The board already suffers from a shortage of fixed USB 2. It should be noted that the cables may not be included into the bundle we had no such cables in our bundle , they are mentioned as optional components in the manual. As for the rest of the board’s layout, we didn’t have any problems installing our CPU or memory, there was adequate clearance around these slots, and the pin power connector is located in a position that allows a pin power cable to be installed. Noise level, dB A: This needs to be done so that a single graphics card can run in PCIe x16 mode. Unfortunately, only 4-pin fans can be controlled.

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Video 3Digests Video cards: 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. Neither increasing chipset voltage nor reducing HT bus multiplier improved overclocking.

However, most motherboards in this price segment do not have eSATA ports at all. However, Northbridge heatsink is installed so that a CPU cooler can contribute to its cooling.

There are just two USB ports on the rear panel — not much for these days. This indicates that the alivexfrie-esata2 isn’t holding back the CPU at all. CrossFire has already become no less popular than SLI.

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. The board already suffers from a shortage of fixed USB 2. 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. At least for chipsset gaming computer.


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

The motherboard is praiseworthy in terms of integrated audio. We only had to install our graphics card driver in order to get our system fully functional. 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.

Sign in with LinkedIn Sign in with Facebook. Besides, we have gripes with the function that rolls alvexfire-esata2 to default BIOS settings, when your system freezes.

However, this reasoning is spoilt by the fact that there are much fewer inexpensive motherboards for Socket AM2 supporting CrossFire than models for SLI. BioShock Infinite and Metro: Noise level, dB A: Nothing was restored in our case even after a forced reboot or power-off-and-back-on. Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: 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.

ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2 Bios Driver – TechSpot

Would you buy this? You can enable an enhanced compatibility mode in BIOS, which can provide operating stability, if your aljvexfire-esata2 modules are not quite supported by the motherboard. As usual, we recommend that you should not neglect this opportunity, especially if you are an overclocker. Even though this board is inexpensive and has two eSATA ports, it’s still quite limited.


The PCB layout is rather tight.

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

The mentioned BIOS parameters are available in this version, but the viability of non-standard settings hasn’t been tested. Proprietary technologies and peculiarities AM2 Boost — this mode automatically raises frequencies and reduces timings, it’s declared to increase memory performance by 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.

But as the motherboard would stubbornly set our memory to DDR, increasing memory frequency to DDR yielded better results. When the temperature grows above the threshold — fan speed gradually grows to maximum or until the temperature stops growing.

To all appearances, this mode significantly increases all latencies. There are more chances that you will alivexfire-edata2 to add a much cheaper second video card identical to what you already have in your system than that you will use all 6—8 SATA ports and a couple of gigabit network adapters, typical alivexfire-esats2 expensive motherboards. 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.