ASRock

ASUS' low cost spinoff, ASRock, has done quite well since its introduction to the already saturated motherboard market. ASRock's designs continue to be extremely cost effective all while carrying ASUS' usual quality of engineering. First up from ASRock is a Conroe 975X motherboard:

ASRock is working on a Broadwater board for Conroe as well, but in order to avoid competing directly with ASUS the Broadwater solution is being held back for the time being.

The ASRock 975X Conroe solution has an on-board SPDIF header that can be connected to a HDMI equipped video card (an ASUS solution is pictured above) to allow for digital audio passthrough over HDMI.

ASRock also showed us its new nForce 6150 based Socket-AM2 motherboard built in a micro-ATX form factor:

Remember ASRock's upgradable motherboard that allowed you to simply purchase a new CPU card and switch between sockets 754 and 939? ASRock showed us its new Socket-AM2 card for the Upgrade series motherboard:

The AM2 card should be available almost immediately and priced as low as $40 - $50, however ASRock isn't sure if vendors will mark the card up even more due to its relatively low volume.

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  • mindless1 - Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - link

    Nice coverage. These new toys leave me drooling. Now off I go to find a smallish nuclear reactor to power everything. LOL. Reply
  • sri2000 - Friday, June 9, 2006 - link

    You just need to get yourself a "Mr. Fusion" and you'll be all set.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Fusion">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Fusion
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  • bespoke - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    Too bad the new DFI boards still have that hideous fan on the NF chipset - that little bugger runs at 4,000 to 5,000 and is terribly loud.

    I can't wait to upgrade to Conroe, ditch NF4 and get back to a quiet (yet nicely performing) PC.
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  • Griswold - Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - link

    Duh.. newsflash, there are also NF4 boards without fans - just not from DFI. What really sucks about the fan on the DFI board is, that it breaks after 3 months and you end up replacing it with a better fan. Reply
  • Stele - Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - link

    quote:

    there are also NF4 boards without fans - just not from DFI

    Although that's not much of a use if you're aiming to get a DFI board - which I think is where he was coming from. :)

    For one reason or another DFI does not seem to be interested, or at least eager, to implement more/more effective passive cooling solutions on their products. Besides the lack of noise, passive cooling's greatest advantage is the fact that it doesn't have moving parts that are prone to failure like fans... as you found out.

    At least they did take a unique step in implementing a digital integrated VR design on their board... its remarkable compactness and 'clean' layout without large electrolytic capacitors makes it really worth looking at for motherboard power circuits. Can't wait till more details of their implementation and tests thereof surface.
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  • R3MF - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    was the ECS miniITX A64 motherboard with an nForce chipset.

    i would love to see a AM2 MCP61-S variant with two dimm slots and PCI-E 16x card!
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  • bldckstark - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    Dual redundant power supplies in the Asus 1U server would seem to indicate that there are three or four power supplies housed within, but I believe the actuality is that there are only two right? Redundant means secondary as I understand it. Dual redundant means two secondaries. Therefore dual redundant PS's include a backup power supply and then a backup of the backup power supply. Which is it? Are there 2 or 3 power supplies in that thing? Reply
  • hoppa - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    God I am so sick of hearing about x new card that is "even better than" the already $500 dual x1950.9 XFIRE XLI+ v2.0 Z

    I miss the days when those cards, the best cards, maxed at $300, the awesome stuff was at $200, and you could do quite well for $150. Now $150 is a joke.
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  • One43637 - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    is it just me or does the GB motherboard offerings remind you of the Asus motherboards (A8N32 & P5N32) that were released last year... Reply
  • Griswold - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    High time the dorks at Nvidia and ATI start working on the power saving front. At least they seemm to have that in mind for the follow-up generations... This only means that R600 and G80 wont make it into my computer until the following cards reduce the power envelope by quite a bit.

    *shakes fist*
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