|ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+ Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Bruce Normann - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 11 March 2009|
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Everybody knows that if you're number 2, you try harder, What if you're number 3 or number 4, what do you do then? You look for the Golden Opportunities to prove to the world that you have first class products. If you can deliver a class-leading product during a technology shift or market expansion, you can gain new customers. ASRock did just that during the rise of the Core2Duo era, when overclocking nearly became a household word. ASRock built a stellar reputation with LGA775 motherboards that survived (and thrived) at the high Front Side Bus clock speeds that were required to get those Intel CPUs singing soprano.
ASRock has a new opportunity for market expansion, with the release of the AMD Phenom II CPUs; they once again have a chance to show the world that their products are second to none in supporting the latest and greatest CPUs, with an eye towards the enthusiast market. Just as in the Core2Duo era, value is a significant factor. The Intel E21x0 CPUs cannibalized the sales of faster more expensive processors, as long as you had an enthusiast-class motherboard that could run up the FSB clock. With the new Phenom II chips, value is once again the word of the day. Although you need a more sophisticated approach to overclock AMD CPUs, there are certainly some brand new reasons to start looking at AMD-based motherboards again.
The new ASRock AOD790GX/128M motherboard uses all the latest support chips from AMD: the 790 series Northbridge and the SB750 Southbridge. In this case, the 790GX version is supplied, providing integrated graphics processing with an ATI 3300 GPU inside the Northbridge. We'll look at this chipset in more detail later, as it is part of AMD's "Dragon" Platform, launched this year.
About ASRock Inc.
ASRock Inc., established in 2002, target at entry to mainstream segment MB business, is an energetic company with the combination of technology and humanity. Devoting efforts to bring customers the innovative and reliable motherboards with the design concept of 3C, "Creative, Considerate, Cost-effective", ASRock has successfully established a well-known leading brand of the best price-performance motherboard in the industry. ASRock products' high recognition stems from company's devotion to bring the most cost-performance products to users.
Besides creative features and solid products, ASRock engineers also pay special attention to EMI, thermal, acoustics and details to achieve complete customer satisfaction. In addition to price-performance, creative and considerate features, ASRock also pay special on the issue of eco-environmental protection with the released of ROHS products and energy saving functions to save the environment.
To succeed in this ultra-competitive industry, ASRock provides great products with speed-to-market, cost and service to customers. Facing the constantly changing technologies of motherboard, ASRock will always keep the vision of the future and develop future-proof products upon our 3C design concept to our customers.
It is the commitment to our customers and products, like the spirit presented in our maxim: "Motherboard, We Master It!"
More information about ASRock is available by visiting their website, http://www.asrock.com/