AMD's latest APU family, code-named Godavari, is supposedly set to launch in a month or two, and MSI has released eight refreshed Socket FM2+ motherboards in preparation for their arrival. The new boards feature chipsets ranging from the entry-level A68H to the enthusiast A88X, and they'll be available in Mini-ITX, microATX, and ATX form factors.
Most interesting among the new products is the A88XM-E45 V2. This board's microATX form factor makes room for four DIMM slots, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, and four USB 3.0 ports, and it can overclock even the hottest 95W APUs. This board looks like a good candidate for penny-pinching builds with discrete graphics cards, like the Budget Box in our System Guide.
Here's a complete accounting of MSI's new lineup:
- A68HM-E33 V2
- A78M-E35 V2
- A78M-E45 V2
- A88XM-E35 V2
- A88XM-E45 V2
- A88XM-P33 V2
- A88X-G41 PC Mate V2
- A88XI AC V2
Pricing and availability weren't announced, but judging by the number of MSI Socket FM2+ boards that are out of stock on Newegg, it seems likely that these new boards will be making their way onto shelves soon. Socket FM2+ boards tend to play in the sub-$100 market, so these mobos should be pretty affordable, as well.