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ASRock K8 Upgrade 760GX Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASRock
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Intro & Specs

ASRock has been manufacturing motherboards for a very long time but goes relatively unnoticed in the community because they're not a company you'd go to for an enthusiast product. ASRock is better known for their budget-minded products and niche offerings that fulfill specific needs like motherboards that support multiple socket form factors. 


Today we are looking at our first ever ASRock motherboard here on PC Perspective. The K8 Upgrade 760GX motherboard is based on the SiS760GX chipset, and unlike the other three SiS760GX boards we reviewed not long ago, this board has the option of supporting Socket 939. Yes, that's right. Feel like that Sempron is slowing you down, why not slap on an Athlon X2? The price is good. The gimmick sounds interesting, so what's the catch? Let's find out!


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ASRock K8 Upgrade 760GX Specs


Chipset


SiS 760GX


Bus Frequency


400MHz, 600MHz, 800MHz


Memory


DDR 400MHz


Memory Slots


2 DIMMs for Socket 754
4 DIMMs for Socket 939 (adapter required)


Memory Capacity


2GB for Socket 754
4GB for Socket 939 (adapter required)


Drive Connectivity


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


Video


SiS Mirage 2 Graphics


Audio

C-Media CMI9761A 5.1 channel audio

Analog Audio Connectivity


3x jack sensing plugs


Digital Audio Connectivity


None


Network


Realtek RTL8201BL 10/100


USB 2.0


6 ports on rear panel
1 header onboard


Firewire IEEE1394


None


As you can see above, there really isn't anything too revolutionary in the specs. All the technology onboard uses established standards which makes buying components for this board very affordable. This is a very enticing proposition considering that you can put the money saved towards a Socket 939 CPU and the adapter further down the road.

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