It seems like Intel's Ivy Bridge is getting all the attention these days, but let's not forget about AMD
, which is getting ready to roll out a new platform of its own. AMD's upcoming A10 and A18 Trinity Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) are scheduled to arrive in the second quarter of this year, and already we're seeing compatible socket FM2 motherboards being announced, including the brand-spankin'-new A85F2-A Deluxe by Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS).
The A85F2-A Deluxe is one of five FM2 models ECS has planned, the other four being the A75F2-A2, A75F2-M2, A55F2-A2, and A55F2-M3. As for the A85F2-A Deluxe, this board wields half a dozen USB 3.0 ports, eight 2.0 ports, GbE LAN, seven 6Gbps SATA connectors with RAID 0/1/5/10 support, 8-channel on-board audio, and HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub video output.
If you're heavy into content creation or workstation chores, you'll be happy to know the A85F2-A Deluxe boasts support for up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory, which are installed in four sockets with a maximum speed of 1866MHz, or 2300MHz if you plan to overclock, ECS says. Rounding out the feature-set are two 2nd generation PCI-E x16 slots with Crossfire support, three PCI-E x1 slots, and a pair of old-school PCI slots.
No word yet on how much this puppy will cost, nor when you can take it home with you.