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Introduction

The FM2A88X-ITX+ is a socket FM2+ Mini-ITX motherboard from ASRock, based on the most high-end chipset for this platform, the A88X. It is targeted to the FM2+ “Kaveri” APUs, like the A10-7800 (which we tested recently), but it is also compatible with socket FM2, second-generation APUs from AMD. Let’s see what this small motherboard has to offer.

AMD socket FM2+ APUs have an embedded PCI Express 3.0 controller, while the PCI Express controller embedded in FM2 processors is 2.0. It is important to understand that this is a feature provided by the CPU, not by the chipset. So, while socket FM2+ motherboards support socket FM2 processors, when a socket FM2 CPU is installed the PCI Express lanes are only compatible with the 2.0 standard.

In Figure 1, you see the ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ motherboard, which is based on the Mini-ITX form factor, measuring 6.7 x 6.7 inches (170 x 170 mm).

ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+Figure 1: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ motherboard