Intel's X58 chipset has been a wide success among the early adopters of the Core i7 platform. As they are the only provider of chipsets for the Newhalem CPUs this comes as no surprise. The Core i7 offers improved performance, more features and the memory controller moved to the CPU instead of the chipset over the previous generation CPUs. Every major motherboard manufacturer has released boards on this chipset.
ASRock is a company best known for producing unique motherboards with features like DDR2 and DDR3 on the same board, support for Crossfire and SLI on the same non-X58 board, and many other features that other companies don't offer on their motherboards. Established in 2002, ASRock targets the mainstream segment with the design concept of 3C: Creative, Considerate and Cost-effective. Their products have been relegated to the inexpensive portion of the market for the most part. Today I'm reviewing the ASRock X58 SuperComputer motherboard.