Category: chipsets

If you thought that the ECS LIVA we reviewed earlier is the smallest PC powered by an Intel processor, you are probably half correct. At the Intel Future Showcase event held last week in Singapore, Intel showcase some of their reference design of products. One such product is a Next Unit of Computing (NUC) PC powered by Intel BayTrial-T embedded within a stick that is similar to the size of a USB Stick.

Here is how it looks like.


The stick requires an external power and has a HDMI connector for output and a USB port for expansion.

AMD Mobile “Carrizo” Family of APUs Designed to Deliver Significant Leap in Performance, Energy Efficiency in 2015

2015 AMD Mobile Roadmap Adds “Carrizo” and “Carrizo-L” SoCs to APU Lineup



SINGAPORE Nov 20, 2014) – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at its Future of Compute event announced the addition of its first high performance system-on-a-chip (SoC), codenamed “Carrizo”, and a mainstream SoC codenamed “Carrizo-L” as part of the company’s 2015 AMD Mobile APU family roadmap. In collaboration with hardware and software partners, these new 2015 AMD Mobile APUs are designed as complete solutions for gaming, productivity applications, and ultra high-definition 4K experiences. With support for Microsoft® DirectX® 12, OpenCL® 2.0, AMD’s Mantle API, AMD FreeSync and support for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows® 10 operating system, the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family enables the experiences consumers expect.

“We continue to innovate and build upon our existing IP to deliver great products for our customers,” said John Byrne, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics business group, AMD. “AMD’s commitment to graphics and compute performance, as expressed by our goal to improve APU energy efficiency 25x by 2020, combines with the latest industry standards and fresh innovation to drive the design of the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family. We are excited about the experiences these new APUs will bring and look forward to sharing more details in the first half of next year.”

The flagship “Carrizo” processor will integrate the new x86 CPU core codenamed “Excavator” with next generation AMD Radeon™ graphics in the world’s first Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) 1.0 compliant SoC. The “Carrizo-L” SoC integrates the CPU codenamed “Puma+” with AMD Radeon™ R-Series GCN GPUs and is intended for mainstream configurations. In addition, an AMD Secure Processor will be integrated into the “Carrizo” and “Carrizo-L” APUs, enabling ARM® TrustZone® across the entire family for the security commercial customers and consumers expect. Utilizing a single package infrastructure for “Carrizo” and “Carrizo-L,” the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family simplifies partner designs across a broad range of commercial and consumer mobile systems.

“Carrizo” and “Carrizo-L,” are scheduled to ship in 1H 2015, with laptop and All-in-One systems based on the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family expected in market by mid-year 2015.

GIGABYTE Launches New X99M-Gaming 5 mATX Motherboard

Bringing a Compact, Yet Powerful Solution to the GIGABYTE X99 Gaming Lineup

Taipei, Taiwan, November 18th, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards announced today the new X99M-Gaming 5, a mATX addition to its X99 lineup based on the Intel® X99 chipset with support for the new Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition (Haswell-E) processor and latest DDR4 memory support.

With the GIGABYTE X99M-Gaming 5 motherboard, the ultimate gaming station does not have to be bulky and expensive. With a compact, yet feature rich design, the X99M-Gaming 5 is an affordable solution packed with high-end features including GIGABYTE AMP-UP audio technologies, onboard SATA-Express and M.2 ports for fast data transfers, and a Killer gigabit Lan port from Qualcomm Atheros for better online gaming performance.

2-Way Graphics Support
Gaming is all about getting high quality and responsive graphics; featuring two full x16 Gen. 3 PCI Express slots, the GIGABYTE X99M-Gaming 5 motherboard can support 2-way CrossFire or SLI graphics configurations. With a dual GPU setup, you can ensure that your PCI DIY build will cover the system requirements of the most graphics demanding games out there.

GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio™ Technology
GIGABYTE Gaming motherboards are equipped with the GIGABYTE exclusive AMP-UP Audio Technology, which provides the industry’s highest level of onboard audio features and technologies. With GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio, gamers and audiophiles are able to experience crisp, ultra realistic sound effects while gaming, and the richest possible sound experience when listening to their favorite music and movies.

Realtek ALC 1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-In Reat Audio Amplifier
The Realtek ALC1150 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.
The ALC1150 provides ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1-channel sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. Two stereo ADCs are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies. The ALC1150 incorporates Realtek proprietary converter technology to achieve Front differential output 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality.

Upgradeable OP-AMP
The GIGABYTE X99M-Gaming 5 motherboard feature an onboard OP-AMP socket, allowing enthusiasts to swap out the motherboard’s onboard operational amplifier (OP-AMP) and explore personal audio preferences using a range of nuanced OP-AMPs available on the market. Additional amplifiers can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.

High End Audio Capacitors
The GIGABYTE X99M-Gaming 5 is equipped with high end, Japanese branded Nichicon audio capacitors. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.

Featuring four USB 2.0 ports, GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your Digital-to-Analog Converter. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports, which is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations and ensures the best audio experience possible.

Gold Plated Audio Hardware
For improved connectivity and long lasting durability of some of the most vulnerable I/O, the X99M-Gaming 5 pack top quality gold plated audio connectors. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use.

Ambient LED
The GIGABYTE X99M-Gaming 5 features LED lighting for the audio guard light path, providing a cool, custom look to your rig. These lights are now programmable, so you can have them beat to the rhythm of the music you are listening to, or pulse at a soothing pace to create a great atmosphere to enhance the environment of your game, movie or music.

