ASRock 890GX Extreme3
Packaging & Initial Impressions
ASRock's current livery appears to entail dark colours and large contrasting font. One thing's for sure is that with titles such as these, you will never accidently buy the wrong motherboard. The packaging also boasts the titles "True 333". Quite simply, this means onboard USB 3.0, SATA3 and eSATA3; a trio of third generation features.
Quite predictably, the first things you'll find will be the motherboard's manual and accessory set. Included you will find four SATA cables, one SATA to eSATA adapter, one molex to SATA power adapter (for the pseudo eSATA3 support) and of course, a driver disc.
The 890GX Extreme3 in person. Given the blue and white component colour scheme and a generally respectable layout, you would almost think that this is an Asus board. It is only the excessive labelling on the PCB itself that gives the game away.
The 890GX Extreme3 sports a heatpipe cooling unit to cool the chipset and voltage regulation modules, while a small independent heatsink cools the SB850 southbridge.
It doesn't look particularly cheap when compared to it's similarly priced competition but how does it fair in our testing regime? Let's get cracking.