The Asus M4A88T-M LE is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM3 socket.
It has 8 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||Socket AM3||Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v1.x|
|CPU Compatible Make||AMD||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||880G||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|Release Date||28 Oct 2010||Onboard GPU||yes|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||8 GB DDR3||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||2 x DDR3||SATA 2.0||6|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||6||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||6||Back Panel I/O|
The Asus M4A88T-M LE uses the AMD Socket AM3 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1866 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM.
Released on 28 Oct 2010, the Asus M4A88T-M LE is now over 8 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Asus.
The Micro-ATX Asus M4A88T-M LE should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.
The Asus M4A88T-M LE has 6 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.
The Asus M4A88T-M LE supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v1.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Asus M4A88T-M LE's PCIe v1.x. The Asus M4A88T-M LE does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The Asus M4A88T-M LE has 12 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.