Friday, June 19th 2009

ASRock Readying Affordable X58 Extreme Motherboard

ASRock has yet another socket LGA-1366 motherboard up its ranks: the X58 Extreme. This model is distinct from the X58 SuperComputer and X58 Deluxe, which shared the same PCB. It has three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, from which only two are routed to the X58 northbridge. The CPU is powered by an 8-phase circuit, similar to the other ASRock models. The blue PCI-E x16 slots are connected to the northbridge with full 16-lane bandwidth, while the third orange slot is wired to the southbridge with 4-lane bandwidth. The package bundles only the 2-way SLI bridge, and 3-way SLI is not advertised, although 3-way CrossFireX is. The ICH10R southbridge provides 6 SATA ports, while an additional controller provides IDE and eSATA connectors. ASRock's InstantBoot feature is supported. Looking at the features on offer, we expect this board to sell for a lower price than the X58 Deluxe, which is on the brink of entering the sub-$200 segment.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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13 Comments on ASRock Readying Affordable X58 Extreme Motherboard

#1
MRCL
Soo... what advantage/disadvantage does it bring with the third pci-e being connected to the sb?
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btarunr
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by: MRCL
Soo... what advantage/disadvantage does it bring with the third pci-e being connected to the sb?
PCI-E x4 electrically. Your call.
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#3
MRCL
by: btarunr
PCI-E x4 electrically. Your call.
Eh, I'm a bit slow today. Just had four cups of coffee.

Hm for SLI its a ratehr nice board tho, for that price.
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#4
twicksisted
i guess if youre going to do 3-way sli youre probably going to want to use a better board than an Asrock, so its all good ;)
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#5
tigger
I'm the only one
Thats a mighty fine board from asusrock.
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#6
jaredudu
This may be a dumb question but is ASRock owned by ASUStek?
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#7
tigger
I'm the only one
Its the value brand of asus.
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#8
OnBoard
There's a nice SLI user P55 board alternative. That I might want as an upgrade, but will there be any low priced i7 (s1366) left at the end of the year/next year.

Anyhow, it's nice to see affordable Xfire/SLI board. ALL motherboards with 2 or more PCI-E slots should be like this :)

What's even better, that would fit 2x Accelero Xtreme GTX 280 coolers.
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#9
LittleLizard
also it has something that the other 2 dont have!

Power & Reset buttons and a post led !

Looks like a nice board
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#10
SAMiN
I Think,It can be good choice for computing use.
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#11
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Looks like a very nice budget board, the third slot being an x4 is kind of a bummer, but it would make for a great Two-Way SLi + Physx card setup.
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#12
$ReaPeR$
its a great board imo!i already own 2 asrock boards and they work just fine!
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#13
Hayder_Master
it is extreme x58 from azrock , can they say extreme x58 form gigabyte
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