ASRock ION330 Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

04-18-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The ASRock A330ION motherboard is interesting in many respects. The first is that the system supports an external graphics card via a PCI Express 2.0 x 16 slots. That means if you want to use a Radeon HD 5870 video card you can, depending on the size of the case you install this motherboard into. The second point is that it supports RAID 0, 1 among four SATA drives meaning multi-terabyte RAID arrays a possibility. The motherboard has support for DDR3 memory, another difference versus the Intel platform which does not yet support it. For the HTPC user this is a good solution as it offers HDMI, DVI-D and D-Sub connections and has the ability to play back BD without losing frames due to not enough power. It also has the full allotment of audio jacks and a powerful audio solution in the form of the Via VT2020 and support for Creative Labís X-Fi MB solution allowing EAX 4.0 to be used on onboard sound.