ASRock is a company that does not chase after the PC hardcore users who always try to get the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. It focuses on products that were main-stream last year or last quarter, or it offers product that bridges the old and new. The popularity of Intel C2D and the introduction of 45nm; ASRock is stepping up the process of product introduction. 4Core 1600 P35 WiFi+ with overclocking features including DDR2/DDR3 surprises a few of us. Full featured with Firewire, Cross-Fire, WiFi and the traditional parallel port and eSATA, plus the support of the upcoming to Intel Penryn, and Wolfdale.
Accordingly, this board will go as high as 579Mhz; 550Mhz at BIOS level and the remaining from ASRock OC Tuner Windows software. This is also the first board from ASRock utilizing all solid capacitors. Two pairs of DDR2 and one pair of DDR3 provision will make certain an easy upgrade when DDR3 price drops down the road.Features:
How about the first 24-pin main connector and 6-pin power connector are finally showing up? Wow, this must be a new ASRock.
The combination of Intel P35 and ICH9R should not be strangers to most of us by now, as the combo has been around found in many Intel Boards of late. Having said that, I would skip the introduction to save both of our time. In traditional ASRock product format, passive heatsink on both North & Southbridge is the only offer; no fan, no heatpipe or any fancy "bling" arrangement.
The review sample WiFi +AP includes, of course, the WiFi expansion board and the + includes Firewire. Otherwise, you don't get FireWire.