Excerpt: It’s been well over 18 months since I last had the privelage of working on an ASRock motherboard that supported Intel processors. At that time, the Core 2 Processor was king of the hill. Even then, their affordable motherboards did quite well measuring up to the competition in basic performance.
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. The reality is that most gamers that have money for a new CPU don't run at 640x480 and we wanted to see what kind of performance...
Pros: Full featured board, Very good layout, 8-phase power regulation for the CPU, Excellent overclocking capability, Supports Tri-SLI and Quad CrossfireX, Passive cooling works well and is dead silent., Four PCIe 16x slots!!
Cons: System wasn't perfectly stable until the 2.10 BIOS (RAM compatibility?), No rear USB/eSATA/Firewire brackets., Pretty expensive - $300+
Conclusion: I went into this review with a few bad experiences with ASRock boards in the past but an open mind as to this board. As they are not as big as other motherboard manufacturers in the enthusiast end of the motherboard market, it was an interesting experience. This board in a word excites me to no end. The ability to have four video cards without SATA or capacitors or other components in the way is a huge plus for me.
Conclusion: A full-fledged X58 motherboard for under $170 was just a dream a year ago, fully realized with the ASRock X58 Extreme motherboard. ASRock offers most of the features of the X58 SuperComputer with the exceptions being 3 full length PCI Express slots instead of four and better BIOS options.
Summary: Looking at the results from our benchmarks, I have to say ... I was a little disappointed with the performance of the ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard. It fell behind against other X58 based motherboards, but only marginally. However, having said that, it did produce what we thought were acceptable scores in our tests ... put it this way, it will be better than any AMD's current offerings anyway.
Pros: - Support all Core i7 Processors, - Intel X58 chipset, - Support Triple Channel DDR3 memory, - Excellent connectivity, - Supports BOTH CrossfireX and SLI, - 4 x PCIe slots
Summary: The ASRock X58 SuperComputer was a fantastic performer, had great overclocking potential, and had a decent bundle. ASRock produced a board that rivals most of the other leading manufacturers out there. The only hold up for the board may be the price once you compare it to some of the other offerings out there.
Summary: At first ASRock solutions stood out due to an extravagant combination of seemingly incompatible processors, chipsets and technologies – all at a very affordable price. Now the company is offering solutions built on top-of-the-line chipsets that tend to cost substantial money. Read about a new solution like that in our today’s review!
As I mentioned in the introduction, ASRock commonly comes up with innovations, that is what they are known for, coming up with cost-cutting solutions in their boards for the more economy-minded. I never really thought about what they would do with a mainstream motherboard, and weren’t sure if they would even go the X58 route for some time.
The guys at ASRock have done it up right with the X58 Supercomputer.
Pros: Well designed, well built, Only Teslacapable X58 motherboard on the market, Real innovations, including EZ Overclocking, and location of USB/IEEE 1394/case header ports
Excerpt: ASRock has been known to us here at TweakTown as producing a more rounded board aimed at the mainstream and value end of the spectrum. Never would we consider putting this motherboard maker into the hardcore and overclocking segments that ASUS, MSI and GIGABYTE has managed to push into, yet ASRock for all their trying are aiming for the top. And why not!