ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review :: Bundle

03-03-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun
  • 2x ASRock XFire Bridge 3S Cards
  • 1x ASRock SLI Bridge
  • 1x ASRock SLI Bridge 3S Card
  • 1x ASRock 3-Way SLI Bridge card
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Support CD
  • IO Shield
  • Floppy/ATA 133 Cables
  • 6x SATA Data cables
  • 2x SATA 1 to 1 Power cables
  • ASRock OC Tuner
  • Intelligent Energy Saver
  • Instant Boot
  • Hybrid Booster
  • CPU Frequency Stepless Control
  • ASRock U-COP

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review Box

Box

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review Rear of box

Rear of box

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review Box flap open

Box flap open

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review Bundle

Bundle


ASRock included everything you could possibly need in the motherboard bundle with one small exception. There was no optional fan for the Northbridge heatsink. ASRock used the standard motherboard box with the name of the board, the CPU supported and Operating system supported logos on the front. Also on the front are the main features of the motherboard. The rear of the box has a detailed feature description list.

Upon opening the box, a cardboard cover with the accessories and Manual covers the motherboard itself. Note, the inclusion of six bridges for multiple graphics cards, including two bridges for the SLI, a long bridge for SLI, a 3-way SLI bridge, and two Crossfire cables. This is the most comprehensive bridge collection I've ever seen on a motherboard bundle. Another nice addition is the inclusion of six SATA Data and two Power cables.


ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review Driver install

Driver install

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review Utility install

Utility install


The Driver CD came with the included drivers. There is no Install all buttons, but it is easy to install each driver one by one. The utilities included on the Driver CD include McAfee's VirusScan in English, Simplified Chinese and other languages, ASRock's OC Tuner, ASRock's Intelligent Energy Saver utility and the ASRock Instant Boot utility.


ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review Instant Boot

Instant Boot

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review ASRock OC Tuner

ASRock OC Tuner

ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review IES

IES


Instant Boot is a utility that uses the ACPI of Windows for sleep and Hibernate modes to put the computer into suspended animation to Power down the computer. When the computer is turned off it automatically reboots the computer and shuts it off. Turning on the computer again only takes a few seconds versus almost a minute on other motherboards. It took the motherboard 5.4seconds to turn on into Windows in Fast mode versus about 55 seconds with normal startup speeds. ASRock OC Tuner allows you to overclock the processor, the PCIe, the voltages and even change the CPU ratio in Windows. The last major application is ASRock's Intelligent Energy Saver application which is similar in concept to other energy saving applications from other manufacturers.