Friday, February 5th 2010

ASRock Readies USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s Equipped P55-Deluxe3 Motherboard

ASRock is developing a new upper-mainstream socket LGA-1156 motherboard based on the Intel P55 Express chipset: the P55-Deluxe3. This motherboard builds on the chipset's feature-set, and offers USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s connectivity. It further borrows from a design ASUS innovated with its P7P55D Premium, which makes use of a PCI-Express 2.0 bridge chip, which connects to the P55 chipset over its PCI-Express 1.1 x4 link, and gives out PCI-Express 2.0 x1 connections to the USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s controllers. The SATA 6 Gb/s controller gives out two SATA ports (color-coded white), and an IDE connector. The NEC USB 3.0 controller gives out two external ports color-coded blue.

Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8 when both are populated), a PCI-Express x1, and two PCI slots. Both NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFire, are supported. Other connectivity options include 8+2 channel audio with SPDIF connectivity, gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, FireWire, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. The ASRock P55 Deluxe3 should be priced somewhere in the $180~$200 range.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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27 Comments on ASRock Readies USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s Equipped P55-Deluxe3 Motherboard

#1
johnnyfiive
Looks pretty nice. I like the layout, a lot.
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#2
TheLostSwede
Is it just me, or are ASRock boards starting to look more and more like Asus boards? The chipset cooling is arse though...
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by: TheLostSwede
Is it just me, or are ASRock boards starting to look more and more like Asus boards? The chipset cooling is arse though...
They are a sub division of Asus, though they are getting better and moving into a space of their own, on the same note, I see they are now using the "Delux" brand that Asus has done before
#4
theorw
I d get that board for sure if it costs 50EUR less than the regular boards!
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#5
TheLostSwede
by: InTeL-iNsIdE
They are a sub division of Asus, though they are getting better and moving into a space of their own, on the same note, I see they are now using the "Delux" brand that Asus has done before
Uhm, no, they're not a sub division, they're made by Pegatron and as soon as Pegatron is spun off from Asus, ASRock is going to go after Asus' market. It'll happen sooner rather than later, just watch this space...
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#6
[I.R.A]_FBi
why aim for second place though? (asus)
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#7
fochkoph
Wow an ASRock board that isn't hideous! Liking the pci-e layout and great color scheme. I was hoping it would be cheaper though, not too happy with the price when EVGA or ASUS also have amazing offerings at that segment. Nice step in the right direction though, ASRock.
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#8
Wile E
Power User
by: TheLostSwede
Uhm, no, they're not a sub division, they're made by Pegatron and as soon as Pegatron is spun off from Asus, ASRock is going to go after Asus' market. It'll happen sooner rather than later, just watch this space...
Pegatron is owned by Asus. Asus created them in 2007 under their restructuring. So, until the time that Pegatron splits (if they ever do), ASRock is still an ASUS brand.
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#10
Kitkat
by: TheLostSwede
Uhm, no, they're not a sub division, they're made by Pegatron and as soon as Pegatron is spun off from Asus, ASRock is going to go after Asus' market. It'll happen sooner rather than later, just watch this space...
at this rate its waaaaaaayyyyy later lol :roll:
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
bad placement for the USB 3.0 ports - guaranteed to be the most cluttered area behind the mobo. network cable will definitely be in the way, as well as audio cables.
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#12
OnBoard
by: Mussels
bad placement for the USB 3.0 ports - guaranteed to be the most cluttered area behind the mobo. network cable will definitely be in the way, as well as audio cables.
It's in that spot for all (at least on gigabyte and MSI boards). Would think that it comes from same place and everyone uses that piece of metal.

Better placing next year with P65 with USB3 integrated.
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#13
Mussels
Moderprator
by: OnBoard
It's in that spot for all (at least on gigabyte and MSI boards). Would think that it comes from same place and everyone uses that piece of metal.

Better placing next year with P65 with USB3 integrated.
oh yes, its going to be a standard location. its just damned annoying.

We need front ports on cases to support USB 3.0 already.
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#14
OnBoard
by: Mussels
oh yes, its going to be a standard location. its just damned annoying.

We need front ports on cases to support USB 3.0 already.
But there is no USB 3.0 headers in motherboards yet :)

Agree it's an annoying location for the used it would be getting as in not constantly plugged in. Haven't got any usb3 devices, so it doesn't annoy me yet :p
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#15
M3T4LM4N222
I love ASrock, I've owned 2 ASrock boards and work w/ one in my tech class and they have disappointed me. Also, knowing ASrock this board will have more features than most boards that cost $30 more than it.
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#16
p_o_s_pc
F@H&WCG addict
by: Mussels
bad placement for the USB 3.0 ports - guaranteed to be the most cluttered area behind the mobo. network cable will definitely be in the way, as well as audio cables.
the placement of the USB ports are like that on my Asus board and on my gigabyte granted there all USB 2.0 on those boards(i think the X58 is 2.0) but still never has been a problem for me
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#17
Mussels
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my point is simply this: if they want USB 3.0 to tale off, put the ports in the easiest to reach location! they're backwards compatible to 2.0, so they should be in the most prominent, easy to reach location. Try fitting a flash drive in there, between the LAN and audio cables... not gunna happen.
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Wile E
Power User
by: Mussels
my point is simply this: if they want USB 3.0 to tale off, put the ports in the easiest to reach location! they're backwards compatible to 2.0, so they should be in the most prominent, easy to reach location. Try fitting a flash drive in there, between the LAN and audio cables... not gunna happen.
My flash drives work just fine there, even my Xporter XT. Yeah, up top would be better, but unless you have really huge flash drives, it isn't a problem.
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: Wile E
My flash drives work just fine there, even my Xporter XT. Yeah, up top would be better, but unless you have really huge flash drives, it isn't a problem.
not saying its impossible, just saying its irritating. for the most important USB ports on the system, they gave them the worst placement.
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Wile E
Power User
by: Mussels
not saying its impossible, just saying its irritating. for the most important USB ports on the system, they gave them the worst placement.
Meh. Mountain out of a molehill. Any port under the LAN ports are irritating, but they are just a fact of life.
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#21

You guys are all right here about some bad positioning and stuff. But I've noticed nobody realized the true flaw of those type of design, which is the ATX. ATX it's an old format now, we need another one soon. I think this is one of the last components of the PC which wasn't updated over the years. I agree, you will need a new case for your PC, but this will be nothing in the era of double and triple XCrossfire/SLI setups and stuff. We need a new format and fast, otherwise will just continue having this problems over and over again...
#22
Brewster0101
Its got a FDD socket .. Waste of money.

Would even say the IDE socket can be got rid of too now. High end boards should not have a FDD or IDE plugs anymore. Lets get them phased out please.

Also ram slots should be spaced apart more. Ram coolers are getting bigger and bulkier.

The tops on the heatsinks around the CPU are silly too, restricts airflow.

Two PCI slots? again an old piece of hardware that needs phasing out, think 1 would have been enough.
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#23
Mussels
Moderprator
what the hell is IDD?
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#24
Brewster0101
by: Mussels
what the hell is IDD?
My bad IDE, hands are cold and typing is terrible today. :banghead:
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#25
Hayder_Master
when i see the heatsink and heat pipe i don't expect an azrock mobo, nice they do good cooling now, but i see the price look a bit high for azrock cuz there is an gigabyte p55A-ud4p in same price or less
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