Killer Networking
The GIGABYTE X99M-Gaming 5 motherboard features the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions. The Killer™ E2200 features Advanced Stream Detect technology, which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic to ensure important applications that require high-speed connectivity are prioritized over less important traffic.
Quad Channel DDR4
The next generation of DRAM is here with DDR4. Featuring stock frequencies starting at 2133 MHz, DDR4 delivers up to 20% less energy consumption and twice as much density as the previous generation DDR3. DDR4 can help GIGABYTE X99 users to load their programs faster, increase responsiveness of their system and help them to handle heavy data tasks in a flash. The GIGABYTE X99M-Gaming 5 motherboard includes Quad Channel DDR4 memory support, bringing exceptionally fast memory access.

Genuine All Digital Power Design
GIGABYTE X99 motherboards use an all digital CPU power design from International Rectifier® which includes both digital 4thGeneration digital PWM Controller and industry-leading 3rdGeneration PowIRstage™ controllers. These 100% digital controllers offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard’s most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from their next generation Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme processors.

IR Digital PWN and IR PowIRstage® ICs
This new generation of IR® digital power controllers and PowIRstage® ICs feature Isense technology, which provides more precise current sensing accuracy. This helps evenly distribute the thermal loading between the PowerIRstage® ICs, preventing the overheating of each individual PowIRstage®, resulting in longer lifespan and better reliability.

Server Level Chokes by Cooper Bussmann
GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards feature Server Level Cooper Bussmann Chokes.

  • - Server level reliability
  • - High current capacity
  • - New design reduces heat created by power loss and provides efficient power delivery to CPU VRM area.

Long Lifespan Durable Black™ Solid Caps
GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at the maximum efficiency for extended periods, even in extreme performance configurations. This provides peace of mind for end users who want to push their system hard, yet demand complete stability and reliability.

Dual M.2 Technology for SSD Drive and WIFI Card
Fast Data Transfer and Advanced WIFI Networking
The GIGABYTE X99M-Gaming 5 features Dual M.2 technology which provides users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices and 11AC WIFI + Bluetooth 4.0. Delivering up to 10 Gb/s data transfer speeds, M.2 offers considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) storage devices. GIGABYTE’s stacked design optimizes the PCB real-estate usage, allowing more components to be efficiently added without compromising any space.
Next Generation SATA Express Connector
Featured on the X99M-Gaming 5 motherboard is an onboard SATA Express connector which provides performance far superior to that of current SATA technologies. SATA Express features data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s, considerably higher than SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s), which won’t bottleneck faster NAND flash technologies in cutting edge SSDs. SATA Express combines the benefits of PCI-Express and SATA to provide much higher bandwidth, allowing SATA Express based drives to perform at similar speeds as PCI-Express based drives.

Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition CPUs (Haswell-E)
Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition Processors are Intel’s first 8 core desktop CPUs and is the first to support DDR4 memory. These next generation 22nm CPUs delivers greater performance and energy efficiency as well as the industry’s highest level of discrete graphics performance by sporting 40 PCIe Gen.3 lanes, which GIGABYTE X99 motherboards are able to take full advantage of, delivering bandwidth totaling 320 Gb/s for the most demanding gamers or graphics intensive creation tasks such as video editing. On top of that, Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition CPUs deliver 8 core (16 threaded) multitask processing, higher frequencies, as well as larger cache size.

Additionally, GIGABYTE X99 users can draw even more performance out of their Extreme Edition CPUs, as they are fully unlocked for overclocking. With enhanced overclocking oriented options available on all GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards, users will be able to take full advantage of all the performance potential of Intel Extreme Edition CPUs.
* CPU core count and PCIe bandwidth varies by CPU model.

ASRock Partners with Ubisoft to Bundle the Ghost Recon Phantoms Assassin’s Creed Pack

TAIPEI, Taiwan, November 19, 2014 – The leading motherboard maker ASRock is offering a limited number of redemption codes for limited-edition “Assassin’s Creed Pack” items of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms with every ASRock Intel 8/9 series, Intel Bay Trail-D series and AMD FM2+ series motherboards. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms will be available in ASRock’s APP Shop starting from Nov 19, 2014, ASRock motherboard buyers will be granted a FREE offer of “Assassin’s Creed Pack” gear worth US$15!

Limited offer of Assassins Creed Pack


↑Get the rare hood, armor and weapons with the “Assassin’s Creed Pack” for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms in ASRock APP Shop!

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms is a team-based, tactical, third-person, PC shooter game. Players step into the boots of an elite Ghost and choose among three classes, then deploy cutting-edge weapons and technology while linking up with their squad to dominate tomorrow’s battlefield. Now ASRock not only provides easy access to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms in the APP Shop, but also limited-edition “Assassin’s Creed Pack” items, including an iconic EV-S1 HOOD AC, Light Tactical Suit AC T. and three FIVE SEVEN AC weapons. Only a limited number of lucky users will get the chance to gear up with an Assassin’s hood and armor on the Ghost Recon Phantoms battlefield with just 2,000 FREE packs available with ASRock Intel 8/9 series, Intel Bay Trail-D series and AMD FM2+ series motherboards!

↑FREE offer of the “Assassin’s Creed Pack” for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms is only available in ASRock’s APP Shop while supplies last!

ASRock APP Shop is an all-in-one software package that delivers you the most practical PC apps and tools, in one integrated interface – from ASRock exclusive tools to the most update-to-date options of the latest technology. It provides various apps and support software for users to download. Users who buy ASRock selected motherboards can easily optimize their system and keep their motherboard up to date with ASRock APP Shop.

This bundle program covers all countries worldwide, and is now available on ASRock APP Shop in English, French, German, Polish, Russia and Portuguese versions. Currently the game is not available for China.

