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ASRock Launches ALiveDual-eSATA2 Motherboard

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To be able to stand out among the crowd in the PC industry is not easy, but ASRock had successfully made its name in the market by its 3C concepts - Considerate, Creative and Cost-effectiveness. Once again, ASRock is ahead of its peers, the first one to release Socket AM2 motherboard based on NVIDIA M1695 and nForce3 250 chipsets. ALiveDual-eSATA2, is a “Dual” series motherboard that is scalable and full-functional. ALiveDual-eSATA2 is AMD LIVE! ready, designed with both PCI Express x16 and AGP 8X slots, SATA and SATAII connectors, eSATAII port and PCIE Gigabit LAN functions. Most of all, this motherboard supports the coming-soon AMD Phenom X4 / X2 CPU!

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lol looks like i found my upgrade mobo :D
 

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Looks good but is it going to be ready for mass production and ready t be sold to schools becasuse this looks like the right thing for the schools across the nation...(USA):toast:
 
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How come
NVIDIA M1695 Chipset
NVIDIA nForce3 250 Chipset

Both chipsets?
 

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the m1695 is the southbridge
The the nForce3 250 is the same chipset I have in my good old ASUS s754 board!

Although it's old, it's a very good chipset.
 

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The the nForce3 250 is the same chipset I have in my good old ASUS s754 board!

Although it's old, it's a very good chipset.
right, he was just asking why there's 2 chipsets on this board, and i was stating that the nforce3 250 is the nb and the m1695 is the sb.
 
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right, he was just asking why there's 2 chipsets on this board, and i was stating that the nforce3 250 is the nb and the m1695 is the sb.
I thought NF3 250 was a single chip solution.
 

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I thought NF3 250 was a single chip solution.
usually, but this is an unusual board for anyone other than asrock. they design, build, and manufacture boards that use both ddr and ddr2 as well as pci-e and agp. you won't find a single chipset that can do all that without the aid of at least an external controller chip.
 

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usually, but this is an unusual board for anyone other than asrock. they design, build, and manufacture boards that use both ddr and ddr2 as well as pci-e and agp. you won't find a single chipset that can do all that without the aid of at least an external controller chip.
He's right, ASRock is amazing. I used to have a 939Dual-SATA2, and it supported AGP and PCI-e, as well as socket 939 with DDR and AM2 with DDR2. My new ASRock mobo supports AM2 and AM2+, so it also ASRocks:roll:
 
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Just think for a minute!
NF3 250 is there just for the AGP and a couple of SATA1 ports.
It's the M1695 that supports PCI-E, Phenoms and DDR2 RAM!
 

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Just think for a minute!
NF3 250 is there just for the AGP and a couple of SATA1 ports.
It's the M1695 that supports PCI-E, Phenoms and DDR2 RAM!
This is important to know, for this reason.
Some mobos that have support for things like an AGP port and PCI-e port, actually use a converter from PCI-e to AGP. Some AGP cards won't work in this configuration (such as the AGP versions of ATI's X1K cards) because they themselves convert from PCI-e to AGP. This doesn't work I guess.

And it is nice to just know which bridge does what.
 
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About time this board came out! Perfect upgrade platform for me.
 
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I do think it was an odd decision to go with the nf3 chipset instead of the full uli chipset as used on previous asrock amd boards. The nf3 was never a great performer and id hope the nf3 drivers would have full vista support for this board other wise its agp port is useless. i would think that the uli chipset would have performed much better too even if its drivers never got another update .
 

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I do think it was an odd decision to go with the nf3 chipset instead of the full uli chipset as used on previous asrock amd boards. The nf3 was never a great performer and id hope the nf3 drivers would have full vista support for this board other wise its agp port is useless. i would think that the uli chipset would have performed much better too even if its drivers never got another update .
Nvidia bought ULI and kinda dropped their chipsets.

Looks pretty good tho, the NF3 does AGP and sata-1 while the other chipset does CPU/PCI-E

Like all asrocks it wont OC that great and will probably have some major flaw... but unlike the other models, this ones got a true x16 slot :) the others were all 4x electrically.
 

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Is it possible to run a pci-e 16x 2.0 graphics card on this board?

like the 3870 toxic from sapphire:eek:
 

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Thank you i dont know the differents yet about pci-e 16x and pci-e 16x 2.0
so thats way i asked you guys :) and with this mobo (ALiveDual-eSATA2)
if i have a pci-e card like sapphire ati radeon is it possible to run vista
with it? i have read something about the agp slot thats way i ask

this i have read about it

C. ATi™AGP Card (Windows® Vista™ 32-bit / Vista™ 64-bit):
Under Windows® Vista™ 32-bit / Vista™ 64-bit OS, this motherboard does not support ATi™ AGP card because NVIDIA® does not provide nForce3 250 relevant driver for Windows® Vista™ OS.


Review link:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/note/ALiveDual-eSATA2.html#Phenom

So if i have a pci-e 16x card it is possible to run vista?
 

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PCI-E 1.0 and 2.0 are essentially the same. They both work nicely with each other. if you have a 2.0 card AND motherboard, you get double the bandwidth. No current card need that.

YES you can run a PCI-E card on that motherboard - the problem is only for the AGP slot.