Well-known mainboard manufacturer ASUS has decided to do what it does best and now it has just announced the most modern AMD AM3+ mainboard in the company’s lineup.
’ new AMD motherboard comes with the company’s latest mainboard technologies and practically upgrades AMD’s 9990FX chips with the best ASUS has to offer.
The new component is officially designated as M5A99FX PRO R2.0 and ASUS
touts Dual Intelligent Processors 3 technology. This practically refers to the TPU chip for automatic control of CPU
voltage and the well-known EPU that takes care of efficient power use all over the mainboard.
TPU is short for TurboV Processing Unit in ASUS’ dictionary and EPU is the acronym for Energy Processing Unit.
ASUS also touts DIGI+ Power Control VRM for the CPU and DRAM that are controlled by the two aforementioned TPU and EPU chips.
The mainboard supports almost any AMD
AM3 processor starting from AMD’s Sempron X2 180 and ending up with the Bulldozer-based FX 8150.
ASUS’ M5A99FX PRO R2.0 mainboard is ready for all AMD 32nm SOI processors with maximum TDP of 140 watts and that means that it will likely be a good host for AMD’s upcoming FX 8350 Vishera
CPU or the rest of the FX 8300
The maximum memory frequency officially supported by overclocking is 2133 MHz and the maximum capacity is 32 GB of DDR3 DIMMs.
AMD’s SB950 Southbridge brings support for 6 SATA III ports, out of which one is located on the I/O panel as an eSATA connector.
ASUS also added an extra ASMedia PCIe SATA controller for two more SATA III ports.
The M5A99FX PRO R2.0 mainboard supports an impressive 18 USB ports. Four of them are USB 3.0
, while the other 14 are USB 2.0.
The mainboard features a 6 + 2 phase CPU power line and a 2-phase DRAM
Among ASUS’ useful utilities we must mention Remote GO!, USB BIOS Flashback, Ai Charger+ and USB 3.0 Boost (using UASP drivers).
The official release date was 13th of July 2012, but there is no info on the official pricing.