BIOSTAR has announced the J1800NH2, a mini ITX mainboard with CPU on board, (known as System on a Chip or SoC). These boards are small and efficient using a small form factor with a fan-less embedded CPU, and have low power consumption. It’s a small, quiet solution for all manner of industrial applications.


The BIOSTAR J1800NH2 is the latest in all-in-one board that takes advantage of the optimized performance of Intel’s Bay Trail chipset by delivering a new generation of technology with value-added features and easy integration.

The J1800NH2 board, being in the mini-ITX form factor, is backwards compatible with ATX and micro-ATX form factors. The ITX form factor allows you to build small and energy efficient solutions. The J1800NH2 is a simple, affordable and internet centric computer design in a compact 17x17cm size. It is the ideal solution for an ultra small form factor system and easily used with various chassis makes.

For the Smart Office situation, the J1800NH2 ITX board will give you a budget saving dual core computing based on the Intel J1800 chips. This is a silent, fan-less design featuring low power consumption. It is perfect for office space saving and creating a neat and tidy office area, and ultra speed data transfers are no problem with the USB 3.0 interface. It also features USB Poly-switch which is BIOSTAR’s on board dedicated power fuse to help prevent USB port failures by preventing USB Port over currents and safe-guarding your system and devices.

With the J1800NH2 there are a multitude of business applications such as Digital Signage, Thin Clients, Point of Sales units and Kiosks

For more on the J1800NH2 go to:

ASUS Announces X99 Series Motherboards

X99-Deluxe, X99-Pro and X99-A release ultimate performance from X99 chipset with patent-pending OC Socket and exclusive 5-Way Optimization technology

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Singapore (2nd September, 2014) — ASUS today announced X99-Deluxe, X99-Pro and X99-A, three new ATX motherboards based on the Intel® X99 chipset and packed with exclusive technologies, including OC Socket and 5-Way Optimization, to ensure ultimate performance from the latest LGA 2011-v3 Intel Core i7 processors.

X99-Deluxe is the flagship model, with a bundled ASUS Hyper M.2 x4 expansion card for ultra-fast 32Gbit/s transfer speeds; onboard 3×3 (3T3R) 802.11ac for ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1,300Mbit/s; and an ASUS Fan Extension Card for flexible additional cooling. With a cool, streamlined outlook that includes a broad, striking-white shield, X99-Deluxe and X99-Pro also deliver the futuristic style and strong performance demanded by PC enthusiasts



All new X99 Series motherboards also feature Crystal Sound 2 for flawless audio; Turbo LAN technology for lag-free online gaming and productivity; and our renowned UEFI BIOS for intuitive setup and control.


OC Socket and 5-Way Optimization for pumped overclocking performance

X99 Series motherboards are equipped with a brand-new ASUS invention — our patent-pending OC Socket. This unique socket includes extra pins that connect proprietary circuitry to extra contacts found on Haswell-E’s land grid array (LGA), and is 100% compatible with Intel’s new LGA 2011-v3 (‘Haswell-E’) processors. In combination with the ASUS UEFI BIOS, OC Socket enables higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower latencies and enhanced stability while overclocking, extending all the way to extreme overclocking conditions, such as Liquid Nitrogen (LN2).Users are also able to increase DDR4 memory frequencies to 3200MHz and beyond, even with all eight DIMM slots populated.

PC enthusiasts also benefit from exclusive 5-Way Optimization technology to dynamically optimize an X99-Deluxe-based PC with one click. First up is Turbo Processor Unit (TPU), which offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for both the CPU and the graphics card. Then there’s Energy Processing Unit (EPU) to deliver system-wide real-time power savings, controlled via a simple onboard switch or the easy-to-use AI Suite 3 utility.

5-Way Optimization technology also includes the Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) to enhance performance, increase efficiency and ensure reliability, and Fan Xpert 3 for peerless customized fan control. Completing the 5-Way Optimization technology line-up is Turbo App, an intuitive tuning panel to tailor and boost all parts of the system for specific games or programs.

Loaded with extreme hardware for extreme builds

X99-Deluxe is a high-end motherboard loaded with extras for truly awesome builds. The bundled Hyper M.2 x4 expansion card gives users flexibility to equip their systems with up to two M.2 devices to enjoy transfer speeds of up to 32Gbit/s. Hyper M.2 x4 supports M.2 devices from the smallest 30mm (2230) to full-length 110mm (221100) cards.

The supplied ASUS Fan Extension Card provides flexible additional cooling in the shape of three 4-pin/3-pin fan headers. With a hardware-level PWM/DC mode, Fan Extension Card offers exceptional control and is ideal for water-cooled or extreme-airflow high-performance systems.

X99-Deluxe also has super-fast 802.11ac wireless connectivity on board. The three-transmit, three-receive (3×3) antenna configuration enables wireless speeds of up to 1,300Mbit/s.

In common with the other X99-series motherboards, X99-Deluxe supports the ASUS ThunderboltEX II expansion card. This gives users the freedom to add Thunderbolt 2 connectivity to X99-Deluxe at any time for bi-directional transfer speeds up to 20Gbit/s — that’s four times (4X) faster than USB 3.0.


A complete X99 line-up

X99-Pro and X99-A complete the ASUS X99 motherboard line-up. Both boards will arrive slightly later than X99-Deluxe but share many of the same powerful features.



