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.
ASRock X58 Extreme3: An Enthusiast X58 Motherboard at a Budget Price?
31 March 2011
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.
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.
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.
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: ASRock is not known as an enthusiast’s dream come true with the motherboards. With the X58 Extreme3 motherboard, they have proved that appearances can be deceiving. With a host of great features that any X58 board would be proud of, including external SATA 6 Gb/second ports, the X58 Extreme offers...
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...
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
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.
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.
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...
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
Summary: Performance wise the Asrock X58 Extreme3 appeared quite strong for the most part, though it did appear to have a slight weakness when it came to gaming. Although the Asus P6T Deluxe is quite old now, as it was one of the first LGA1366 motherboards released, it does set a high benchmark for all...