Excerpt: Feast your eyes on the new X58 Extreme3. It is an incredibly attractive motherboard, based on the high end X58 chipset from Intel. We read all the new specifications on the board like USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0. Impressive as those are, we could not get over the sheer good looks of the board.
Excerpt: Before we get into the review of the board itself let’s have a look at the features of the chipset this board uses. This chipset has been around for some time now and incorporates a number of enthusiast level features. Intel’s Turbo Memory technology is one of these integrated features of this chipset. This technology utilizes NAND cache to boost load times and application performance.
Summary: The X58 Extreme3 motherboard from ASRock is an updated version of the older X58 Extreme; it features many enhancements like USB 3.0, eSATA3, SATA3, better cooling on the 8-phase VRM and updated retention mechanism for the PCI Express slots. We compare its performance to four other X58 motherboards in this review.
Summary: We've revealed quite a bit of data here and it all points to this: The ASRock X58 Extreme 3 is solid. It's an extremely stable motherboard offering all of the latest expansion and high end level performance you come to expect from the X58 chipset and more. It took on GIGABYTE's X58A-UD5; a
premium board and it held its own.
Pros: Strong performance and stability, Decent quality components, Very attractive looking board, Exceptional value for the money, Offers some overclocking head room, Keeps up with the latest
Cons: Not a hardcore overclocker, We'd be willing to pay another $10-$20 for a better audio solution
Summary: As we fire up our actual gaming benchmarks, we thought of several ways to do this. Ultimately we wanted to use real resolutions and real settings to compare these processors. Granted if we ran everything at 640x480, we'd see a dramatic improvement on multi-core capable games when running the Core i7 920 with Hyper Threading at high speeds.
Pros: Fully loaded board with SATA & USB 3.0, 8-phase power regulation for the CPU, Good cooling on Northbridge and CPU Mosfet, Supports SLI & CrossfireX, 3x PCIe 16x slots for lots of expansion
Cons: Poor overclocking capabilities, No rear USB/eSATA/Firewire brackets., SATA 3.0 connectors located in an odd place
ASRock X58 Extreme3: An Enthusiast X58 Motherboard at a Budget Price?
2 June 2010
Conclusion: There are many conflicting points of view with the socket 1366 market. On one hand, it may be considered too expensive for the mainstream market, or that people suggest to wait for Intel's next enthusiast-level platform. With the next enthusiast platform potentially being released Q3 2011, those who have already invested in a 1366 have had great value in their investment, and any 1366 platform still purchased today will comfortably run along, awaiting for AMD to...
Summary: The ASRock X58 Extreme3 is a downright interesting motherboard. It's the first board that brings X58 under 200 USD with such features as USB 3.0 and SATA3 (6G) integrated. Next to that, this board is just well thought through and we like that very much. The overall aesthetic design is nice, not brilliant but for the 165 EUR where this board shines are its features and baseline performance.
Conclusion: Overall this board has been quite stable, the main flaw this far has been overclocking. We were able to push way further with previous boards with the same hardware but this blocked us quite early in the testing phase. This board performs well though with fast stock speeds and quite a bit of nice new features as USB 3.6 Core support and the new heatpipe design Asrock uses.
The testing results were so close to earlier testing with this processor on other boards it was really amazing. Oh, I’ve gotten similar results before, but these were with three or four different boards, two of them were 2010 boards and the other two were released in late 2008-early 2009.
I guess that there is little difference between the early X58 boards and the new ones as far as performance goes.
Pros: – Board has USB 3.0, SATA and eSATA 6Gb/s, – Rather than take PCIE lanes from the video cards, more lanes have been added via a PLX bridge, – Performed and overclocked well, – Quiet active cooling for motherboard power supply
Excerpt: Today we have the opportunity to look at a new motherboard from ASRock. Established in 2002, ASRock is a company that is still a bit on the small side when compared to some of the big guns out there. Despite being on the small side I am confident they are planning on making some big waves with the center piece of today’s article, the ASRock X58 Extreme3. The ASRock X58 Extreme3 aims to be a top notch board with a rock bottom price.