Models X99-Deluxe X99-Pro X99-A
Selling Price (SGD) $639 $519 $449
Availability NOW Coming Soon Coming Soon



ASUS X99-Deluxe
Processor/CPU socket LGA 2011-v3 socket for new Intel® Core i7 processors
Chipset Intel X99 Express
Memory Quad-channel memory architecture; 8 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 3200MHz (OC)Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) supported
Expansion slots 40-lane CPU:5 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x16/x16, triple at x16/x16/x8**, quad at x8/x8/x16/x8 or quintuple at x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 mode)1 x PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot (compatible with PCI Express x1 and x4 devices) 

28-lane CPU:

3 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x16/x8 or triple at x8/x8/x8 mode)

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (maximum at x1 mode, compatible with PCI Express x1 devices)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot (compatible with PCI Express x1 and x4 devices)

Multi-GPU support Up to 3-way NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD® CrossFireX™
Storage 2 x SATA Express ports8 x SATA 6Gbit/s ports1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices supported (PCI Express SSDs only)
Networking/LAN Intel® I218-V & I211-AT Gigabit LANASUS Turbo LAN Utility3x3 (3T3R) 802.11ac Wi-Fi with ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
USB 14 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (10 on back panel, 4 mid-board)6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 on back panel, 4 mid-board)
Bundled accessories ASUS Fan Extension CardASUS Hyper M.2 X4
Key features OC Socket, 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5, 5X Protection, UEFI BIOS, Turbo App, Turbo LAN and  Crystal Sound 2.
Dimensions / form factor ATX, 12-inch x 9.6-inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm)



Processor/CPU socket LGA 2011-v3 socket for new Intel® Core i7 processors
Chipset Intel X99 Express
Memory Quad-channel memory architecture; 8 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 3200MHz (OC)Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) supported
Expansion slots 40-lane CPU:3 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x16/x16 or triple at x16/x16/x8)1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (maximum at x4 mode, compatible with PCI Express x1 and x4 devices)2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot (compatible with PCI Express x1)


28-lane CPU:

3 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x16/x8 or triple at x16/x8/x4)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (maximum at x4 mode, compatible with PCI Express x1 and x4 devices)

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot (compatible with PCI Express x1)

Multi-GPU support Up to 3-way NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD® CrossFireX™
Storage 1 x SATA Express port8 x SATA 6Gbit/s ports1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (PCI Express SSDs only)
Networking/LAN Intel® I218-V Gigabit LANASUS Turbo LAN Utility
USB 10 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (6 on back panel, 4 mid-board)8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on back panel, 4 mid-board)
Key features OC Socket, 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5, 5X Protection, UEFI BIOS, Turbo App, Turbo LAN and  Crystal Sound 2.
Dimensions / form factor ATX, 12-inch x 9.6-inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm)



ASUS Announces AMD APU Gaming Motherboard – A88X-Gamer

Socket FM2+ ATX gaming motherboard delivers absolute fun with Gigabit Ethernet, exclusive SupremeFX audio and rock-solid Gamer’s Guardian components


Singapore (11th August, 2014) — ASUS today announced A88X-Gamer, a new AMD® A88X chipset-based ATX gaming motherboard engineered with exclusive technologies to deliver absolute fun.

A88X-Gamer is equipped with the latest Intel® Gigabit Ethernet networking for fast, lag-free online-gaming experiences, exclusive SupremeFX technology for flawless gaming audio and exclusive Gamer’s Guardian components for exceptional durability and reliability. It also includes the ASUS-exclusive AI Suite 3 software to unleash the true power of AMD accelerated-processing units (APUs).

Gaming audio

A88X-Gamer players benefit from exclusive SupremeFX technology for near-lossless audio with a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 115dB — so gamers hear every sound detail.

The advanced audio chipset is isolated from electromagnetic interference (EMI) by a protective shield, preserving the integrity of the audio signals. Exclusive ‘red-line shielding’ horizontally separates SupremeFX audio components from the rest of the motherboard. This unique combination effectively eliminates analog interference to ensure flawless sound quality. Premium ELNA® audio capacitors are added to the mix to deliver a warmer, natural sound to complete the audio experience.

SupremeFX also has a built-in amplifier that drives high-quality headphones — all the way up to 300ohm impedance — for sound quality that’s as great as a dedicated sound card.


Gaming networking

A88X-Gamer’s networking is powered by Intel Gigabit Ethernet. This has the advantage of communicating directly with Intel processors to offer exceptionally-high Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) throughput, lowering overall processing demands and improving efficiency — releasing more power for games and gameplay.


Gamer’s Guardian components

A88X-Gamer is engineered with high-quality, highly-durable Gamer’s Guardian components for exceptional real-world protection.

Gamer’s Guardian includes onboard resettable fuses that protect the connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage, while exceptionally high-quality, Japanese-made 10K black-metallic capacitors offer greater temperature endurance and improved lifespans.


Gamer’s Guardian ESD Guards on the USB ports, audio connectors and Ethernet (LAN) port ensure that A88X-Gamer is actively protected against sudden electrostatic discharge (ESD). The result is that the components last much longer.


A88X-Gamer also has the ASUS-exclusive Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) to enhance performance, increase efficiency and ensure reliability, and a stainless-steel back input/output (I/O) panel that’s chromium-plated and corrosion-resistant to last up to three times (3X) longer than traditional panels.


Envelope-pushing APU performance with AI Suite 3

A88X-Gamer includes AI Suite 3, an ASUS-exclusive dashboard-style control panel that lets gamers fine-tune almost every aspect of A88X-Gamer-based systems for the best balance between performance, stability and efficiency — all via a simple and intuitive interface.


Models A88X-Gamer
Selling Price (SGD) $169
Availability NOW


Last week, we mentioned that most manufacturers might not be showing off their X99 boards as Z97 is still very new. Looks like I am wrong.

