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October 2, 2012

ASRock Unveils its Socket FM2 Motherboard Lineup for Overclockers

ASRock unveiled a new line of motherboards for socket FM2 AMD A-Series "Trinity" accelerated processors. Spread across three chipsets - AMD A55, AMD A75, and AMD A85X; and three form-factors - ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ITX; ASRock's lineup includes a total of six models. Leading the pack is the FM2A85X Extreme6 (ATX, A85X), followed by the FM2A75 Pro4 (ATX, A75), FM2A75 Pro4-M (micro-ATX, A75), FM2A75M-DGS (micro-ATX, A75), FM2A55M-DGS (micro-ATX, A55), and FM2A75M-ITX (mini-ITX, A75).

The FM2A85X Extreme6 comes fully-loaded with a 10-phase CPU VRM, 3-way multi-GPU support (x16/NC/NC; x8/x8/NC; x8/x4/x4), DDR3-2600 memory support, seven SATA 6 Gb / s one eSATA 6 Gb / s ports, and a suite of ASRock XFast technologies. The board eyes a price tag around US $ 149. The only other ATX socket FM2 model in ASRock's lineup, the FM2A75 Pro4, features a simpler six-phase CPU VRM, single PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (the other long slot being electrical x4), with just about all the features accommodated by the AMD A75 chipset. The FM2A75 Pro4-M is a slightly miniaturized version of this board, which retains most of its features, with fewer PCI-Express x1 and legacy PCI slots.

 Moving on, the FM2A75M-DGS is a bit of radical, which uses a compact micro-ATX PCB with just two DDR3 DIMM slots, but the complete feature-set of the AMD A75 chipset, including a total of six SATA / eSATA ports. The FM2A55M-DGS uses the same exact PCB as the FM2A75M-DGS, but swaps out its chipset for the cost-effective AMD A55, and its SATA 6 Gb / s ports with SATA 3 Gb / s.

Lastly, there's the cherry on the ASRock FM2 pastry, the FM2A75M-ITX. This mini-ITX motherboard crams in nearly every feature of the AMD A75 chipset. It features a January 4 phase CPU VRM, four SATA 6 Gb / s, one eSATA 6 Gb / s, four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two via header), two DDR3 DIMM slots, DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, 8-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet.

It is priced at an estimated $ 119.