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Old 4th May 2010, 10:32   #1
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Default ASRock 890GX Extreme3 Motherboard Review

Knowing ASrock as a company that usually pumps out zillions of colourfull entry level boards, sometimes innovating by integrating older technology like eg AGP slots onto new platforms, makes them stand out from the crowd. Sadly when you mention ASrock, most immediately are thinking about cheap hardware, correlating it with poor build quality and durability, lack of features...

Well let me tell you this 890GX board is absolutely bullet proof. I had zero issues with it during weeks of bashing. It even survived several short LN2 sessions and a 5 hour marathon one at the AOCM OC party in Mindfeld!

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This isn't a budget motherboard anymore, seems like High end to me.

Great work LH, great to read.
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At $150 it's indeed no budget bord anymore. Strange that Asus releases a board like this using a budget brand.

@Leeghoofd: there's no picture of the board in the review, only close ups
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he uploaded it but didn't use it, here it is:



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At $150 it's indeed no budget bord anymore. Strange that Asus releases a board like this using a budget brand.
where do you see that price? it's <€100 !
http://www.google.de/products?q=ASRo...rd&scori ng=p
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Thx for the comment guys ( my fan club ) it retails around 100-110 euro's , all the other 890GX board are at least 10% more expensive and some look cheaper...

This is a good solid board, I hope I can keep this sample for my 24/7 rig
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$150 is about €115.
€115 is still very cheap considering what you get for it. If I would have needed an upgrade atm I'd have probably bought this board

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Many people confuse Asrock with a budget brand, but in the last couple of months they've been focussing more on high-end, high-quality products. Okay, it's still no Asus, MSI or Gigabyte, but the potential is there.

Also note that a small company as Asrock tends to focus on the platforms that sell en masse. X58 may be the top of the performance segment, sales are not huge and for a small company it means loss instead of gain.
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Many people confuse Asrock with a budget brand, but in the last couple of months they've been focussing more on high-end, high-quality products. Okay, it's still no Asus, MSI or Gigabyte, but the potential is there.

Also note that a small company as Asrock tends to focus on the platforms that sell en masse. X58 may be the top of the performance segment, sales are not huge and for a small company it means loss instead of gain.
Asrock started as Asus' budget brand, selling simplistic and cheap motherboards without all the extras. So it's no surprise people still see Asrock as a budget brand (tough boards like this can make a difference).
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