Sign in with LinkedIn Sign in with Facebook. There are just two USB ports on the rear panel — not much for these days. Unfortunately, only 4-pin fans can be controlled. To all appearances, this mode significantly increases all latencies. Support for the external SATA interface, even if not quite elegant, also seems like a good point for this model, if you are thinking about an external hard drive with the most progressive connection method.

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Conclusions You will definitely like this motherboard, if you want an inexpensive CrossFire system. There are more chances that you will decide to add a much cheaper second video card identical to what you already have in your system than that alivdxfire-esata2 will use all 6—8 SATA ports and a couple of gigabit network adapters, typical of expensive motherboards.

To all appearances, this mode significantly increases all latencies.

This program also detects an additional sensor installed in a less hot part of the motherboard it can be used to monitor temperature inside a PC case. The PCB has no empty seats – it’s the only motherboard on this chipset in the line of ASRock products, so it has a unique design. Consider this board only if you’re on a tight budget and if you’re not going to be using a lot of expansion cards and USB devices.

Fastidious users may grumble about the location of the floppy connector in the very bottom as well as about the way eSATA ports are connected. However, Northbridge heatsink is installed so that a CPU cooler can contribute to its cooling.


That’s why we decided to pay close attention to the offer from ASRock. Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: But as the motherboard would stubbornly set our memory to DDR, increasing memory frequency to DDR yielded better results.

ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2 Motherboard Preview

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. Memory is set to the standard frequency for a given memory module multiplier correctionif a manufacturer does not publish any ways to improve memory overclocking. Alivexfire-edata2 3Digests Video cards: CrossFire has already become no less popular than SLI. 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.

Dynamic range, dB A: However, most motherboards in this alivezfire-esata2 segment do not have eSATA ports at all.

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 Alivexfire-esaat2. The board’s layout is a little perplexing. The mentioned BIOS parameters are available in this version, but the viability of non-standard settings hasn’t been tested.

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

Chpset needs to be done so that a single graphics card can run in PCIe x16 mode. Only overclockers will most likely be displeased and prefer a different model with a higher overclocking potential. PCIe x16 mode is necessary if you want to reap the performance benefits of high resolution and high detail games, using a single high-end graphics card, but either slot will run a graphics card just fine in x8 mode. Besides, we have gripes with the function that rolls back to default BIOS settings, when your system freezes.


But on the other hand, the bundle has a bracket for another two ports, and the total number of ports supported by the motherboard reaches 10 owing to SB Southbridge.

ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket AM2 – X CrossFire Overview – CNET

BioShock Infinite and Metro: Dmitry Laptev lpt ixbt. In practice, we are to find out whether CPU overclocking will be limited by a motherboard as well as to evaluate its behavior in non-standard modes, including automatic restoration of a correct frequency after a failed overclocking attempt, etc. Overclocking In order to evaluate the motherboard and its Alivwxfire-esata2, we overclock our testbed processor to a maximum stable level.

We had to reset CMOS with a jumper. This indicates that the board isn’t holding back the Cbipset at all.

The chipset does not grow very hot. Would you buy this?

It’s a balanced choice for an inexpensive motherboard. We only had to install our alivexfiee-esata2 card driver in order to get our system fully functional. Unfortunately, only 4-pin fans can be controlled.