Usually the first thing we photograph is the unboxing of the product followed by a rundown of the bundled accessories, however the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 arrived as a white box review sample and did not include all of the retail hardware, so we're going straight to the motherboard itself. The M4A88TD-V is a full size ATX board featuring the AMD 880G chipset with socket AM3 and DDR3 memory, SB850 southbridge with SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3. Plastic pushpins are used to secure the wildly-shaped heatsinks to the board, and the socket has a metal, full-threaded backing plate. The PCB is a dark brown/charcoal and attached components are primarily white and/or two different shades of blue.
The front, right corner of the M4A88TD-V holds the CPU socket and DIMM slots in typical orientation, however unlike most AMD-based boards the memory uses a staggered configuration for dual-channel operation, as noted by the alternating colors. Another unusual addition here is the ASUS Core Unlocker and Turbo Key II switches along with a MemOK DRAM test button. Continuing to the left we see five of the six available SATA 6Gb/s ports provided by the SB850, a 40pin IDE connector, four pairs of internal USB 2.0 jacks, an IEEE 1394 and front panel LED/switch headers.
Continuing around to the rear we see internal HD audio connectors, three PCI slots and one each of 16x, 4x and 1x PCI-e slots. An 8pin EPS connector provides +12v power for the CPU, supporting up to 140W processors. The rear I/O panel consists of a PS2 keyboard, four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 connectors, DVI, HDMI and VGA video outputs, gigabit NIC, external IEEE 1394 and eSATA 6Gb/s jacks, and S/PDIF optical and eight-channel audio outputs.
Continue for a closer look at some of the board components.