ASRock Launches New Mini ITX Motherboard For AMD APUs

Subject: Motherboards | February 14, 2016 - 05:02 AM |
Tagged: mini ITX, FM2+, ddr3, asrock, A88X

ASRock's new A88M-ITX/ac is a tiny new motherboard sporting the FM2+ socket and A88X chipset for AMD APUs. This new board has an interesting design with two DDR3 memory slots set along the top of the board. The FM2+ socket and 5-phase VRM is placed in the center with the chipset and dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi module sitting between the socket and a single PCI-E x16 slot along the bottom edge. Six SATA 6Gbps ports are nestled in the lower right corner. Power input includes a 24-pin ATX and 8-pin CPU which should help any overclocking should this be for a SFF gaming box.

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Rear I/O on the A88M-ITX/ac includes:

  • 1 x PS/2
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 3 x Video outputs
    • 1 x DVI
    • 1 x HDMI 1.4a
    • 1 x VGA
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x GbE (Realtek 8111GR)
  • 3 x Analog Audio (Realtek ALC887 and ELNA audio caps)

This board is clad in black and silver except for the FCH which is copper. While the absence of HDMI 2.0 will be a turn off for those looking for a HTPC to drive a 4K big screen, it could still make for a small budget gaming build. It is nice to see more small form factor options for AMD builds!

Unfortunately, ASRock is not yet talking pricing or availability.

What would you use this Mini ITX AMD motherboard for?

Source: ASRock

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February 14, 2016 | 05:13 AM - Posted by RWGTROLL

I want one, would be a great htpc mobo for my dad

February 14, 2016 | 08:17 AM - Posted by darknas-36

That is so adorable looking now we need to see a mITX AMD Build out of that

February 14, 2016 | 08:24 AM - Posted by booboop (not verified)

"What would you use this Mini ITX AMD motherboard for?"

Getting a refund. If it's not Zen, I don't care.

February 14, 2016 | 09:04 AM - Posted by brisa117

I built a system on a very similar Zotac mini-ITX AM1 board back in 2012. First as a Minecraft server then turned into a cableCARD weilding HTPC. Still runs great! Plus you can use a box like this to stream your Steam games from your gaming rig to your big TV.

February 14, 2016 | 07:46 PM - Posted by SleepModezZ (not verified)

AM1 was introduced in 2014.

February 14, 2016 | 10:33 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

install linux, enjoy all the spying via systemd

February 14, 2016 | 11:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

While systemd is the blob that ate the start-up and is going for more, it is not used in all Linux based builds and there are plenty of options for non systemd based Linux distros! It's much harder to bake spyware into the Linux kernel, and the same is true for any distro DEs/APIs built on top of the Linux kernel, as that will come with many eyes looking at the source code. Because Linux is used in the server world much more than windows, its code is audited more than any other OS, especially the proprietary ones(windows 10) where the baked into the OS spyware can NOT be removed and the source code is NOT available for auditing!

In the Linux world there can be no forcing as there is always the option of forking if the distro is not what the users/developers want, including the option of avoiding systemd! Try doing that with windows and its baked into the OS spyware!

February 14, 2016 | 04:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

riiiiiiiiiiiiight and you think 99.99999999% of linux users are going out of their way to install linux without systemd.


February 15, 2016 | 11:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

For the 99.9999999...% and even the 100% of Linux users it's an option that they have to not use systemd! While with M$'s Windows the options add up to Goose Egg/Nada/no way in hell/Fat chance/when pigs fly/zilch/don't make me laugh/not before the heat death of the universe/...

February 14, 2016 | 06:00 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

bsd or shut your hole.

February 15, 2016 | 11:37 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So that's your Theo de [Rant] of the day! For sure BSD will not have that Poettering trash!

February 15, 2016 | 01:07 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

just another toxic member of the linux community..... so welcoming and friendly *gag*

Yes when I run open source, im running BSD... much better community as well.

February 16, 2016 | 10:43 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"bsd or shut your hole"

Just another toxic member of the Unux community... so welcoming and friendly.


February 16, 2016 | 11:32 AM - Posted by -- (not verified)

im addressing a known and proven yea.

Look at what you do to this place... you are ready to burn PCper to the ground with your non-stop b/s parade.

Go ruin some other site with your nonsense.

February 16, 2016 | 01:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


You're "addressing a known and proven asshole" named Anonymous? How exactly can you tell that Anonymous from all the other Anonymous that comment here?

For that matter, how do you even know which one I am? How do you know what I do here?

