Asus announces AMD AM1-compatible motherboards

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Since AMD announced its AM1-based APUs, it was inevitable that motherboard manufacturers were going to soon be making official announcements regarding AM1-compatible motherboards. Count Asus as one of those companies that’s entered the fray.

Asus revealed that it will release two new motherboards supporting AMD’s new AM1 platform, dubbed the AM1M-A and the AM1I-A.

The AM1M-A, a micro ATX board with two DDR3 DIMM slots, supports up to 32GB of RAM. It also features a single PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot that runs at x4 speed, HDMI, DVI-D, and VGA outputs, Realtek Gigabit Ethernet, Realtek 8-channel audio. It has two USB 3.0 ports in the back, along with four USB 2.0 ports in the rear. Hard drives will connect to the AM1M-A via two SATA 6Gbps ports.

The smaller AM1I-A (pictured), on the other hand, is a mini ITX board with similar specs, although one significant feature found on the AM1M-A is absent here. The AM1I-A also has two DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of RAM — but the PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot is replaced with one running at x4. This motherboard also has two rear-mounted USB 3.0 ports, a foursome of USB 2.0 ports in the back, along with a pair of SATA6 connectors. The AM1I-A also has one of each video connector found on its micro ATX based sibling; one HDMI, one DVI-D and one VGA.  Both boards can be configured via a UEFI BIOS.

We’ve reached out to Asus to get a more robust list of details, including price and exact release date. We’ll let you know if and when we hear more. Both the AM1M-A and AM1I-A are expected to ship in “early April.”

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