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: 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
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.
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 competing motherboards and we regard it as one of the best X58 motherboards available.
Conclusion: Oh dear. It all started off so well. When we first received the Asrock Extreme3 in its shiny box we really we hoping this was the dawn of something special from Asrock. For a long time they've been holding the budget end of the market up with solid, if unspectacular, motherboards. So when we got this beast, all bristling with the latest technology yet at a sensible price, we really thought this could change the marketplace.
Pros: The included software is excellent, The BIOS pre-overclocked settings work well
Summary: Системная плата ASRock X58 Extreme3 — интересное решение, особенно с учетом ее далеко не заоблачной цены. Хотя цена не имеет большого значения для тех, кто осознанно нацеливается на сборку ПК на платформе Intel X58, отрадно, что при весьма разумной стоимости эта системная плата оказывается производительным и многофункциональным решением.