Well-known motherboard manufacturer AsRock has just launched the FM2A85X Extreme6 motherboard that we presented here, but the company has also launched affordable platforms for cost effective systems. All three motherboards launched today come with dual PCI-Express x16 slots.
The first CrossFire
certified motherboard is the AsRock FM2A75 Pro4 there is also an ATX model just like the big FM2A85X Extreme6, but it has less fancy features and a more affordable price.
This mainboard comes with five SATA3 ports and an eSATA port on the backside I/O panel along with no less than eight USB 3.0
Two USB 3.0 ports on the back panel come from the AMD A75 FCH Hudson-D3 chipset while four other USB 3.0 ports come from an Etron EJ188 controller.
There is an extra USB 3.0 header on the motherboard from the AMD A75 FCH Hudson-D3 chipset that will also allow you to have two front USB 3.0 ports.
The two PCI-Express x16 ports can unfortunately work only in x16 + x4 mode which is less optimal than an x8 + x8 configuration.
Triple display support is present through D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI connectors on the I/O panel and the mainboard still has some nice overclocking
features such as power, reset and CLR CMOS buttons along with a LED POST indicator and al-solid capacitors.
A full complement of 64 GB of DDR3 memory is supported and DDR3-2600 can be achieved through OC DDR3 2600+support.
Getting to MicroATX motherboards, we have the AsRock FM2A75 Pro4-M that still has the eSATA port on the back panel along with five internal SATA3 ports, but only comes with four USB 3.0 ports.
It also has support for the 64 GB DDR3 2600+ memory, but lacks the on-PCB buttons and the LED POST indicator.