At the MSI booth at Computex 2014, the static board is on display.

The motherboard is based on the next generation Intel X99 chipset and spots 8 x DDR4 DIMM slots and has a LGA 2011-13 socket. It also has 4 full length PCIe slots.

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MSI showcase world’s first motherboard with USB 3.1. It is capable of supporting up to 10Gbps interface speed.

The USB interface is powered by ASMedia ASM1142 controller and is capable of delivering up to 10Gbps SuperSpeed+ USB bandwidth.

It looks like USB 3.1 could be available on AMD boards too since the M.2 and SATA Express would most likely be an Intel Z97 series.

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ASUS Z97 Technical Seminar 2014 held at IBIS Hotel
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Last Friday, ASUS held a Technical Seminar for both retailers and end users in Singapore at IBIS HOTEL.


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The focus products of this technical event were the new Intel Z97 motherboards. They are classified under the ROG Z97 Series, TUF Z97 Series and the ASUS Z97 Series.

The ASUS Z97 Series is probably the most consumer oriented range and it supports all the Z97 chipset features.

Some of the new features of the Intel Z97 series include support for 4th and 5th generation core processors. As an enhanced Z87, it now supports DDR3-3300 (OC) dual channel and two other new features namely M.2 Support and SATA Express both delivering 10Gb/s of data throughput.

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Other than the chipset itself, ASUS has enhanced it’s full product suite with an upgraded Fan Xpert3 and Turbo App to it’s 5 way optimisation which includes TPU, EPU  and DIGI+ Power.

Turbo App basically is a software that sets customised settings for each application e.g system performance, audio and network prioritisation. The enhanced FanXpert3 now includes more thermal sensors onboard.

TPU is now enhanced with TPU 1 and TPU 2. With TPU 2, you can now adjust both BCLK + Ratio boost.

Some other features include Crystal Sound 2 which has Left and Right channel audio shielded to reduce total harmonic distortion and NFC2 for wireless charging and app activation etc.


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Exhibits of the different models of ASUS Z97 boards is on the next page

Pricing of the ASUS Z97 boards

You have probably read about the upcoming Intel X99 chipset which features DDR4 support. As scheduled, the chipset, processor and supporting motherboards should be available in the period of August 2014.

Accordingly to various manufacturers we spoke to, their main focus of this show is still on the more mid range and gamers board based on the just released Intel Z97 chipset. In fact the Z97 chipset introduced some minor changes to the Z87 with add on features like SATA Express and M2.

Thus, we might not see even static display of the motherboard at the booths or VIP rooms.


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GIGABYTE Launches Full Range of 9 Series Z97 and H97 Motherboards


4 New Series Including G1™ Gaming, Overclocking Series, Black Edition and Ultra Durable™


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Taipei, Taiwan, May 7th, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today launched their new 9 series motherboards based on the Intel® Z97/H97 chipsets with support for 4th and 5thgeneration Intel® Core™ processors.


“GIGABYTE is excited to launch 4 new series of motherboards for the Intel 9 series chipset, each offering a host of new and unique GIGABYTE features matched with GIGABYTE signature quality and durability,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “Our 9 series motherboards also offer a future proof platform to our customers by supporting the latest 4thgeneration Intel Core processors including the soon to launch refresh and unlocked CPUs, as well as future 5th generation Intel Core processors, ensuring they will be able to take advantage of current and upcoming Intel technologies.”


GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming Motherboards

GIGABYTE 9 series G1™ gaming motherboards were designed to deliver top-notch features that matter most to gamers. From incorporating industry-leading GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio technologies that allow gamers and audiophiles to experience crisp, ultra sound effects while gaming and the richest possible sound experience while listening to their favorite music and movies, to ultra-fast onboard Gigabit LAN solutions from Killer™ and Intel, GIGABYTE G1™ motherboards were designed for gamers that aren’t satisfied with second best.


With a full range of top-to-bottom G1™ gaming motherboards including the compact, yet powerful Z97N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX motherboard, GIGABYTE has a gaming motherboard suited for any type of gamer, no matter what type of game they play. Featuring the distinctive G1™ detailing and sexy new red and black styling, GIGABYTE G1™ motherboards are sure to make gamers stand out from the horde.



GIGABYTE SOC (Super OverClocking) Motherboards

Following the success of the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC motherboard, the #1 most overclocked motherboard on in 2013, GIGABYTE has unleashed 2 new Z97 chipset-based overclocking motherboards, the Z97X-SOC FORCE and Z97X-SOC. With a host of unique OC features and bleeding-edge hardware design, GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards will allow even novice users to ‘Overclock Like a Pro’.



GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ Black Edition Motherboards

As the undisputed leader of motherboard quality and durability, GIGABYTE has set out to show just how tough their motherboards are with the launch of their new Ultra Durable™ Black Edition motherboards. Each individual GIGABYTE Black Edition motherboard has undergone an extra 168 hours (7 days) of server-grade full system testing at our new state-of-the-art testing facility at the GIGABYTE Nanping, Taiwan factory to ensure every board delivers on its promise of Ultra Durability.


GIGABYTE Black Edition motherboard owners who register online and join the GIGABYTE Black Edition Members Club where they will receive exclusive member benefits including an additional 1 year warranty program for their motherboard.



GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ Motherboards

GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards bring together a unique blend of features and technologies that offer users the absolute ultimate platform for their next PC build. With features normally reserved for more expensive motherboards including the latest next generation transfer technologies such as SATA Express and M.2, exclusive high-end audio features advanced gaming networking, gold plated hardware connectors and killer good looks, GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards are in a class of their own.



l   GIGABYTE 9 Series Motherboard Lineup


 G1™ Gaming Series
GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 GA-Z97X-Gaming GT G1.Sniper Z97 GA-Z97X-Gaming 7
GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 G1.Sniper Z6 G1.Sniper H6
GA-H97-Gaming 3 GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 GA-H97M-Gaming 3 GA-Z97N-Gaming 5
 Ultra Durable™ Series
GA-Z97-D3H GA-Z97-HD3 GA-Z97P-D3 GA-H97-D3H
 Overclocking Series
 Black Edition


For more details regarding GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards, please go to:


BIOSTAR Brings Out Hi-Fi Z97WE Mainboard, With Intel Smart Technologies

May 9th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan –BIOSTAR, maker of embedded/IPC solutions, graphics cards, and motherboards has introduced Intel’s next generation Haswell based motherboard, the Hi-Fi Z97WE. It comes with many BIOSTAR in-house features such as “Hi-Fi” audio technology.

The Hi-Fi Z97WE is an ATX form factor board that features Intel socket 1150 support. It has 4 memory slots for up to 32GB of RAM. The on-board LAN controller also supports 10/100/1000/2000 with “Teaming” mode. The on-board HDMI supports 4K and 2K resolutions.


It includes the usual high-end motherboard features like USB 3.0, HDMI and PCI-E slots, as well as the newest PCIe development, the “M.2” form factor. The M.2 standard is the newest and smallest form factor implementation of the SATA Express interface (which provides support for PCI Express 3.0 and Serial ATA 3.0), with the addition of an internal USB 3.0 interface. It supports multiple functions for add-in cards, including the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, near field communication (NFC), digital radio, Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), wireless WAN (WWAN), and solid-state drives (SSDs).

But being a BIOSTAR board, there is a premium set of features including the company’s unique “Hi-Fi” technology. All the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi series motherboards are equipped with isolate circuit design and high quality components to ensure the best possible audio quality consistency.

The Hi-Fi Z97WE also features BIOSTAR’s dual Gigabit LAN card functionality that takes networking and gaming to new levels. To achieve this, the Hi-Fi Z97WE has “dual Gigabit LAN” connections on the board that allow simultaneous LAN connections. The primary advantage is the doubling of bandwidth which allows the network bandwidth of 1G to become that of 2G. It also allows for Full-duplex transmission. Two network cards can be simultaneously transmitted to upload and download at the same time. In addition, there is zero packet delay with two high-speed gigabit networks, giving super high data transmission efficiency. Another major advantage is “Load Balancing” which allows users to attach both network adapters to a single network. It will therefore support the aggregation “teaming” function by merging the two connections to support multiple aggregation modes.


In addition, with BIOSTAR’s dual Gigabit LAN connections you get network insurance. These boards come with two Gigabit Ethernet lightning protection circuits, there are cross-efficient in reducing the probability of damage from lightning or other power surge. So if one connection is disabled the other connection will automatically kick in.


Lastly, being based on the Intel Z97 chipset, the Hi-Fi Z97WE also comes with Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology), Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology), Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology all built into the system, ready to go.

We have seen some leaks of the upcoming Intel Z97 chipset motherboards from other vendors. Today, we come across the pictures of the upcoming board from Biostar.

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97WE motherboard features the newer chipset supporting the next generation processors.

Similar to the earlier series of motherboards, this board also supports PURO Hi-Fi sound with it’s dedicated circuitry for high definition audio. We can also see from the board it supports HDMI 4K video and has Dual GbE LAN.

There are also two full length PCIe 3.0 for SLI or CrossFireX. There are 6 SATA 6Gbps ports, USB 3.0 supported. It supports up to DDR3-2800+ for overclocking. There is also NGFF M.2 10Gb/s port for supporting SSDs.

Hi-Fi Z97WE v5
Hi-Fi Z97WE v5 from top

GIGABYTE Announces New AM1 Series Motherboards

Supporting the Latest AMD Athlon and Sempron ‘Kabini’ SOC APUs


Taipei, Taiwan, April 9th, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced official support for next generation AMD Athlon™ and Sempron APUs based on the highly anticipated ‘Kabini’ SOC architecture. GIGABYTE ‘Kabini’ support includes the all new GA-AM1M-S2P and GA-AM1M-S2H motherboards based on the AM1 motherboard platform.


GIGABYTE AM1 Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE AM1 Series motherboards showcase a number of features and technologies that separate them from the competition, including GIGABYTE RTC Clock IC and Ultra Durable™ 4 Plus.



The all new ‘Kabini’ APU’s CMOS functions have been integrated into the APU; this means that when the user removes the APU, all CMOS settings revert to factory defaults. Even with the battery in place, users will lose settings such as the current time. GIGABYTE’s AM1 motherboards solve this issue by including a secondary RTC Clock IC onboard, so that even when the APU is removed, the CMOS settings are retained.


GIGABYTE Ultra DurableTM 4 Plus

GIGABYTE AM1 motherboards also provide enhanced durability compared to competitive offerings with inclusion of Ultra Durable™ 4 Plus technology, delivering a range of features and component choices that provide optimal performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.


Ultra Performance GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors)* and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan. Specially designed to produce lower switching for faster electric current charging and discharging, Low RDS(on) MOSFETs have lower power consumption during the switching process, resulting in a faster switching process and less heat generation.

*Specifications may vary by model..


Ultra Safe

GIGABYTE motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC’s most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a ‘Main BIOS’ and a ‘Backup BIOS’, protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.

