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ASRock X58 Extreme3

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Posted August 18, 2010 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards

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Introduction

It seems that Intel’s focus of late has been the LGA1156 platform, and specifically the P55 chipset. There are a huge number of motherboards on the market to serve this segment, and it’s proven to be a popular platform. But the LGA1366 big brother doesn’t seem to be getting quite as much love these days, which doesn’t seem quite fair in a way really. The Core i7 platform is a performance monster, but it does bring a heftier price tag for the cost of entry as well.

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons we don’t see many new X58 motherboards these days. But that hasn’t stopped ASRock from pushing things. As we’ve seen, ASRock typically offers very good value for performance motherboard solutions, which can be very attractive to enthusiasts on a more modest budget. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that a cheaper price tag results in a compromise in features or quality.

The ASRock X58 Extreme3 motherboard looks to be one such product that offers performance and value in a quality package to consumers. It has SATA 3, USB 3.0, and some handy enthusiast tidbits that should interest those who want a strong overall board but don’t have a hefty budget to spend.

Let’s take at a closer look at some of these features and see if the Extreme3 can successfully continue to improve the Intel LGA1366 platform and offer good value for consumers.

"ASRock, established in 2002, target at entry to mainstream segment MB business, is an energetic company with the combination of technology and humanity. Devoting efforts to bring customers the innovative and reliable motherboards with the design concept of 3C, “Creative, Considerate, Cost-effective”, ASRock has successfully established a well-known leading brand of the best price-performance motherboard in the industry. ASRock products’ high recognition stems from company?s devotion to bring the most cost-performance products to users."

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