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BIOSTAR releases $45 A68MDE motherboard; supports AMD Hybrid Crossfire!
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BIOSTAR releases $45 A68MDE motherboard; supports AMD Hybrid Crossfire!

by Vyncent ChanJanuary 30, 2018
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This is not a motherboard for the enthusiasts, as this is a real entry-level motherboard with a price tag to match. Priced at just $44.99 (~RM175), the BIOSTAR A68MDE features the AMD A68H chipset which supports AMD Radeon Hybrid Crossfire. This motherboard is based on the last-gen AMD FM2+ socket, which accepts an array of processors offering excellent value for money.

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What’s even better, is that it accepts DDR3 memory running up to 2600 MHz. With DDR4 RAM being so expensive, the BIOSTAR A68MDE is a great option for low cost AMD APU-based systems. DDR3 memory is still more affordable than DDR4, so the support for older RAM is definitely a great way to keep costs down.

The full-speed PCIe 3.0 x16 slot allows for any GPU to be used with this motherboard, but budget-conscious users may want to stretch their dollar by making use of the AMD Radeon Hybrid Crossfire support. That is, if you still can find a card that works with your CPU. There is another PCIe 2.0 x1 slot for maybe a WiFi adapter for some wireless connectivity. It does come with a Realtek RTL8111G Gigabit Ethernet controller for fast wired connectivity.

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The microATX form factor adopted by the BIOSTAR A68MDE also means that it will fit into most cases without issue. Even while limited to a more compact size, BIOSTAR did not skimp on the I/O options. You get everything from a legacy PS/2 port, all the way up to 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports. 4 SATA 3 6 Gbps ports allow for substantial amounts of storage.

Pokdepinion: For less than RM180, I would have any complains about this motherboard. It should be a great option to utilize a spare FM2+ CPU just lying around.

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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