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Asus MicroATX Motherboards say no to discrete graphic cards, offers improved USB 3.0 performance

By removing the need for a discrete graphics card, the new motherboards from Asus offer a more affordable option for home entertainment PCs that can fully exploit high-performance USB 3.0 storage. The Asus microATX motherboards come with onboard HDMI and DVI ports for Intel® and AMD processors with integrated graphics, and USB 3.0 ports with performance-enhancing ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology.

Asus home entertainment motherboards offer a lifespan of 5,000 hours at 105 degrees Celsius, which is around 2.5-times longer than traditional capacitors. The ASUS B75M-A microATX will be made available by April with an SRP of PhP 3,490.

Read the complete press release, plus the complete line up of motherboards and their specifications, below.

Press Release

ASUS Launches MicroATX Motherboards for Superior HTPC Performance
New models provide full support for CPU-integrated graphics and performance-enhancing USB 3.0 Boost technology

Manila (15 March, 2013) – ASUS announced a new range of microATX motherboards with onboard HDMI and DVI ports for 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, the new motherboards provide a more affordable option for home entertainment PCs that can fully exploit high-performance USB 3.0 storage.

CPU-integrated graphics support with onboard HDMI and DVI ports
The latest Intel® 22nm CPUs feature Intel® HD 4000 integrated graphics, while AMD Socket FM2 Athlon™ and A-Series APUs have integrated AMD HD 7000 Series discrete-level Radeon GPUs. The processors provide excellent 2D and 3D graphics performance, without the need for a separate graphics card, which in turn results in lower PC build costs.
The new ASUS microATX motherboards support the integrated graphics features of both processor families, and each model features both an HDMI port for use with HDTVs and a DVI port for connection to desktop displays. 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. The microATX form factor and reduced cooling requirements of these new motherboards make them ideally suited for compact desktop and home entertainment PCs.

Faster USB performance with exclusive USB 3.0 Boost
USB 3.0 has data-transfer speeds up to 10-times faster than USB 2.0. The new microATX motherboards announced today improve upon this further with exclusive ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology, for data transfer speeds up to 1.7-times faster than ordinary USB 3.0.
USB 3.0 Boost uses the industry standard USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) to increase data throughput by using multiple channels in parallel, rather than just the one channel of ordinary USB 3.0. This allows USB 3.0 Boost to use the entire bandwidth of a USB 3.0 connection for significant time savings with large file transfers and smoother HD video streaming. UASP requires a UASP-enabled drive or drive enclosure to deliver its full performance benefits, but ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology also incorporates an optimized ‘turbo’ mode for data transfer speed improvements from any standard USB 3.0 device.
USB 3.0 Boost is supported by the ASUS B75M-A, H61M-PLUS and H61M-A/USB3 Intel®-based motherboards and the A85XM-A and A55M-A/USB3 AMD-based motherboards. Both onboard HDMI/DVI and USB 3.0 Boost are also available on the new ASUS Z77-A Intel®-based ATX motherboard.

Superior components for incredible durability
ASUS Home Entertainment Motherboards feature high-quality solid capacitors that are industry rated for a lifespan of 5,000 hours at 105 degrees Celsius, which is around 2.5-times longer than traditional capacitors. The capacitors meet strict Japanese Industrial Standards for durability and enhanced thermal capacity and, under average operating temperatures of 65 degrees Celsius, can last for over 50 years of continuous use. All models also feature chromium oxide-plated stainless steel rear I/O ports for superior corrosion resistance and an increased lifespan.

Price and Availability
The ASUS B75M-A microATX will be made available by April with an SRP of PhP 3,490. More information regarding the rest of the line-up will be provided soon.

Specifications

Intel® B75M-A microATX
” 2x DIMM slots
” 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
” HDMI, DVI, RGB ports
” 1x SATA 6Gbit/s
” 5x SATA 3Gbit/s
” 4x USB 3.0 ports with USB 3.0 Boost
” 8x USB 2.0 ports
” UEFI BIOS

Intel® H61M-PLUS microATX
” 2x DIMM slots
” 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
” HDMI, DVI, RGB ports
” 2x SATA 6Gbit/s
” 2x SATA 3Gbit/s
” 2x USB 3.0 ports with USB 3.0 Boost
” 8x USB 2.0 ports
” UEFI BIOS

Intel® H61M-A/USB3 microATX
” 2x DIMM slots
” 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
” HDMI, DVI, RGB ports
” 4x SATA 3Gbit/s
” 2x USB 3.0 ports with USB 3.0 Boost
” 8x USB 2.0 ports
” UEFI BIOS

Intel® H61M-A microATX
” 2x DIMM slots
” 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
” HDMI, DVI, RGB ports
” 4x SATA 3Gbit/s
” 10x USB 2.0 ports
” UEFI BIOS

Intel® Z77-A ATX
” 4x DIMM slots
” 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
” 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (4x mode)
” HDMI, DVI, RGB ports
” 2x SATA 6Gbit/s
” 4x SATA 3Gbit/s
” 4x USB 3.0 ports with USB 3.0 Boost
” 8x USB 2.0 ports
” UEFI BIOS

AMD A85XM-A microATX
” 2x DIMM slots
” 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
” HDMI, DVI, RGB ports
” 8x SATA 6Gbit/s
” 4x USB 3.0 ports with USB 3.0 Boost
” 6x USB 2.0 ports
” UEFI BIOS

AMD A55M-A/USB3 microATX
” 2x DIMM slots
” 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
” HDMI, DVI, RGB ports
” 6x SATA 3Gbit/s
” 2x USB 3.0 ports with USB 3.0 Boost
” 6x USB 2.0 ports
” UEFI BIOS

AMD A55M-A microATX
” 2x DIMM slots
” 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
” HDMI, DVI, RGB ports
” 6x SATA 3Gbit/s
” 8x USB 2.0 ports
” UEFI BIOS

Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

Irwin Allen Rivera

Irwin Allen Rivera

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. He and his wife maintain www.storiesaboutph.com, where you can read the best short fiction in English, by Filipino authors, for free. Irwin's English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appears in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing full-time. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007).

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