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The A68HM-PLUS AMD Socket FM2+ Micro ATX Motherboard from ASUS is designed to fit into standard-size mATX cases. Compatible with 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1, 8, 7, and XP, the motherboard supports AMD Socket FM2+ Athlon/A- series processors and delivers power and speed for Internet-browsing, gaming and multimedia, CAD software, and home servers. Combined with ASUS UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), this feature enables DDR4 memory frequencies and helps lower latencies and enhance stability while overclocking. The motherboard also features USB 3.0 boost, UEFI BIOS, optimal cooling, ASUS Q-Design, AI Suite 3, and Push Notice.
The mATX form factor of this motherboard comes with two DIMM slots that can each hold 32 GB DDR4 RAM modules for quad channel memory architecture. It also has four SATA III 6 Gb/s connectors, for internal hard drives and solid state drives. To provide data redundancy, it offers RAID 0, 1, 10, JBOD modes support. For PCIe expansion, there are several available ports such as one PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16, one PCIe 2.0 x1, and one PCI. The back panel offers a variety of ports including two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and three audio jacks. It provides support disc such as drivers, ASUS utilities, ASUS Update, and Antivirus software (OEM version).
APU and Chipset Features
AMD A-Series Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon R Series Graphics
This motherboard fully supports the AMD Socket FM2+ Kaveri APUs with AMD Radeon R series graphics and retains compatibility with AMD Socket FM2 (Richland and Trinity) APUs. AMD Socket FM2+ APUs support Microsoft DirectX 11.1 for fast and smooth graphics, native PCIe 3.0 for full-speed expansion and 4K resolutions via HDMI and DisplayPort connections.
AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H)
AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H) is designed to support up to 5GT/s interface speed and PCIe 2.0 graphics. It supports 4 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports and 2 x USB 3.0 ports.
Compatibility and Validation
ASUS 5X Protection
ASUS 5X protection hardware safeguards, to ensure long-term system reliability, durability, and performance.
Digital Power Control with ASUS DIGI+ VRM
Voltage regulator modules (VRMs) are essential motherboard components. A good VRM delivers CPU power based on actual needs at any given time. ASUS was first with digital power design featuring fast sensing and response, to deliver precise CPU power on demand. This accuracy reduces energy waste and improves system stability.
Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent protection
Onboard resettable fuses prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard the life-span of both your system and connected devices.
5,000-hr Solid-State Capacitors
Solid-state capacitors are able to withstand temperatures of up to 105°C for as long as 5,000 hours, that is two-and-a-half (2.5x) times longer than traditional capacitors. This durability means optimal endurance to more typical PC operating temperatures, ensuring that ASUS motherboards continue working longer.
Stainless-Steel Back I/O
ASUS motherboard back I/O panels are made from strong and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, which is bonded with a thin layer of chromium oxide to enhance anti-corrosive properties. Passing 72-hour spray salt endurance tests, ASUS stainless steel back I/O panels have a life-span that is three times (3x) longer compared to ordinary panels.
ESD Guards for Protection
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can happen suddenly, and its damaging effects are easily underestimated. ASUS ESD guards are tested to high standards, capable of up to +/- 10kV for air discharge and +/-6kV for contact discharge. The motherboard employs an active protective circuit design to guard your system against electrostatic interference and damage, providing greater component longevity.
Additional on-circuit ESD TVS diodes to protect D-sub functionality.
ESD TVS diode protection on the LAN circuit.
Compatibility and Design
ASUS motherboard is compatible with multiple devices. The ASUS engineers fit and assess both server and consumer CPUs, most of the memory modules and graphics cards, loads of storage devices, power supplies, network devices, displays, optical drives, and peripherals. ASUS designs products from the ground up so that graphics cards, sound cards and optical drives work well with your motherboard.
Complete and Public QVL
It offers more choices for a worry-free PC-building experience. To check that a particular component or device is compatible with your motherboard, just reference the QVL for instant reassurance.
Testing for Reliability, Compatibility, and Safety
Each motherboard is subjected to extended reliability testing under heavy load conditions, from transportation to daily operations, to ensure that they it is delivered to you in a proper condition. Trials include temperature and humidity, burn-in, power on/off, power consumption, insertion, and thermal-shock testing. Every certified-compatible component is put through an up to 24-hour aging test to ensure trouble-free operation every day, no matter what you install or attach or what you do.Temperature and humidity test: Components withstand extreme conditions Thermal measurement: Cool and stable under the heaviest loads Insertion test: Guaranteed I/O reliability Power consumption test: Ensure global-standard
Gaming and Multimedia
Enhanced Audio Experience
ASUS audio features get you always ready for gaming, chatting, watching movies or relaxing to your favorite music.
LED-Lit Audio Shielding
It ensures precision analog/digital separation and a reduced multi-lateral interface, with an illuminated trace path.
Premium Japanese-Made Audio Capacitors
It provides an immersive sound experience with optimal clarity and fidelity.
Separate layers for left and right channel to guard the quality of the sensitive audio.
Map to MyFavorite
Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the MyFavorites list.
EZ Tuning Wizard OC and RAID
Select your hardware and use scenarios to tune system performance or streamline your RAID configuration for fast data retrieval and backups.
Improve your DRAM performance with a click.
Graphical Fan Control
Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse.
Real-Time Hardware Monitor
Benefit from instant information from the critical parts of your system.
Fan Profile: Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling. SATA Information: Displays SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices. Fast Clock Adjustment: Use mouse controls to change the time and date. EZ D.O.C.P: Improve your DRAM performance with a click
Shortcut: Press Enter to create shortcuts to favorite settings, or select an existing shortcut and press F4 to go straight there. Quick Notes: Make notes and capture BIOS-related ideas, quickly, and conveniently. Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive. SATA Port Renaming: Rename SATA ports for easy identification.
