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ASRock K8 Combo-Z ALi M1689 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASRock
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Introduction & Specs

Today we are looking at the ASRock K8 Combo-Z. Like the ASRock K8 Upgrade 760GX board we reviewed not long ago, the K8 Combo-Z touts the ability to support both Socket 754 and Socket 939. But unlike the K8 Upgrade 760GX, the K8 Combo-Z has both sockets onboard!


The ASRock K8 Combo-Z is a full size ATX motherboard that uses the ALi M1689 chipset and comes with a decent set of features.


In addition to being a review of a unique product, today's article will be an interesting experiment to see how performance improves when a Socket 754 CPU is replaced with a Socket 939 CPU. How much extra performance do you get going to an FX-53 with dual-channel? Does game performance improve at all? What are the cost-performance benefits? Is the K8 Combo-Z worth buying over the competition?


Let's get on with it!


Specifications











































ASRock K8 Combo-Z Specs


Chipset


ALi M1689


Bus Frequency


400MHz, 600MHz, 800MHz


Memory


DDR 400MHz


Memory Slots


2 DIMMs for Socket 754
3 DIMMs for Socket 939


Memory Capacity


2GB for Socket 754
3GB for Socket 939


Drive Connectivity


2x ATA100 IDE
2x SATA II (RAID 0, 1, JBOD)


Audio

Realtek ALC850 5.1 channel audio

Analog Audio Connectivity


6x (front, side, rear, center/bass, mic, input)


Digital Audio Connectivity


None


Network


Realtek RTL8201BL 10/100


USB 2.0


4 ports on rear panel
2 headers onboard


Firewire IEEE1394


None


 

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