Wednesday, January 2nd 2008

ASRock Launches its First High-end Motherboard

ASRock has recently launched its first high-end motherboard, the 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ adopting Intel's P35 chipset. Although the P35 will only support up to 1333MHz FSB officially, ASRock has enabled support for up to 1600MHz. In addition to solid capacitors and overclock control software, the motherboard features the Realtek ALC890 chip for sound, and also built-in IEEE 802.11g. ASRock is also planning to soon launch motherboards adopting NVIDIA's nForce 650i and 680i chipsets, according to the company. Finally, the board supports Dual Channel DDR3 1333/1066/800 (2x DIMM slots) and Dual Channel DDR2 1066/800/667 (4x DIMM slots) memory.

Source: DigiTimes
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19 Comments on ASRock Launches its First High-end Motherboard

#1
tigger
I'm the only one
Pretty spicy for asrock.I love the sata connector right near the back of the board tho':laugh:

I wonder what wi-fi chip its using and how good it is.
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#2
snuif09
why would they release a high end mobo?? if you want to buy high end go for MSI,DFI,foxconn
asus,gigabyte etc then deffinatly not an asrock
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#3
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: tigger69
Pretty spicy for asrock.I love the sata connector right near the back of the board tho':laugh:

I wonder what wi-fi chip its using and how good it is.
its not for a 'sata' its for an E-sata - the mobo probably comes with an E-sata expansion bracket

if you think about things a little more logically, it sucks having to drag a sata cable right from the back of the mobo to the front making a mess. now its simple & easy with less cable clutter & possibly save a few cents/pennies but making the E-sata cable a little shorter so it doesnt have to stretch the full length of your mobo - it might be a small saving but meh, no matter how little the saving at least its a saving
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#4
pt
not a suicide-bomber
they should start using new colors on top ends, 'cause asrock blue stuff means cheap, cheap, cheap for non oc'ers stuff
and i agree with snuif09
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#5
OnBoard
by: snuif09
why would they release a high end mobo?? if you want to buy high end go for MSI,DFI,foxconn
asus,gigabyte etc then deffinatly not an asrock
I'd guess their high end mobo costs just a little more than those manufacturers budget motherboard, but surely less than competitors high end versions.
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#6
tigger
I'm the only one
I think its a very good budget alternative to p5b-dlx/p5k-dlx prem etc type of boards.
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#7
qwerty_lesh
asrock is the el-cheapo asus, a parent company if i remember correctly.
why not just buy an asus who have high-end motherboards down pat already?

nice try asrock and no thanks.
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
by: qwerty_lesh
asrock is the el-cheapo asus, a parent company if i remember correctly.
why not just buy an asus who have high-end motherboards down pat already?

nice try asrock and no thanks.
Well I'd try it b4 a ASUS Mobo. Just get it from Newegg send it back with in a month if no good just for cost of postage...
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#9
Xaser04
by: qwerty_lesh
asrock is the el-cheapo asus, a parent company if i remember correctly.
why not just buy an asus who have high-end motherboards down pat already?

nice try asrock and no thanks.
Because this board will most likely be considerably cheaper than the equivilant boards from the 'main' motheboard manufacturers.
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#10
qwerty_lesh
yea, dont care. imho u pay for quality, u dont cheap out on high end hardware.
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#11
Solaris17
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by: snuif09
why would they release a high end mobo?? if you want to buy high end go for MSI,DFI,foxconn
asus,gigabyte etc then deffinatly not an asrock
id personally but Asrock in foxconn's spot.
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#12
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
Asrock really isn't bad but sure they aren't the greatest. So your saying you would take a 1333/1066 FSB rated non crossfire/SLi DDR2 only Asus over a 1600/1333 Crossfire/SLi enabled DDR2 & DDR3 Asrock?


I must be missing something here.
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#13
breakfromyou
lol assrock

too bad they'll do something with the board to make it not so fun to own. but it will be cheap compared to similar offerings from other motherboard manufacturers, so why not.
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
The price will be the key thing.

2x PCI-E (crossfire)
DDR2 and DDR3
Yorkfield and wolfdale support, 7x sata, onboard wifi...

Great features, hopefully cheap too.


Only question is, whats with the second PCI-E slot? why a different color, and why the random clip at the end the white one doesnt have?
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#15
olstyle
There are definatly not enough PCI-E slots for me. What did they do to the x1 ones :shadedshu ?
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
well you can use the purple one, for a 1x/4x card.

How many PCI-E 1x cards do you have anyway?
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#17
olstyle
I´ve got two x1 cards. One for Wireless-Lan and one for TV.
They are currently using up the second and third x16 Slot of my Bad Axe.
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#18
Mussels
Moderprator
cool. I've got a (backup) 2 port SATA card for PCI-E, but i dont see people use them very often.
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#19
Xaser04
by: olstyle
I´ve got two x1 cards. One for Wireless-Lan and one for TV.
They are currently using up the second and third x16 Slot of my Bad Axe.
Well the board does have Wifi built in so you would be ok with it. (although I have no idea how good the onboard wifi would be of course).

The board does look quite nice and as long as they include voltage control it should overclock reasonably well. (my old dual vsata that is not in my parents pc took my E4300 up to 2.4ghz (and a celeron D 356 up to 4.3ghz) but it could go no further due to a lack of voltage adjustments.)

I think it will be one of those boards that will be a good all rounder, reasonable overclocking features, decent specs/ on board features, nice addition of DDR2 and DDR3 support and all for a decent price.
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