ASRock A88M-ITX/ac gives AMD APUs a fun-sized foundation

AMD's affordable CPUs can be a great fit for an HTPC or a NAS server. ASRock is likely thinking along the same lines, as it's just released the A88M-ITX/ac Mini-ITX motherboard.

As its name implies, the A88M-ITX/ac is a Socket FM2+ motherboard built with AMD's A88X chipset. Despite the board's diminutive size, the CPU is still fed by a five-phase VRM setup, which could help with overclocking. Two DDR3 RAM slots are on offer, supporting up to 32GB of memory running at 2400 MT/s.

Six SATA 6Gbps ports are on tap for storage, while networking duties are handled by a Realtek 8111GR Gigabit Ethernet adapter. ASRock also includes a dual-antenna 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 module. Peripheral connectivity comes by way of four USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports (plus another two from an internal header).

The rear cluster also includes HDMI 1.4a, Dual-Link DVI, and VGA outputs. Dedicated graphics cards can be slotted into the board's PCIe x16 slot, and users can take advantage of integrated and discrete GPUs working in tandem with the A88X chipset's AMD Radeon Dual Graphics feature. Last but not least, the ELNA capacitors on the motherboard's audio path could provide cleaner analog output than average.

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