Subject: Motherboards | November 10, 2011 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asrock, Z68 Extreme4 Gen3, ga-z68x
Taking a break from reviewing the major names in motherboards, [H]ard|OCP took hold of ASRock's Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 motherboard to see what that companies flagship motherboard is capable of. The motherboard arrived for review in an impressive stainless steel box, unfortunately once the box was opened the review started on a downhill trend. [H] didn't say that the board had the worst layout they've seen but had serious concerns with the placement of PCIe slots as well as the location of the auxiliary power connection. Once the board was hooked up [H] tried the UEFI BIOS that ASRock implemented with moderate success, they had better luck with the included overclocking software. Even with the problems they describe in the review, the board did survive their stability testing with no problems whatsoever.
"Several people on our forums wanted to see a little more brand diversity when it comes to motherboard reviews. Ask and you shall receive. We take our first look at one of ASRock’s "finest" motherboards. The Z68 Extreme4 Gen3. Long name, lots of features, and a big steaming bowl of disappointment."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS P8Z68-V @ [H]ard|OCP
- GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 (Intel X79) @ Tweaktown
- MSI P67A-GD65 Intel P67 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
- ASUS Sabertooth X79 @ Tweaktown
- Asus P8P67 Pro B3 Rev 3.1 Motherboard @ Rbmods
- Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 Motherboard Preview @ eTeknix
- ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Intel P67 @ PC Stats
- BIOS Option Of The Week - Intel Dynamic Acceleration @ TechARP
- ASUS F1A75-V Pro vs. Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H – Llano at ~$120 @ AnandTech
- ECS A990FXM-A Black Series Motherboard @ HardwareHeaven
- Biostar TA990FXE AM3+ @ techPowerUp
- Flagship Mainboards for Bulldozer from Asus, Gigabyte and MSI @ X-bit Labs
- GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2011 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, gigabyte, ECS, asrock, msi, market share
With HDD shortages come a reduced demand for most PC components as shipping a system without a hard drive tends to be frowned upon. This will be hitting motherboard makers fairly hard over the last quarter of 2011. DigiTimes reports an estimated 20% drop for Gigabyte; MSI, ECS and ASRock are expecting around a 10% decrease and ASUS projects somewhere in the neighbourhood of 5-10%. We can certainly hope that there will be discounts offered in the attempt to focus on upgraders. A nice price on some of the new motherboards that have just come onto the market might draw the attention of those who already have a fully functional PC but are considering a possible hardware refresh.
"Motherboard makers have been impacted by HDD shortages arising from flooding in Thailand since mid-October, and are expected to see their fourth-quarter shipments decrease 10-15% on quarter, according to industry sources.
Gigabyte Technology may see shipments falling 20-25% from five million in the third quarter to below four million in the fourth."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Looking at AMD amid layoffs and new directions @ SemiAccurate
- Adobe Abandons Mobile Flash: Report @ Wired
- Mozilla updates to Firefox 8, disables add-ons @ The Register
- Case Modding with Aquatuning Review @ XSReviews
Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2011 - 08:09 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: sandybridge, Intel, htpc, asrock
ASRock, a company most well known for its motherboards, has built a sleek little HTPC (home theater PC) whose specifications recently leaked to the web. Powered by a choice of Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5, or i7 processors, and a discrete Nvidia GT540M graphics card with 1 GB RAM the small black or silver chassis has enough power to deliver 2D or 3D video with ease. Further, the computer features a Blu-ray drive, the aforementioned Nvidia 3D Vision technology, a media center remoter, and a media card reader.
Connectivity includes headphone and microphone inputs, two USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, and power button on the front. The rear of the HTPC contains a host of connectivity options including a power jack, S/PDIF, 7.1 channel analog audio jacks, Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, DVI, E-SATA, HDMI 1.4a, and four USB 2.0 ports. Air ventilation slots and a Kensington lock slot.
Needless to say, this little PC is loaded with options, and would even be capable of some light gaming in addition to its role as a movie and multimedia playback device. The aesthetics are pretty good as well. Do you have a dedicated HTPC box in your entertainment center or do you use extender devices like the Xbox 360 to play your media on the TV? You can see more photos and details on the HTPC over at Engadget.
