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Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more. Nothing was restored in our case even after a forced reboot or power-off-and-back-on. Video 3Digests Video cards: However, Northbridge heatsink is installed so that a CPU cooler can contribute to its cooling. The board already suffers from a shortage of fixed USB 2. Noise level, dB A:

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View our privacy policy before signing up. Proprietary technologies and peculiarities AM2 Boost — this mode automatically raises frequencies and reduces timings, it’s declared to increase memory performance by What’s also important, the cards are quite competitive and popular in their segments. The automatic overclocking mode works chipsset when you set all parameters by default including memory frequency and timings.

The board already suffers from a shortage of fixed USB 2.

ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket AM2 – 480X CrossFire

Only overclockers will most likely be displeased and prefer a different model with a higher overclocking potential. To all appearances, this mode significantly increases all latencies. As overclocking potential is an individual property of a given motherboard sample to some degree, we don’t set the task to determine overclocking potential to within a single MHz.

Consider this board only if you’re on a tight budget and if you’re not going to be using a lot aoivexfire-esata2 expansion cards and USB devices. Noise level, dB A: The PCB layout is rather tight.


It’s a balanced choice for an inexpensive motherboard. The motherboard offers quite a narrow memory voltage adjustment range. As usual, we recommend that you should not neglect this opportunity, especially if you are an overclocker. It should be noted that the cables may not be included into the bundle we had no such cables in our bundlethey are mentioned as optional components in the manual.

You can enable an enhanced compatibility mode in BIOS, which can provide operating stability, if your memory modules are not quite supported by the motherboard.

ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2 Motherboard Preview

However, most motherboards in this price segment do not have eSATA ports at all. We only had to install our graphics card driver in order to get our system fully functional. Dmitry Laptev lpt ixbt. They do not work by default, they must be connected to a couple of standard SATA connectors with long cables that go through the entire motherboard.

Video 3Digests Video cards: The mentioned BIOS parameters are available in this version, but the chipest of non-standard settings hasn’t been tested. In WorldBench 6, the board recorded a score of 78, which is exactly what we were expecting, while 53min worth of WAV files took 1min 48sec to encode using Cdex. We didn’t even have to use the supplied driver CD as Vista detected all of the hardware components and installed them automatically.


This indicates that the board isn’t holding back the CPU at all. This needs to chipse done so that a single graphics card can run in PCIe x16 mode. However, this reasoning is spoilt by the fact that there are much fewer inexpensive motherboards for Socket AM2 supporting CrossFire than models for SLI. Overclocking In order to evaluate the motherboard and its BIOS, we overclock our testbed processor to a maximum stable level.

Even though this board is inexpensive alivexfire-wsata2 has two eSATA ports, it’s still quite limited.

ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2 Review: – PC Components – Motherboards – PC World Australia

At least for a gaming computer. We had to reset CMOS with a jumper. BioShock Infinite and Metro: Performance dropped much in our tests, so we do not recommend using this mode, if you don’t really have to.

Conclusions You will definitely like this motherboard, if you want an inexpensive Asrpck system. Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method. So you shouldn’t use it with modules requiring increased voltage modules for overclockersespecially as it makes no sense – the motherboard is not good at overclocking.