Monday, November 17th 2008

ASRock Super Computer X58 Motherboard Spotted

Pictures of ASRock's very own X58 motherboard, named simply "X58 Super Computer", appeard today over the web. Now one thing is for sure, it's not really a "super" motherboard and it's not really here to compete with high-end offering, but to appeal to the rest of the audience. After all this is an ASRock, meaning that it will do the work and still offer a good mainstream value with lower price. The motherboard is socket LGA 1366 ready, offering four PCI express x16 slots, three PCI slots and six DDR-3 DIMMs for triple-channel memory kits. The X58 Super Computer comes with completely passive cooling, there are radiators on the north bridge and the board's power elements which are connected by a single heatpipe, while the south bridge is cooled by a modest passive cooler. ASRock's creation also comes with six SATA ports, 12x USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA connector, integrated 7.1 channel audio, dual Gigabit Ethernet and one FireWire connector. This motherboard also implements ASRock's Instant Boot technology, that allows Windows XP or Windows Vista to boot up for 3 to 4 seconds. The AsRock X58 Super Computer has yet to reach stores and receive a price.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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27 Comments on ASRock Super Computer X58 Motherboard Spotted

#1
lemonadesoda
Are my eyes playing tricks on me? I can count four PCIe x16 slots!
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#2

Why belittle ASRock? This board looks fantastically good on paper!
#3
powerwolf
:eek: Own your own supercomputer! But will this beat my brother's Gigglebyte mainframe? :wtf:
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#4
cool_recep
You know that ASrock is powered by Asus...But I prefer GIGABYTE :D...
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#5
Tatty_One
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by: v-zero
Why belittle ASRock? This board looks fantastically good on paper!
It does and I am sure it will undercut most of the competition, for someone that does not overclock (read the majority of PC users) it should be great, for overclockers/enthusiasts it may have less appeal as Asrock boards tend to lack many of the overclocking options most of us expect, but hey, it's hardly a critisism if they cater for the majority of users!
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by: Tatty_One
It does and I am sure it will undercut most of the competition, for someone that does not overclock (read the majority of PC users) it should be great, for overclockers/enthusiasts it may have less appeal as Asrock boards tend to lack many of the overclocking options most of us expect, but hey, it's hardly a critisism if they cater for the majority of users!
My experience with their "high-end" boards is that they have all of the overclocking functions most would expect, but I see your point - the overclocking crazy LN2 guys will just buy the best, no matter the cost.
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It would be interesting to see how much this board will be priced, AsRock boards have always been uber cheap!

With Current i7 boards costing £250+ what are the chances of this board coming in at under £100?
#8
Pinchy
by: insider
It would be interesting to see how much this board will be priced, AsRock boards have always been uber cheap!

With Current i7 boards costing £250+ what are the chances of this board coming in at under £100?
Doubt that. If they were to do that, they wouldnt have any room for their P55 chipset boards. Remember, Asrock boards are cheaper, but this is still the X58 chipset, so it is the flagship.
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Hmm forgot about the P55, hopefully that would sell for around the £100 mark and the premium X58 for £50+ more on top of that.
#10
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Minus the ugly pink and baby shit green memory slot colors, that is a very beautiful board with lots of blues and vanilla. hopefully it will be a little cheaper regardless if its x58 flagship.
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Mussels
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by: WarEagleAU
baby shit green memory slot
lol. so the colors are bad, but its great to see a 'value' board come out with heatpipe VRM coolers, and a clean, simple layout.

In all honesty, i'd prefer this over a generic intel board if i was going i7 right now.
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#13
Octavean
Looks a bit like a Gigabyte board with that color scheme.

If it cost less then the MSI X58 Platinum at $220 USD that would be great. I'm going to guess it will go for ~$199 USD.

I thought the X58 chipset / boards were tageted at overclockers/enthusiasts so I'm not sure any manufacturer should be targeting any other group with it. If ASUS / ASRock cuts out those features that the typical target market for the X58 chipset would want then they may have created a product without a market.

Well,....unless its really cheap,....
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#14
ShinyG
I love the name, call me crazy, but considering AsRock's strange naming schemes, this board reminded me of "Master Computer" from Dexter's Lab :p
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#15
KieranD
i wanted a crossfire asrock board but i couldnt find it for sale on a uk site
so i ended up winging it on £40 for this MSI Piece o S**T yeah good on paper bad for an OC and HT link is crap on it

never again shall i buy MSI!!!
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#16
Octavean
I was wondering if MSI was any good. I came close to buying that MSI X58 Platinum motherboard for $220 USD. Seems cheap (well you know what I mean) but I didn't know if it was worth it.
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by: MopeyMartian
Look Ma! No worthless PCIe x1 slots! :laugh:
its not useless. I use my tv tuner on that slot, and new sound cards are also coming on that
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#20
0V3CHKiN
So how is it capable of booting to XP/Vista in 4 seconds?
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#21
spearman914
Omg??? U can go quad-dual-sli-cf!!! But it doesn't even support it yet. BTW color scheme kinda bad.
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#22
omiknight52
xD 6 memory slots and 4 pci-e slots when I get a better job :cry:
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#23
Mussels
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by: 0V3CHKiN
So how is it capable of booting to XP/Vista in 4 seconds?
by using sleep states (S3/S4). its a gimmick.
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#25
Mussels
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by: hayder.master
4xpci-e but why poor heat sink
because its an asrock, and it will be a lot cheaper than the other brands.
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