Asrock ALiveDual-eSATA2 has PCI Express and AGP

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 20 2007 @ 00:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Asrock has unveiled a quite odd motherboard for Socket AM2 processors. Their new ALiveDual-eSATA2 motherboard for AMD Phenom X2 and X4 processors has PCI Express x16 support but also features an old AGP 8x slot:
Both PCI Express x16 and AGP 8X slots design have always been one of the favorite designs for end-users, and ASRock realized their needs. With PCI Express x16 and AGP 8X slots both designed, users may utilize whatever graphics cards they got on their hands. This Dual VGA combination of ALiveDual-eSATA2 is interesting because users may test both cards on their systems to find out the optimal configurations for best performance.
The motherboard uses the NVIDIA M1695 and nForce3 250 chipsets and features DDR2 memory support, Gigabit LAN, 2 Serial ATA ports, 2 Serial ATA II ports, RAID 0, 1 and JBOD, 1 eSATAII port, HDMI SPDIF, ...

Here are the full specifications:

  • Socket AM2 for AMD Phenom X4 / X2, Athlon 64FX / 64X2 / X2 / 64 and Sempron processors
  • NVIDIA M1695 Chipset
  • NVIDIA nForce3 250 Chipset
  • FSB 1000 MHz (2.0 GT/s), Hyper-Transport Technology and AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
  • Supports AMD LIVE! Technology
  • Supports Dual Channel DDRII800/667/533, 4 x DIMM slots, with max. capacity up to 8GB
  • Untied Overclocking : During Overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed AGP/PCIE/ PCI Buses
  • Hybrid Booster - Safe Overclocking Technology
  • ASRock AM2 Boost: ASRock Patented Technology to boost memory performance up to 12.5%
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
  • 1 x AGP 8X slot
  • Supports PCIE Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
  • 2 x Serial ATA 1.5 Gb/s connectors by NVIDIA nForce3 250, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD) and "Hot Plug" functions
  • 2 x Serial ATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors by JMicron JMB363 (PCIE x1 interface), support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
  • 1 x eSATAII 3.0 Gb/s connector (shared with 1 SATAII port), supports NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
  • HDMI_SPDIF header, providing SPDIF audio output to HDMI VGA card, allows the system to connect HDMI Digital TV/projector/LCD devices.
  • 1 x WiFi header
  • 7.1 CH Windows Vista Premium Level Superior Audio (C-Media CM6501 Audio Codec with UAA architecture)
  • Supports all features in Windows Vista Premium
  • Supports Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • ASRock 8CH_eSATAII I/O Plus: 1 eSATAII port, 4 ready-to-use USB ports


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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