Tuesday, March 25th 2008

ASRock Launches World’s First DisplayPort Motherboard

To keep up with modern appliances with multi-ports, such as D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and the new DisplayPort, motherboard makers have got to be ready. ASRock is fully aware of the trend and released the world’s first DisplayPort motherboard today! ASRock A780FullDisplayPort is a full-function embedded motherboard with four display outputs provided for all kinds of consumer appliances. Through the back panel I/O, you will find many output port options, such as D-Sub, DVI, HDMI, and Display port, and the MB also supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray/HD-DVD playback and PCI-E Gen2 slot.
Based on AMD 780G + SB700 Chipsets, ASRock A780FullDisplayPort supports FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s), Dual DDR2 800, PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, integrated AMD RV610 graphics, providing excellent DX10 class iGPU, Pixel Shader 4.0, Max. shared memory 512MB, and ATI Hybrid CrossFireX function. For users craving high definition display requirements, this motherboard is specially designed to smoothly playback Full HD 1080p High Definition movies.

For storage and network transfer specifications, A780FullDisplayPort supports up to 6 SATA2 ports, RAID and PCIE Gigabit LAN, IEEE1394 and 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports.

DisplayPort is a digital display interface standard put forth by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). It defines a new license-free, royalty-free, state-of-the-art digital audio/video interconnect, intended to be used primarily between a computer and its display monitor, or a computer and a home-theater system.

Here are A780FullDisplayPort brief specifications:
  • Support for Socket AM2+ / AM2 processors: AMD Phenom FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core / Athlon X2 Dual-Core / Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
  • AMD 780G + SB700 Chipsets
  • FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR2 800/667, with 4 DIMM slots, maximum capacity up to 8GB
  • Integrated AMD RV610 graphics, DX10 class iGPU, Pixel Shader 4.0, Max. shared memory 512MB
  • Supports ATI Hybrid CrossFireX
  • 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (green @ x16 mode)
  • 6 x Serial ATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
  • Supports Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
  • Supports 2 x IEEE 1394 headers (one port on back panel, one header on board)
  • Four VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI and Displayport
  • Supports HDCP function to enjoy better quality with High Definition HDCP Encryption contents
  • Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback
  • 1 x WiFi/E header
  • Supports ASRock OC Tuner
  • Windows Vista Premium 2007 Logo Ready
  • Free Bundle: 1 x ASRock DisplayPort Card, 1 x DVI-to-HDMI converter
  • ASRock 1394_DVI I/O Plus: 1 x VGA/D-Sub Port, 1 x VGA/DVI-D Port, 1 x IEEE 1394 port, 6 ready-to-use USB ports
Source: ASRock
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9 Comments on ASRock Launches World’s First DisplayPort Motherboard

Impressive, but I wonder what this baby will cost? I've looked around, but I can't find any estimates yet on the net.......:rolleyes:
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Display Port is nice, i'm glad the tech is finding its way into more and more products.

Hey, isn't that a Gigabyte motherboard pictured?
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This one obviously has "home theater" written all over it. :)
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Fishfaced Nincompoop
Also, isn't that the chipset that actually has decent graphics performance? Anyhow, creds once again to Asrock, one of my favourite underdogs. :)
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yeah thats the new ATI chipset which isnt so bad for an onboard.

Cant wait for the move to display port, HDMI annoys me.
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hybrid crossfire on the cheap is a great!!! :rockout:
now you get display port!!!
for those who dont need a really powerful GPU this board would be great
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Jimmy 2004
X-TeNDeR said:
Hey, isn't that a Gigabyte motherboard pictured?
Comes from the ASRock website and says ASRock on the heatsink, so unless they're using the same layout it shouldn't be.
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Jimmy 2004 said:
Comes from the ASRock website and says ASRock on the heatsink, so unless they're using the same layout it shouldn't be.
*cough* Asus *cough*

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Bird of Prey
I love the green color for that PCIe 16 slot.
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