The Asus M4A88T-M motherboard is a reasonably well featured board for the price but we would have definitely given it a higher overall rating if it supported USB3.0 and SATA 6Gbps. Without these we can’t really say that it’s a great board – just a good board. The lack of these two features isn’t likely to cause issue for many users, though, as USB3.0 adoption rates are still quite low and those using hard drives rather than high performance SSDs won’t notice much of a performance difference.
Being a Micro-ATX motherboard, the M4A88T-M is perfect for an HTPC or compact system. It provides a reasonable amount of overclocking headroom, despite lacking the software functionality that was present with the other two boards we looked at recently. But the automatic 10% overclock option in the BIOS yielded and impressive performance boost compared to stock settings.
You can buy the M4A88T-M for a shade over £57 at Ebuyer. This makes it quite good value for money but we feel it is worth the small amount extra for the USB3 version which can be purchased for £68 at Ebuyer as it will help to future proof your machine.
KitGuru says: A compact board that is reasonably well featured and good value for money.