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ASRock Unveils its Socket FM2 Motherboard Lineup for Overclockers

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    ASRock unveiled a new line of motherboards for socket FM2 AMD A-Series "Trinity" accelerated processors. Spread across three chipsets - AMD A55, AMD A75, and AMD A85X; and three form-factors - ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ITX; ASRock's lineup includes a total of six models. Leading the pack is the FM2A85X Extreme6 (ATX, A85X), followed by the FM2A75 Pro4 (ATX, A75), FM2A75 Pro4-M (micro-ATX, A75), FM2A75M-DGS (micro-ATX, A75), FM2A55M-DGS (micro-ATX, A55), and FM2A75M-ITX (mini-ITX, A75).

    The FM2A85X Extreme6 comes fully-loaded with a 10-phase CPU VRM, 3-way multi-GPU support (x16/NC/NC; x8/x8/NC; x8/x4/x4), DDR3-2600+ memory support, seven SATA 6 Gb/s + one eSATA 6 Gb/s ports, and a suite of ASRock XFast technologies. The board eyes a price tag around US $149. The only other ATX socket FM2 model in ASRock's lineup, the FM2A75 Pro4, features a simpler 6-phase CPU VRM, single PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (the other long slot being electrical x4), with just about all the features accommodated by the AMD A75 chipset. The FM2A75 Pro4-M is a slightly miniaturized version of this board, which retains most of its features, with fewer PCI-Express x1 and legacy PCI slots.

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    Moving on, the FM2A75M-DGS is a bit of radical, which uses a compact micro-ATX PCB with just two DDR3 DIMM slots, but the complete feature-set of the AMD A75 chipset, including a total of six SATA/eSATA ports. The FM2A55M-DGS uses the same exact PCB as the FM2A75M-DGS, but swaps out its chipset for the cost-effective AMD A55, and its SATA 6 Gb/s ports with SATA 3 Gb/s.

    Lastly, there's the cherry on the ASRock FM2 pastry, the FM2A75M-ITX. This mini-ITX motherboard crams in nearly every feature of the AMD A75 chipset. It features a 4+1 phase CPU VRM, four SATA 6 Gb/s, one eSATA 6 Gb/s, four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two via header), two DDR3 DIMM slots, DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, 8-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet. It is priced at an estimated $119.
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  2. NutZInTheHead


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    That mini-ITX board sure looks lovely for an HTPC. I'll have to see offerings from other manufacturers too before making my decision.
  3. Frick

    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    They are pouring in right now. :)

    It's nice to see that most companies have ITX boards in their initial lineup.
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  4. AndreiD


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    The miniITX board has a very nice layout, seems to support most aftermarket coolers since the CPU socket isn't that close to the PCI-E slot. Very very nice layout.
  5. XNine

    XNine CaseLabs Rep

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    Asrock keeps rolling out great looking (and great features) boards. I love my Extreme 6/GB. Best board I've ever owned.

    Not an ITX guy myself, but that ITX board does look really slick! I really like it!
  6. HammerON

    HammerON The Watchful Moderator Staff Member

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    Hmmm - thinking about my first ITX build...
    I like the looks of this board:)
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  7. eidairaman1

    eidairaman1 The Exiled Airman

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    definitely the extreme 6. Hell asrock has been releasing outstanding boards for both Intel and AMD
  8. ddrum2000 New Member

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    Has anyone found these for sale yet?

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