The recent launch of the Core i5 CPUs with integrated graphics built right on the CPU core has brought mainstream computing back to the forefront. While the graphics core is not really any better than existing solutions from AMD and NVIDIA in terms of performance, the graphics chip is part of the CPU, meaning that many system builders will not need to have add-in cards installed to sell complete systems.
ASRock is a spin-off of ASUS from many years ago. They are known as a manufacturer of innovative different motherboards. They have released motherboards with AGP slots as well as PCI Express x16 slots; they have released motherboards with upgrade slots for the AMD Socket 939 CPU on a Socket 754 platform. Today they have moved away from the building of crazy motherboard designs into building a series of solid mainstream motherboards. Todayís review is on the H55DE3 motherboard from ASRock.