ASUS Has Announced the First Motherboard Dedicated For the Apollo Lake Platform

Omar Sohail
Posted Sep 26, 2016
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ASUS has officially announced the first ever motherboard that will support Intel’s Apollo Lake platform. According to the company, the motherboard features the mATX form factor and houses the mid-ranged Celeron processor.

The Celeron J3455 Is the Apollo Lake Wonder Present Inside the Latest Motherboard – Substantial Performance Improvements Over Braswell Expected

Intel launched a total of 6 Apollo Lake chipsets, out of which three SKUs were for desktops while the rest was for future notebooks, tablets and 2-in-1s. The ASUS J3455M-E will naturally provide support for the Celeron J3455 SoC, which features a quad-core package running at a base clock speed of 1.5GHz, while the turbo clock speed takes the processor up to 2.30GHz. It features a TDP of 10 watts and provides support up for up to 8GB of RAM.

As for the embedded GPU, the Celeron J3455 features an Intel HD 500 chip running at a speed of 250MHz as the base frequency. In terms of performance, you can expect more firepower compared to the Braswell series of chips, which were made on the Airmont architecture. With the superior Goldmont architecture and the improved CPU design, the chips can take their turbo clock speeds up to 2.70GHz. If you want to take a look at the complete specifications of the motherboard, they have been detailed below.

Full Specifications List of ASUS J3455M-E

Processor

  • Intel Celeron Quad-Core J3455 SoC onboard Processors

Memory

  • 2 x U-DIMM, Max. 16GB, DDR3 1866/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Graphics

  • Integrated Graphics Processor

PCIe slots

  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x1 mode)
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1

Storage

  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s port

LAN

  • Realtek RTL8111H, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller

Audio

  • Realtek ALC887-VD2 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC

Rear I/O panel

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse (green)
  • 1 x D-Sub
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
  • 2 x USB 3.0 (blue)
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Parallel port(s)
  • 3 x Audio jack(s)

Internal I/O ports

  • 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
  • 1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
  • 1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
  • 1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
  • 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
  • 1 x Internal speaker connector(s)
  • 1 x System panel(s)

Pricing details of the motherboard have not been provided, but as soon as more details sprout up, we’ll update you on the matter.

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