Subject: Systems | August 2, 2011 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asrock, CoreHT-252B, htpc
Inside the 195mm (7.6") x 70mm (2.8") x 186mm (7.2") ASRock CoreHT-252B HTPC you will find a Core i5 2520m, 8GB DDR3-1333, a Lite-ON Blu-ray combodrive and a 500GB Western Digital Scorpio Black HDD. Pretty much all that you would need to run a proper HTPC and in a form that will look fine sitting under a TV. For input and output you have S/PDIF, mic-in, headphone-out, HDMI 4.1a and VGA as well as 2 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0 and an eSATA3 port for data transfer if you don't want to use the wired or wireless NICs. They sell it without an OS, which can be welcome for those wanting to build a MythTV or other non-Windows MCE HTPC and Overclockers Club were also glad of the upgrade options that this HTPC offers. Head to their full review here.
"If, on the other hand, you want an HTPC that can also act as a desktop replacement, look no further. There's adequate power for rendering of all sorts and the included RAM ought to cover most non-professional needs, but, if more is required, the board does support 8GB. Storage can be upgraded to include another 2.5" storage drive, and the included WD Scorpio Black could easily be replaced with an SSD. If more power is needed, the board will support the Core i7 2720m for more processing power (two more cores and threads!). A Blu-ray drive and wireless 802.11n wireless are included as standard."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2 Review @ Techgage
- Blu-ray Importing: July 2011 Buying Guide @ Tweaktown
- SilverStone Grandia GD03 HTPC Case Review @ ReviewDesk
- Energysistem DVB-T T1250HDTV @ XSReviews
- Genius LuxeMate T810 Media Center Wireless Keyboard Review @MissingRemote
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2011 - 12:22 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: synergy, sony vaio, podcast, nvidia, gtx 460, asus, asrock, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #152 - 4/28/2011
This week we talk about the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Motherboard, EVGA GTX460 2Win, NVIDIA Synergy, AMD quarterly earnings, Viewer questions and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
Program length: 1:09:40
- 0:00:45 Introduction
- 1-888-38-PCPER or firstname.lastname@example.org
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 0:01:50 We have a new site!
- Call for writers!
- 0:04:14 Sony Vaio Y Series Review: Proving Fusion's Potential
- 0:06:46 ASUS Eee PC 1215N Review: Atom and Ion, Back Together Again
- 0:08:11 AMD Fusion Speculation for Ontario/Zacate
- 0:11:52 ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional LGA 1155 Motherboard Review
- 0:16:29 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
- 0:17:20 EVGA GeForce GTX 460 2WIN 2GB dual-GPU Graphics Card Review
- 0:24:01 Just Delivered: Thermaltake Headphones
- 0:25:54 Next gen SSD controllers pushing for TLC flash
- 0:31:45 The year is looking bright for AMD
- AMD's been having a very busy start to the year
- 1Q Results generally positive, showed some good growth, and no loss
- 0:40:03 OCZ Technology Announces Vertex 3 Max IOPS Solid State Drives
- 0:43:07 NVIDIA Synergy will offer discrete and integrated GPU support on Sandy Bridge
- 0:48:40 Email from Bavarian Barbarian
- 0:53:30 Email from Josh
- 0:56:33 Email from Arkanic
- 0:59:15 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
- Ryan: 16 cores and 24GB of memory OR Quiet computers (next to me this whole time!)
- Jeremy: Better Privacy Firefox has been killing LSOs (SupaCookies!) for over a year ... HackerTyper is amusing too but overloaded
- Josh: 2TB for $109
- Allyn: 2TB 5400 RPM (or cool 7200 RPM) / iPhone GPS tracking cache thing...
- http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
- 1:08:20 Closing
Introduction and Features
ASRock is teaming up with Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel to bring back to life the Fatal1ty series of gamer-centric motherboards. Their latest creation is dubbed the P67 Professional and this particular LGA 1155-based motherboard pulls out all the stops in terms of quality components and enthusiast-level features. The use of premium gold caps, Japanese conductive polymer capacitors, and support for quad SLI and CrossfireX graphics configurations makes the P67 Professional a true head-turner for gamers looking for every edge to max out their system's gaming prowess.
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