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ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 Review

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I would like to thank ASRock for supplying us with the tested motherboard.

The ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 is ASRock's first motherboard which is able to run Crossfire. Intel's i945 chipset has enough PCI lanes to do that. 16 lanes are used for the primary PCI-E interface and 4 are used to implement a second PCI-E port called "AGI". Effectively this means Crossfire runs at x16/x4. While the x4 might worry some people I do not see much of a problem there as long as you use cards that have a loopback cable. So X1300 and X1600 are out. The rest should work fine without performance loss. When a game starts it uploads all geometry and texture data to the video card which renders from there - the PCI-E bus is barely used.


ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 LGA775
FSB800/533 MHz
ChipsetIntel i945PL
Memory4x 240 Pin DDR-II, Dual Channel DDR 533, up to 2 GB

1x PCI-E x16
1x AGI Express PCI-E x4
1x PCI-E x1
3x PCI

HDD Connectivity1x ATA-133
4xSATA-II + 2 shared eSata-II connectors
Networking10/100 Mbps - Realtek 8101L
Ports8x USB 2.0 (4 on Back Panel)
1x Serial
1x Parallel
Audio5.1 Realtek ALC660 HD Audio
Form FactorATX 218 x 305mm

Specifications from ASRock

  • LGA 775 for Intel Dual Core Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron D, supporting Presler and Cedar Mill processors
  • FSB 800/533 MHz
  • Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
  • Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
  • Supports EM64T CPU
  • Northbridge: Intel 945PL
  • Southbridge: Intel ICH7R
Hybrid Booster
  • CPU Frequency Stepless Control
  • ASRock U-COP
  • Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
  • Dual Channel DDRII memory technology
  • 4 x DDRII DIMM slots
  • Supports DDRII533
  • Max. capacity: 2GB
  • Supports ATI CrossFire™
  • 3 x PCI slots
  • 1 x PCI Express x 16 slot
  • 1 x AGI Express slot (PCI Express x 4)
  • 1 x PCI Express x 1 slot
  • n/a
  • Realtek ALC660 5.1channel CODEC with High Definition Audio
  • Realtek PCI LAN 8101L
  • Speed: 10/100 Ethernet
  • Supports Wake-On-LAN
  • 4 x Serial ATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5 and Intel Matrix Storage) and "Hot Plug" functions
  • 2 x eSerial ATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors (shared with 2 SATAII ports), support "Hot Plug" function
  • 1 x ATA100 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 1 x IR header
  • 1 x Game header
  • CPU/Chassis FAN connectors
  • 20 pin ATX power connector
  • 4 pin 12V power connector
  • SLI/XFire power connector
  • CD in header
  • Front panel audio connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 headers
Rear Panel I/O
  • ASRock eSATAII I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
  • 1 x COM Port
  • 1 x Parallel Port (ECP/EPP Support)
  • 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
  • 2 x eSATAII Ports
  • 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port
  • Audio Jack: Line in / Line out / Microphone
BIOS Feature
  • 4Mb AMI BIOS
  • AMI Legal BIOS
  • Supports "Plug and Play"
  • ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
  • Supports jumperfree
  • Support CD Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software
  • Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O shield
  • Floppy/ATA 100 cables
  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA 1-to-1 power cables
Form Factor
  • ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.6-in, 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm
  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/XP 64-bit compliant
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