Oh that's right, you don't. You're just throwing out whatever attacks you can think of because you're too obsessed with being "right" to actually discuss things without attacking people.

I'd call you a cancer but that would be insulting to cancer.

February 16, 2016 | 01:27 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

you are probably all of them...but it doesn't matter which one you are, they are all jerk off assholes.

and you aren't discuss anything... you just shoot off your canned b/s

M$ - win 10 spy - NSA - black vans - only fools don't run linux - death to spy OS - MS is watching your babies sleep - MS breaks into your bank account and takes your money.

rabble rouser, any post that hits PCper that even 0.0000001% might include anything microsoft YOU WILL BLOW THE COMMENTS UP EVER SINGLE TIME

same line, same shit, none stop.

You don't like it, don't use it... its that simple.

the non-stop crazy train isn't causing people to switch over to linux and abandon windows.. i promise you this.

February 16, 2016 | 02:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

That whole stretch of accusations is hilarious coming from somebody who hasn't posted a single "discussion" comment EVER, and only ever comments to attack people he doesn't agree with.

YOU are the problem with the comments here, princess.

February 16, 2016 | 01:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oh, I almost forgot - you think I'm "ready to burn PCPer to the ground"?

I'll just point to this thread:

where I took the guy spamming the whole "OEMs are gimping Carrizo!!!" thing all over articles that had nothing to do with computers, and shut him the fuck down.

Now go have your drink box and your nap, child.

February 16, 2016 | 02:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If you don't like PCPer's reporting, go somewhere else. It's that simple.

sounds like you need to take some of your own advice.
If you don't like MS, don't use their products. "its that simple"
what are you getting out of mile long rants?

Just reading a few more of your words back at you

Take your immature, childish, "talk about what I want you to talk about and shut up about everything else or I'll spam your comments with what I want to talk about" attitude and fuck yourself with it.

pretty much spot on exactly what you do with any MS related post.

Juice box enabled.

February 16, 2016 | 03:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Are you having fun attributing things to me that I never said? Plenty of "Anonymous" users have posted "mile long rants" about MS - I'm not one of them. But by all means, if it makes you feel like you're "winning", keep attributing them to me.

In the meantime, let's take a look at some of your posts. In fact, let's just take a look at your contributions in February.
What, pray tell, does that "contribute" to any "discussion" other than to mock people?
"Nobody here knows anything but me."
That's productive.
For someone who hates people fanboying about Linux or trash-talking MS, you suuuuuure do enjoy trashtalking anything that has to do with Linux.
I must admit, your rational insights are astonishing. /s
Oh look, once again you can't make your argument without insulting someone. It's a good thing you're smarter than everyone else, right?

Oh, wait, this one's one of my favorites.
Attacking another commenter and demonstrating your rank hypocrisy in the same post? Well done!

No, you're right though. You're the only person who's actually interested in "discussion". Everyone else here is trolls and you're the only "good" and "rational" person on the site. And everyone who disagrees with you, or openly mocks you, is immediately the same person, because you sure as hell can't tell them apart, so they must be the same, right? And obviously they must have PCPer as much as they hate you. It's all one giant conspiracy against you and PCPer!

I know it's probably going to make you cry and scream and throw another tantrum, but like it or not, princess, I'm not the Anonymous one posting "mile long rants" about MS that seem to offend you so much. And despite your made-up-to-make-yourself-feel-relevant hyperbolic accusations, you are not the shining star of rationality on this site.

You are the problem.

February 16, 2016 | 07:36 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

you do understand the guy you just replied to isn't me right?

February 14, 2016 | 10:36 AM - Posted by -- (not verified)

860k and a fury, hell yea mini gaming box!@

February 14, 2016 | 12:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If you want an APU build... save some money and space and get a zbox ma760

Hard to imagine someone using a dedicated GPU card with any CPU that goes into fm2+ socket

February 14, 2016 | 04:32 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

uh the 860k

February 15, 2016 | 10:58 AM - Posted by [CoFR]Prodeous (not verified)

This and the Athlon X4 845 Excavator with 65w would make a nice media or NAS box. I know zen is "around the corner" but for a small build this would be interesting.

Though I so want AM4 socket, so that I can "future proof" them for Zen when they come out "late" this year, as in early next year in volume.

Any information on AM4 motherboards? I remember there were rumours that in March they should be out, and that is "just around the corner" :)

Still as for this FM2+ motherboard. makes me want to build an AMD system (with the x4 845 that is )

February 15, 2016 | 01:03 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

860k still the faster part

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