High ESD Protection for USB* and LAN The GIGABYTE AM1 motherboard raises the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes. *USB 3.0 Ports only


AMD ‘Kabini’ Platform Highlights

The latest AMD Athlon and Sempron APUs are based on the ‘Kabini’ SOC architecture and integrate up to 4 CPU Cores and a RadeonTM R3 Series Graphics core. Supporting Windows 8.1, AMD MantelTM and DirectX™ 11.2 graphics, the new AMD Athlon and Sempron APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays through HDMI. The new AM1 platform also features native USB 3.0 and SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) support.



4K Ultra HD Support GIGABYTE AM1 series motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated AMD RadeonTM R3 Series graphics via HDMI. 4K resolution is the next technological milestone in high-definition content delivery, utilizing approximately 4,000 pixels on the horizontal axis, more than four times today’s standard HD pixel density.


GIGABYTE AM1 Series Motherboard Models




ASUS Announces Support for New 4th-Generation Intel Core Processors in all 8 Series Motherboards

BIOS updates available for all models enable compatibility with latest Intel CPUs


Singapore (9th April, 2014) — ASUS today announced that all 8 Series motherboards offer support for new 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processors, assuring a quick, safe, and smooth upgrade — immediately. A simple BIOS update is all that’s required to enable users to enjoy the great performance of the latest CPUs.

Just one click for instant compatibility with new 4th-generation Intel Core Processors

All ASUS 8 series Intel motherboards support new 4th-generation Intel Core Processors, and the necessary BIOS update takes just one click in an easy-to-use application, which can be downloaded from the ASUS website. Users keen to take advantage of the power of the latest CPUs can visit the ASUS website, at, and download the relevant BIOS version — today!

With the renowned ASUS USB BIOS Flashback feature[1], users are able to apply BIOS updates with incredible ease. This innovative tool lets users update an 8 Series motherboard’s BIOS with just a USB flash drive containing the appropriate BIOS file. The motherboard does even need to have a CPU or DRAM modules in place: users can simply connect the power supply, plug in their USB drive, press the BIOS Flashback or Reset button and then sit back and wait – there’s nothing else to do!


The following ASUS 8 Series motherboards can be updated for compatibility with the latest Intel CPUs:


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BIOSTAR Launches Three Versions of AMD’s AM1 Motherboards

March 24th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR introduced a trio of Socket LGA AM1 motherboards for AMD “Kabini” SoCs, the small form factor AM1MHP, AM1MH and AM1ML. These are the first AM1 boards out of the door by BIOSTAR. The AM1MHP uses a narrow micro-ATX form factor and the AM1MH and AM1ML are based on the mini-ITX standard, with a second add-on card slot, with the AM1ML lacking an HDMI port.

All three boards draw power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors, and use a 2+1 phase VRM to power the CPU. They feature two DDR3 DIMM slots, a single PCIe 2.0×16 slot, a single PCIe 1x slot, and feature two SATA3 ports.

The AM1 socket is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, a PCI-Express 2.0×16 slot, a PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, and a legacy PCI. A couple of SATA 6GB/s ports provide storage connectivity. Display outputs include D-Sub and HDMI. Also included are legacy ports, such as COM and LPT, through headers. The AM1MHP features an additional PCI slot, which the AM1MH and the AM1ML lack. The AM1MHP and the AM1MH feature VGA and HDMI ports as display outputs, while the AM1ML lacks the HDMI port.

All three boards have the BIOSTAR exclusive features of BIO-Remote2 Technology and Charger Booster. BIO-Remote2 gives users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android or Apple mobile devices are able to access and control the PC remotely. You’re smart device can become an intelligent and functional remote control. Moreover, BIO-Remote2 also includes both the function of mouse pad and power point presentation modes.
The Charger Booster function is a high powered charging solution for Apple or Android devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Charger Booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster once any mobile device is connected to the motherboard. With Charger Booster technology, you are able to charge your devices up to 42 % faster.


Latest AMD FM2+ Motherboard with “6+ Experience”

February 10th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR has released the Hi-Fi A88W 3D motherboard based on the new AMD FM2+ socket design that will support AMD Multi-Core (x4, x2) socket FM2+/FM2 processors AMD A-series/ E2-series processors.

Using the AMD A88X Chipset, the Hi-Fi A88W 3D, featuring Puro HiFi audio technology, brings 4 DIMM slots supporting DDR3 ram. It uses the newest SATA 6Gb/s bus which is twice the speed of current SATA 3G connections along with USB 3.0. There is support for AMD Dual Graphics Technology and the board uses 100% X.D.C solid capacitors.

The Hi-Fi A88W 3D will give users the “6+ Experience”. The first, Audio+ includes audio features from BIOSTAR which are extensive with the following audio features: 3D Audio, True Blu-Ray Audio, 3D HiFi Amp and 3D Smart Ear.

Video+ features support for full HDMI 3D 1080p and the motherboard has a Dual-Link DVI port for resolutions up to 2560×1600.

Speed+ features include support for PCI-E 3.0 technology and SmartSpeedLAN which is a free software application that monitors and manages your PC’s network behavior. There is also Charger Booster is the fastest and most efficient charger solution for apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.

Protection+ features include USB Overcurrent Protection, an ESD protection (Electrostatic Discharge) safeguard that prevents the USB Port from providing overcurrent. In addition, there are OVER-Current Protection, OVER-Voltage Protection, and OVER-Heat Protection safeguards.

Durability+ gives you Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS is a low resistance design that can significantly reduce the current in energy loss and the uses of a moisture-proof PCB. Computers are often used in humid areas (such as coastal climates).

Lastly, DIY+ users are taken care of with BIOSTAR fully supporting the user in many innovative ways such as with UEFI BIOS stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and BIO-Remote 2 which gives users a better Home Theater environment.

