud GO!, which syncs your multiple cloud storage accounts and backs up content to your PC with one click. Set up Your Home PC with Remote GO! 1.Wi-Fi environment setup - use an existing LAN cable and router setup to connect PC and smart devices on the same home network 2.Install Remote GO! software on your PC 3.Download Wi-Fi GO! &NFC Remote to your smart devices (Supported Systems: iOS & Android) 4.Setup complete - get four free apps with ASUS Remote GO! Cloud GO! One stop to sync and backup for your cloud storage Your cloud file manager for ASUS WebStorage, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Synchronize files across cloud storage accounts with a click, with no more bothersome uploading and downloading to and from different accounts. *2013 Google Inc. All rights reserved. Google and the Google Logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc. Remote Desktop Check your PC in real-time from a smartphone or a tablet Accesses your PC from smart devices with real-time control for complete comfort. This function creates a virtual desktop on smart devices, offering portable access to content and control over your PC from anywhere at home. Media Streaming Hub Streaming multimedia content is easier than before Streaming multimedia content is easier than before Enjoy HD content, music, and photos from PC on your HDTV via Wi-Fi, perfect for creating your own home theater! File Transfer Easy data sharing Send and share files between your PC and smart devices with only a right click on the mouse. The Latest Transfer Speed 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 32GB/s, delivering unprecedented data speeds combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility. *Only FM2+ Processors can support PCIe3.0 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. SATA 6.0 Gb/s Twice the speed ASUS provides SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of SATA 3Gb/s. EZ DIY AI Suite 3 USB BIOS Flashback Network iControl MemOK! Q-Design 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. USB BIOS Flashback Simple plug and press hardware-based BIOS flashing Hardware-level USB BIOS Flashback allows users to update to new UEFI BIOS versions even without a CPU or DRAM installed. Just plug in a USB flash drive containing the BIOS file and press the BIOS Flashback button for 3 seconds with the power supply connected. Hassle-free updating for ultimate convenience! Network iControl Real-time network bandwidth management One click to prioritize 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. MemOK! Enhanced memory compatibility: save time on trial and error Memory issues can be difficult to diagnose and even harder to fix or work around. If RAM problems are preventing your system from booting, MemOK! helps by automatically loading failsafe settings to enable basic functionality with a simple push of a button on the motherboard. This troubleshooting feature saves you time and annoyance, and adds to the confidence of DIY builders. Q-Connector Easy, quick, and accurate connections Motherboard front panel wires and connectors used to be notorious as the hardest and most tedious part of the build process. You had to figure out which one went where, or consult confusing manuals. This took forever and caused needless frustration. The Q-Connector steps in to take care of all that. It’s a one-piece plug that sits on top of the front panel headers, with clearly marked inputs for each. You no longer have to mess with easily-bent pins. The wires go into the Q-Connector, and you’re good to go. Q-Slot Effortless PCI Express component removal Press the Q-Slot clip lightly, and graphics cards just pop out. The large winged clip is easy to reach so you don’t have to struggle with installing or removing even the biggest graphics cards. Hands-on Video Q-Code Detailed PC status display and diagnostics Designed to instantly recognize POST status and for precise troubleshooting. Users can check the table in the user guide for more information. Q-Shield Easy and safe on fingers Unlike other I/O shields with their sharp edges, the exclusive Q-Shield is soft and pliable to protect your hands from cuts. Ease of install and safety are always first! Windows 8 Exclusive Features DirectKey ASUS Boot Setting 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! Hands-On Video *Motherboard image used is for demonstration purposes only. ASUS Boot Setting Multiple startup 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 2-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 Hands-On Video Multi-GPU/Monitors 4K Ultra HD Multi-monitor support Dual Graphics Technology Eyefinity Support Quad-GPU CrossFireX support 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. *Only FM2+ APU can support up to 4096 x 2160 resolution display via HDMI port Work with up to 3 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. AMD® Dual Graphics Technology AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics is an exclusive technology only available to AMD platforms. It allows AMD APUs and selected AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 series graphics cards to work together, delivering an unrivalled 3D gaming graphics quality and performance. By combining both the discrete and integrated graphics processors, gamers can now enjoy faster and smoother frame rates on any latest gaming titles. AMD® Eyefinity Technology Supporting multiple independent display outputs simultaneously, AMD®Eyefinity technology delivers innovative graphics display capabilities enabling massive desktop workspaces and ultra-immersive visual environments for the ultimate panoramic computing experience Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support Brings you multi-GPU support using AMD CrossFireX. The A88X chipset optimizes PCI Express allocation in multiple graphics card configurations, so you can expect brand-new gaming like you’ve never experienced before! APU and Chipset Features APU and chipset AMD® A-Series Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ R Series Graphics This motherboard fully supports the latest AMD Socket FM2+ Kaveri APUs with AMD Radeon R series graphics and retains compatibility with AMD Socket FM2 (Richland and Trinity) APUs. AMD Socket FM2+ APUs support Microsoft® DirectX 11.1 for incredibly fast and smooth graphics, native PCI Express 3.0 for full-speed expansion and 4K resolutions via HDMI and DisplayPort connections. AMD® A88X FCH(Bolton D4) AMD® A88X FCH (Bolton D4) is designed to support up to 5GT/s interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 graphics. It natively supports 8 x SATA 6Gb/s ports and 4 x USB 3.0 Ports. 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.