ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review :: Features

03-03-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun
  • 4 Double Spaced PCI Express 2.0 slots
  • Intel Socket 1366 Core i7 Process Extreme Edition Core i7 Processor supports Intel Dynamic Speed Technology
  • QPI Up to 6.4GT/second
  • ASRock DuracAP (2.5x longer life time)
  • Intel X58+ICH10R Chipsets
  • Supports Triple Channel DDR3 2000 (OC)/1866 (OC)/1600 (OC)/1333 (OC)/1066
  • Supports DDR3 ECC buffered memory with Intel Workstation 1S Xeon Processors 3500 series
  • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile
  • Supports ATI CrossfireX, Quad CrossfireX
  • Supports NVIDIA Quad SLI, 3-way SLI and SLI
  • Supports NVIDIA Tesla Personal Supercomputer with three Tesla and one Quadro graphics card
  • Dual GLAN with Teaming function
  • Supports ASRock Instant Boot


ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review

Part Number X58 SuperComputer
Manufacturer ASRock
Chipset Intel X58
North Bridge Intel X58
Socket LGA1366 Socket
Processor Types Core i7
Number of CPUs 1
QPI Up to 6.4GT/second
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Channels Triple
Maximum Memory 24GB
External Graphics PCI Express x16 x4
IGP None
South Bridge ICH10R
Audio 8-channel
IDE 133/100/66
SCSI None
SATA 3.0 GB/s
RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10
LAN 10/100/1000 4 LAN Ports
Firewire IEEE 1394a
USB USB 2.0
BIOS AMIBIOS
Form Factor ATX

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review

The name SuperComputer comes from the ability of this board to have up to three NVIDIA Tesla video cards installed at the same time along with a Quadro card to handle the display output. NVIDIA has a single configuration of Tesla card, the C1060. This card has 240 processing cores, 4GB of GDDR3 memory and 933GFLOP/s of processor power. The card is limited to Windows XP and Linux and as the card does not have external connectors requires another solution like the Quadro video card to provide video.


ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review Features

Features

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review SLI

SLI


The idea of turning a mainstream motherboard into a workstation board is not a new one. ASRock adds support for the upcoming Intel Xeon 3500 series CPUs on this motherboard. The new Xeon processors are based upon the same Newhalem core as the Core i7 CPUs and should work with other X58 motherboards as well. The X58 Supercomputer also supports the Core i7 CPUs and the maximum QPI of 6.4GT/second. The memory controller has been moved to the CPU from the Southbridge matching AMD's move years ago.

The ASRock X58 SuperComputer board supports both ECC and non-ECC DDR3 memory. Unoverclocked the board supports the standard DDR3-1066MHz that the CPU supports. The memory can be rated as high as 2000MHz when overclocking. The ASRock board supports Intel's Extreme Memory Profiles, which is similar to NVIDIA's SLI-Ready Enhanced Performance Profile (EPP) memory. XMP works by encoding overclocking profiles into the SPD. Almost all of the motherboards based upon the X58 chipset use All-Japan made transistors. All-Japanese transistors are higher quality, longer lasting (up to 2.5x over others). ASRock brands their Japanese capacitors DuraCap and they are 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors.

The big push for the X58 chipset besides the new processors, Triple Channel Memory and the memory controller being on the CPU is the ability of the motherboard to do triple card SLI as well as Crossfire without the use of a bridge chip ala the nForce 200 that the earlier motherboard chipsets required. SLI is NVIDIA's multiple-GPU solution and Crossfire is AMD's multi-GPU solution. The ASRock X58 SuperComputer motherboard has four PCI Express x16 slots. This allows four ATI Radeon video cards or four NVIDIA cards to be installed at the same time. NVIDIA cards are currently limited to Tri-SLI but with the innovation of Tesla cards, you can install three of them plus a Quadro card to have a SuperComputer with 3 TeraFLOPs of computing power on a mainstream motherboard.