There aren’t many Mini-ITX FM2+ motherboards available on the market right now, so the latest reveal from MSI is certainly a good sign for those looking to build using the smaller form factor, and wanting some of the latest AMD hardware at the heart of their next build.
The latest FM2+ board from MSI is the MSI A88XI AC and it is based off of the AMD A88X chipset, although that much is obvious from the model number of the board. With support for Kaveri, the new board is packed full of features such as dual-band 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.0, while being well equipped with connectivity options such as VGA, DVI-D, HDMI 1.4a, and it even packs a high-speed PCIe 3.0 x16 slot. There is a PCIe Mini Card slot, but this is taken up by the WiFi/Bluetooth module, although I see no reason why you wouldn’t take that out and apply your own device should you really need to. Connectivity gets better still with two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Etherner port, S/PDIF, four SATA 6Gbps ports and a single mSATA port.
The board is nicely designed with a black and white finish that should look great in virtually any system build, and with prices expected to be in the region of €90 give or take a little in either direction, it’s looking like pretty good value for money too.
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