We have recently looked at two impressive AMD motherboards from Asus which performed well in our tests and offered great feature sets and build quality. Today we are going to look at the M4A88T-M motherboard which offers a similar feature set to the other two boards we've tested but in a micro-ATX form factor.
The most significant feature that the M4A88T-M lacks compared to the other boards is USB 3.0 support. There is a USB 3.0 version of the board available but we have the non-USB3.0 version here to review.
|CPU||AMD socket AM3 for AMD Phenom II /
Athlon II / Sempron 11 series Processors (up to 140W)
|Chipset||AMD 880G / SB710|
|Memory||4x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR3 1866
(O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 MHz, ECC and non-ECC, un-buffered memory
|Storage||-1x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 Connector
-6x SATA 3GB/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 10 and JBOD
|-1x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
-2x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
-1x PCI slots
|Audio||-8-channel High Definition Audio
-Optical S/PDIF output at back panel
|LAN||Realtek Gigabit LAN controller
featuring AI NET 2
|-1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port
-1x S/PDIF Out (optical)
-1x RJ45 port
-6x USB 2.0/1.1
-6x 3.5mm Audio connectors
Like the other two AMD motherboards from Asus we've looked at recently, the M4A88T-M is supplied in a lime green box that only differs in size from the other two. The front is decorated with various different logos which elude to some of the boards' features. Turning the box over reveals more detail about the features and specifications of the board inside.
Inside the box we find all the accessories we would usually expect. These include two SATA cables, a selection of installation manuals, an IDE cable and a software CD. We were a little disappointed not to find a ‘Q-connector' in the box like the other two motherboards as this made installation a lot more hassle free.