ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2

ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2

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Board Layout


Click here for a 3000x2500 high-res shot of the board (3 MB download), the backside is here.


Space around the CPU is ok, the chipset heatsink feels a bit tall but is sufficiently far away to accommodate bigger CPU coolers without problems.


PS/2 Keyboard, PS/2 Mouse, Parallel Port, Serial Port, four USB Ports, Ethernet and Audio are standard. In addition to that you have two red eSATA-II headers on the backside which lets you connect external SerialATA devices to the motherboard.


The motherboard's memory slots have been color coded for easy dual-channel configuration. To run your memory in dual-channel mode you have to put the modules into slots of the same color.

Connectors


The ATX power connector is in a pretty bad location, further to the edges of the board would have been better.


Four SATA ports are available for your harddisks.


There is only one IDE port on this board. This should be enough. Nowadays this is used mostly for CD/DVD-ROM or burners.


The header for the power/reset switch is not color-coded. At least there are some small labels on the PCB. In the manual the pins' functions is also described.


This is the external SATA port. You wire two of your existing SATA ports across the board and plug them into the headers on the motherboard. Then you have working eSATA on the back IO ports.


Having only two fan headers could turn out the be really limiting.
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