ASRock 890GX Extreme3
ASRock are a brand that you don’t tend to see here at Overclock3D very much. Founded in 2002 as the budget arm of Asus many of the motherboards sold were sub £50 no frills efforts that were not made to break records but merely just to “get the job done”. Aside a couple of Frankenstein products such as the popular AGP and PCI-Express compliant ASrock 939Dual SATA2, this was pretty much what ASRock was about. Times do change though and they certainly did for this low cost child.
From 2007, ASRock saw great levels of growth most notably from it’s independent floatation on the Taiwan stock exchange and dare I say it, has also meant multiple attempts at breaking into the performance sector of DIY systems. Today we will be looking at ASRock’s latest attempt; the 890GX Extreme3.
We tend to raise an eyebrow when the word “Extreme” is used overzealously. Perhaps we live in a world of exaggeration but Extreme is most certainly a word that describes something to the “furthest degree” and no less. It’s very much akin to today’s vehicle market, which is now flooded with cars with aggressive lines, huge wheels, bright lights and you guessed it... an underpowered diesel engine. That’s right, you in the BMW 116D M-Sport. There is nothing “Motor-Sport” about your £20,000 oil burning hatchback.
To the point, what I’m referring to is the terrible amount of “all show and no go” in a number of consumer industries today. Is the ASRock 890GX Extreme3 just another case of this or has it got what it takes to really impress us? Without prejudice, we will put the board through it’s paces but first, here’s a more comprehensive specification list to digest.
|Form Factor||ATX, 12" x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)|
|Processor Support||AMD Socket AM3 Sempron 100/Athlon II X2/X3/X4 and Phenom II X2/X3/X4 Processors|
|Chipset||AMD 890GX / SB850 |
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB 1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory|
Dual Channel memory architecture
3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (8x/8x Dual CrossfireX mode 8x/8x/4x Tri CrossfireX mode)
|Multi-GPU Support||ATi CrossfireX Supported|
|Onboard Video||ATi Radeon HD 4290 w/ 128MB GDDR3 Sideport|
Supports Hybrid CrossfireX with Radeon HD 2400/34xx/42xx series graphics cards
AMD SB850 Southbridge
|LAN||One Realtek RTL8111E 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN|
|Audio||VIA VT2020 7.1 Channel Audio|
|USB ||AMD SB850 Southbridge|
- 12 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x Rear, 8 x Internal)
NEC USB3.0 Controller
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
|Firewire||2 x 1394a ports (1x Rear I/O, 1x Internal)|
|Back Panel I/O||1 x PS/2 Keyboard|
1 x e-SATA
1 x DVI
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN
2 x USB3.0/2.0/1.1 ports
4 x USB2.0/1.1 ports
1 x IEEE1394a port
1 x Clear CMOS switch
Time for pictures...