ASUS has launched a new range of microATX motherboards that come with HDMI and DVI ports for both Intel and AMD processors with integrated graphics and USB 3.0 ports with performance-enhancing ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology. By removing the need for a discrete graphics card, these motherboards essentially become an affordable option for home entertainment PCs that can use high-speed USB 3.0 storage.
Intel’s latest 22nm CPUs feature Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, while AMD’s Socket FM2 Athlon and A-Series APUs feature integrated AMD HD 7000 Series discrete-level Radeon GPUs. The integrated graphics cards provide excellent performance while reducing costs generated by a separate graphics card. The ASUS B75M-A, H61M-PLUS, H61M-A/USB3 and H61M-A are microATX motherboards designed for Intel® processors; the A85XM-A, A55M-A/USB3, A55M-A are for AMD APUs.
USB 3.0 is already pretty fast, but ASUS has managed to speed it up even more, up to 1.7-times faster, with its USB 3.0 Boost. This new technology uses the industry standard USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP), that increases data throughput by using multiple channels in parallel. UASP requires a UASP-enabled drive to deliver its full performance, but ASUS USB 3.0 Boost incorporates an optimized turbo mode that speeds up transfers from standard USB 3.0 drives. Only the ASUS B75M-A, H61M-PLUS, and H61M-A/USB3 Intel-based motherboards and the A85XM-A and A55M-A/USB3 AMD-based motherboards support USB 3.0 Boost. It’s also available on the new ASUS Z77-A Intel-based ATX motherboard.
The first to be made available will be the ASUS B75M-A microATX, available in April for Php 3,490, while information for the rest will follow.