ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 Motherboard Review :: Introduction

02-21-2007 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The motherboard market has been dominated by Intel-based CPU chipsets for many years as Intel has consistently bundled quality chipsets with their CPUs and sold them as a complete computing package. This is why Intel has the lion's share of the graphics card market without selling a single graphics card, because a motherboard manufacturer can buy an Intel based motherboard with integrated graphics and an Intel CPU getting a discount for the bundle.

ASRock is a subsidiary of ASUS Computer Incorporated founded in 2002. Known primarily as a low-cost motherboard manufacturer of value parts in the beginning, ASRock has differentiated itself from the competition by supporting multiple CPU types on the same motherboard with an adapter (Socket 478+Socket 775 or Socket 939+Socket 740) or other features that the competition does not have, including an AGI graphics slot that gives their motherboards the ability to install both an AGP and a PCI Express video card on the same motherboard.

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The 945PL chipset was introduced by Intel as the mainstream companion to the 955X chipset a couple of years ago. The chipset has been superseded by the 965P chipset, but is still available for motherboard manufacturers to use in a board if they so desire. ASRock decided to use the 945PL chipset for the 775XFire-eSATA2 board which is the board on the test bench today. This board is getting a bit dated, but still offers good features and a very moderate price.