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ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer

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We think that it's im­por­tant to point out that it's been a while since we last had an AMD-based moth­er­board in our lab, let alone ASRock's gam­ing­cen­tric Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer. But, as luck would have it, we had got­ten in AMD's A10-7870K ‘Go­davari' APU and needed a moth­er­board. Here are our thoughts on it.

ASRock's de­sign phi­los­o­phy has, from our ob­ser­va­tion, al­ways been that of a “keep it sim­ple, keep it clean” ap­proach. Look­ing at the FM2A88X+ Killer, there's isn't any­thing on the board that is gar­ishly adorned, or even too ex­treme in its de­sign. In fact, the only phys­i­cal fea­tures that stand out on this moth­er­board are the brushed ma­chine-cut alu­minum heatsinks placed on the top of the board's VRM mod­ules, and the two red PCIe slots that sup­port a dual CrossFireX con­fig­u­ra­tion.

The FM2A88X+ Killer's on­board sound­card is also a high­light for this moth­er­board, and like most ASRock moth­er­boards, its au­dio qual­ity was ac­tu­ally quite im­pres­sive.

While AMD's new AM4 and FP4 socket moth­er­boards won't be ar­riv­ing on the mar­ket any­time soon, there are still a cou­ple of top-tier AMD A10APUs that are com­pat­i­ble with the FM2A88X+ Killer, chief among which be­ing the A107870K (the APU that used for this re­view) and the A10-7890K, the last of the en­thu­si­ast-level APUs that's based on the 28nm die process and FM2+ socket.

When we paired this moth­er­board with the A107870K, we also paired the moth­er­board with 16GB of high-per­for­mance DDR3 RAM from Apacer, with a max­i­mum clock­speed of 2,133MHz. For test­ing the APU, VRAM with high fre­quency clock­speed is es­sen­tial, be­cause they ac­tu­ally aid pro­ces­sors (CPU and APU alike) in pro­cess­ing data faster and more ef­fi­ciently.

As an APU has both CPU and GPU Com­pute Cores built-in, we ran PCMark 8's Cre­ative and Home bench­marks, and 3DMark's Fire Strike bench­mark only. On PCMark 8, the FM2A88X+ Killer and A10-7870K scored 3,857 on the Home bench­mark, and 2,576 on the Cre­ative bench­mark. On 3DMark's Fire Strike bench­mark, the moth­er­board and APU scored a grand to­tal of 1,599, which is really im­pres­sive.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, and due to the more power-ef­fi­cient na­ture of the A10-7870K, the FM2A88X+ Killer's over­all tem­per­a­ture were rel­a­tively warm to the touch, even while run­ning games like and di­rectly from the APU and moth­er­board.

Last but not least, be­cause the APU was able to sup­port res­o­lu­tions of up to 4,096 x 2,160 via HDMI, we had no prob­lem hook­ing up the FM2A88X+ Killer to our own 1,440p dis­play.

That score, with just an APU and moth­er­board.

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