Many cited that the P31 is a water-down version of P35; officially supporting 1066FSB and DDR2 rather than 1333FSB and DDR3. ASRock
has been cleverly tweaking 945 and 965 chipsets to 1333FSB, and done so with P31. It has 4 less USB and 2 less SATA ports than the P965 provides, and ICH 7 instead of ICH8 found in P965. So, on paper the 4Core 1333-eSATA2 is not much better than the 4Core1333-Viiv Intel P965
When the price is right adding eSATA, Firewire and Raid, it does provide consumers the choice of another full feature low cost Quad Core ready board.
Let's find out how the P31 will stand up against ASRock's own P965 board.
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