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FM2A88X BTC

The FM2A88X BTC is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket FM2+ socket.

It has 64 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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FM2A88X BTC

help iconCPU SocketSocket FM2+help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconCrossfire Support4 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetAMD A88Xhelp iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 3 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
  • DDR3 1866 MHz
  • DDR3 2133 MHz
  • DDR3 2400 MHz
help iconRAID Supportno
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 4 x fan header
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

FM2A88X BTC compatibility review

The FM2A88X BTC uses the AMD Socket FM2+ CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2400 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the FM2A88X BTC should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The FM2A88X BTC has 8 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The FM2A88X BTC 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 2 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 v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the FM2A88X BTC's PCIe v3.0. The FM2A88X BTC supports up to 4 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves. Nvidia SLI is not supported.

The FM2A88X BTC has 4 USB 2.0 slots and 2 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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