ASUS Fan Xpert allows you to adjust CPU and case fan speeds according to different ambient temperatures in diverse climate conditions and locations, as well as actual PC loading. Various preset fan performance profiles offer flexible fan speed controls to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
RPM Fixed Mode
It is designed for users who wish to reduce noise levels to near 0dB with highly specific fan-speed control. It reacts to system loads for greater response.
Auto Tuning Mode
Scans fan parameters through automatic speed detection to provide custom settings for each fan with a single click. This achieves optimal cooling for your components beyond the mere number of fans in your case.
It delivers complete information that allows you to take advanced control over each fan.
USB 3.0 Boost
170% Transfer Speed
ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) USB 3.0 in Windows 8. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction.
ASUS Q-Design makes PC building quick and easy.
ASUS AI Suite 3 is a one-stop shop for adjusting your settings.
ASUS push notice monitors your PC status on-the-go.
ASUS EZ Flash 2 updates your BIOS from USB outside the operating system.
Q-Slot PCIeComponent Removal
The large, winged clip is easy to reach and operate. Just press the Q-Slot clip lightly, and graphics card will just pop out.
AI Suite 3
ASUS AI Suite 3 offers a user experience through a clear interface with support for large monitors. It consolidates all the ASUS features into one simple-to-use package, thus allowing you to supervise overclocking, energy consumption, fan speeds, voltages and more. This all-in-one app offers diverse and easy to use functionality, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
When your PC status changes, Push Note instantly sends an alert to your tablet or smartphone. You can also throw the webpage you are browsing or memo to your smart device. Everything is under control, no matter where you are.
EZ Flash 2
Quickly update your BIOS from a USB flash drive before entering the OS. It only takes a few clicks, with no floppy disk or an OS-based flash utility.
In the Box
ASUS A68HM-PLUS AMD Socket FM2+ mATX Motherboard
1 x I/O Shield
2 x SATA 6 Gb/s Cables
1 x Installation DVD
Limited 3-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
AMD Socket FM2+ Athlon/A- Series processors Supports CPU up to 4 cores Supports AMD Turbo Core 3.0 technology
AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H)
2 x DIMM, Maximum 32 GB DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333(O.C.) MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory Dual channel memory architecture Support AMD Memory Profile (AMP) memory
Note: The maximum 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 16GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs Due to OS limitations, when installing total memory of 4 GB capacity or more, Windows 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Install a 64-bit Windows OS when you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard
Integrated AMD Radeon R/HD8000/HD7000 Series Graphics in the A-Series APU Multi-VGA Output Support: HDMI/DVI/RGB ports -Supports HDMI with maximum resolution 4096 x 2160 at 24 Hz /1920 x 1200 at 60 Hz - Supports DVI with maximum resolution 2560 x 1600 at 60 Hz - Supports RGB with maximum resolution 1920 x 1600 at 60 Hz Maximum shared memory of 2048 MB AMD Dual Graphics technology support *
Note:*Refer to http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/dual-graphics/Pages/dual-graphics.aspx#3 for the discrete GPUs which support Dual Graphics technology
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 * 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 1 x PCI
Note:*Only FM2+ Processors can support PCIe3.0
AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H) Chipset: 4 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, gray Support RAID 0, 1, 10, JBOD
Realtek 8111GR 1 x Gigabit LAN controller
Realtek ALC887-VD 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC * - Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking Audio Feature: - LED-lit audio shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference, with a gorgeous illuminated trace path - Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals - Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
Note:Use a chassis with HD audio module in the front panel to support an 8-channel audio output
ASMedia ASM1042 Controller: 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 at back panel, blue) AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H) Chipset: 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 at back panel, 4 at mid-board) AMD A68H FCH (Bolton D2H) Chipset: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at mid-board)
ASUS 5X Protection: - ASUS DIGI+ VRM - 3 + 2 Phase digital power design - ASUS Enhanced DRAM overcurrent protection - Short circuit damage prevention - ASUS ESD Guards - Enhanced ESD protection - ASUS High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid Capacitors - 2.5x long lifespan with excellent durability - ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O - 3x more durable corrosion-resistant coating ASUS EPU: - EPU ASUS Exclusive Features: - AI Suite 3 - Ai Charger+ - Anti-Surge - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface - USB 3.0 Boost - Disk Unlocker ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution: - Stylish fanless design heat-sink solution - ASUS Fan Xpert ASUS EZ DIY: - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 - ASUS EZ Flash 2 - ASUS MyLogo 2 - Push Notice ASUS Q-Design: - ASUS Q-Slot
Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple) 1 x PS/2 mouse (green) 1 x DVI 1 x D-Sub 1 x HDMI 1 x LAN (RJ-45) port 2 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 2.0 3 x Audio jacks
Internal I/O Ports
1 x USB 3.0 connector support additional 2 USB 3.0 ports 2 x USB 2.0 connector support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports 1 x TPM connector 1 x COM port connector 4 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors 1 x CPU Fan connector 1 x Chassis Fan connector 1 x S/PDIF out header 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector 1 x 4-pin ATX 12 V Power connector 1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP) 1 x Internal speaker connector 1 x System panel
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 4.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, My Favorites, Quick Note, Last modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
Drivers ASUS utilities ASUS update Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Operating System Support
Windows 8.1, 32/64-bit Windows 8, 32/64-bit Windows 7, 32/64-bit Windows XP, 32-bit
8.9 x 7.2" (22.6 x 18.3 cm)
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