Chipset AMD A88X
AMD A8 Processor
AMD A6 Processor
AMD A4 Processor
AMD E2 Processor
AMD Athlon™ II X4 Processor
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 100Watt

MEMORY Support Dual Channel DDR3 2600(OC)/2400(OC)/2133/1866/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
4 x DDR3 DIMM Memory Slot
Max. Supports up to 64GB Memory

EXPANSION SLOT 1 x PCI-E x16 3.0 Slot (supported by FM2+ CPU)
1 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (x4)
2 x PCI-E x1 2.0 Slot
2 x PCI Slot

STORAGE 8 x SATA3 Connector
Support SATA RAID: 0,1,5,10

USB 2 x USB 3.0 Port
1 x USB 3.0 Header
4 x USB 2.0 Port
2 x USB 2.0 Header

LAN Realtek RTL8111G – 10/100/1000 Controller


AMD Dual Graphics Technology
Supports DX11.1
Supports HDCP

CODEC Realtek ALC892 8-Channel Blu-ray Audio

REAR I/O 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
2 x USB 3.0 Port
4 x USB 2.0 Port
1 x HDMI Connector
1 x DVI (Dual Link) Connector
1 x VGA Port
1 x RJ-45 Port
6 x Audio Connector

INTERNAL I/O 1 x USB 3.0 Header
2 x USB 2.0 Header
8 x SATA3 6Gb/s Connector
1 x Front Audio Header
1 x Front Panel Header
1 x S/PDIF-OUT Header
2 x CPU FAN Header
3 x System FAN Header
1 x Serial Header
1 x CIR Header

DIMENSION ATX Form Factor Dimension: 30.5cm x 23.5cm ( W x L )

OS SUPPORT Support Windows XP / 7 / 8

1 x I/O Shield
1 x DVD Driver
1 x User Manual

FEATURES Windows 8 Ready
Supports PURO Hi-Fi 3D
Supports Smart Speed LAN
Supports BIO-Remote2
Supports BIO-Remote
Supports 100% Solid capacitor
Supports Rapid Switch
Supports Rapid Debug3
Supports BIOS-Flasher
Supports Charger Booster
Supports BIOS Online Update

Unboxing the AMD A10 7850 Kaveri processor.

The A10 7850 APU is the just released AMD APU processor with Radeon R7 Graphics. It comes with a 4Ghz max Turbo speed and has a 4 MB Cache. Kaveri A series APUs which supercedes the previous generation Richland. This new APU combines the new “Steamroller” x86 core architecture and proven GCN-based graphics cores into one CPU/GPU (APU) chip. It integrates the best of both and enhance it with HSA, Mantle, TrueAudio,Technology, and UVD/VCE to make it a one chip solution for all. It must be used on the new Socket FM2+ motherboards. Below is the unboxing video.

The A10 7850 has 4 STREAMROLLER x86 cores and has a max boost turbo speed of 4.0 GHz. It has 4MB L2 cache and 8 GCN GPU Cores. The GPU frequency is at 720MHz. It supports HSA and AMD TrueAudio Technology.

Check out the performance compared to earlier generation A10-6800K and Intel Core i5.


Today, AMD finally unveils the next generation Kaveri A series APUs which supercedes the previous generation RichLand. This new APU combines the new “Steamroller” x86 core architecture and proven GCN-based graphics cores into one CPU/GPU (APU) chip. It integrates the best of both and enhance it with HSA, Mantle, TrueAudio,Technology, and UVD/VCE to make it a one chip solution for all.


The APU comes with in various clock speeds and power rating.

They typically have  Stream Processors Up to 512
Core Clock Up to 3.7/4.0GHz
Graphics Clock Up to 720MHz
Memory Support Up to 2400MHz w/ AMP
Typical TDP
45W, 65W, 95W
Customizable via Configurable TDP
Chipset Compatibility A88X, A78, A55
HSA Heterogeneous Computing Yes
AMD TrueAudio Technology Yes
API Support
DirectX® 11.2



The APU features include  :
Up to 4 “Steamroller” x86 computing cores
–  Support for the latest ISA instructions including FMA4/3, AVX, AES, XOP
–  Up to 2MB L2 cache per dual-core module (up to 4MB total)
–  Maximum Turbo Frequencies up to 4GHz

Up to 8 GCN-based GPU cores
–  Up to 512 shaders
–  Up to 720MHz
–  8xAA and 16xAF Support
–  DirectX®11.2 Support
–  Mantle Support
–  AMD Eyefinity Technology
– supports 4K Ultra HD Support
–  DisplayPort 1.2 Support
FM2+ Platform
–  Backwards compatible platform means support for other FM2+ APUs new and old
–  PCI Express Gen 3 support
–  AMD CrossFire support with AMD A88X motherboards and above
–  AMD Memory Profile (AMP) support for up to DDR3-2400MHz
–  AMD Dual Graphics

Support with AMD Radeon™ R7 graphics cards
HSA Hetereogeneous Computing
–  hUMA – Heterogeneous Unified Memory Architecture enables shared memory between CPU
and GPU cores
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–  hQ – Heterogeneous Queuing allows both CPU and GPU cores to independently schedule tasks

AMD TrueAudio Technology
–  Dedicated DSP for true-to-life audio with no performance compromise
–  Enable dynamic 3D sound processing effects across more audio channels
–  Programmable audio pipeline grants artistic freedom to game audio design
Unified Video Decoder and Video Compression Engine
–  Dedicated hardware to offload video encoding/decoding from CPU
–  AMD Picture Perfect support with HD Post-Processing technologies