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MSI unveils eight new FM2+ mainboards for AMD ‘Godavari’ processors

MicroStar International has announced the launch of eight new FM2+ mainboards designed for AMD’s latest accelerated processing units. The new motherboards fully support the upcoming code-named “Godavari” (Kaveri Refresh) APUs, but retain compatibility with existing hybrid microprocessors with integrated graphics from AMD.

The new FM2+ mainboards from MSI are new revisions of existing platforms; they are designed for different market segments and are based on AMD’s A88X, A78 and A68H core-logic sets. Different motherboards provide different features, expansion capabilities and overclocking potential. All of the new platforms support PCI Express 3.0 x16 (depends on the processor), Serial ATA-6Gb/s, onboard RAID controller, onboard LAN, and up to 10 USB ports. These new models are available in ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ATX form factors.

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The FM2+ mainboards from MSI are built using high-quality components, such as solid-state capacitors and chokes, which MSI calls “military class 4.” The motherboards also feature PCB design enhancements for additional reliability and prevention of EMI emissions. In addition, all mainboards support MSI’s automatic overclocking technology called O.C. Genie.

Pricing of the new mainboards will vary depending on configuration and region.

MSI is expected to release new BIOS versions for existing FM2+ mainboards in a bid to add support for “Godavari” processors.

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KitGuru Says: MSI is the only major maker of motherboards, who decided to announce a new family of mainboards for “Godavari” chips. Perhaps, attracting AMD users to MSI products is a way to boost sales for the company.

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