But as the motherboard would stubbornly set our memory to DDR, increasing memory frequency to DDR yielded better results. Would you buy this? It should be noted that the cables may not be included into the bundle we had no such cables in our bundle , they are mentioned as optional components in the manual. Overclocking In order to evaluate the motherboard and its BIOS, we overclock our testbed processor to a maximum stable level. View our privacy policy before signing up.

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Otherwise, we analyze their efficiency as well. The chipset does not grow very hot. I need power and lots of it. We only had to install our graphics card driver in order to get our system fully functional. This program also detects an additional sensor installed in a less hot part of the motherboard it can be used to monitor temperature inside a PC case. In 3DMark06, the GT-based card scoredwhich indicates reliability.

However, most motherboards in this price segment do not have eSATA ports at all. It’s a balanced choice for an inexpensive motherboard. Unfortunately, only 4-pin fans can be controlled. As far as the temperature remains below the threshold, the cooler runs at a constant speed high, average, or minimal, depending on the asrodk frequency.

But on the other hand, the bundle has a bracket for another two ports, and the total number of ports supported by the motherboard reaches 10 owing to SB Southbridge. The motherboard does not allow to increase CPU voltage.


ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket AM2 – X CrossFire Overview – CNET

That’s why we alivexfire-esatta2 to pay close attention to the offer from ASRock. Consider aivexfire-esata2 board only if you’re on a tight budget and if you’re not going to be using a lot of expansion cards and USB devices. Would you buy this? Even though this board is inexpensive and has two eSATA ports, it’s still quite limited. As for the rest of the board’s layout, we didn’t have any problems installing our CPU or memory, there was adequate clearance around these slots, and the pin power connector is located in a position that allows a pin power cable to be installed.

Please cipset JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. The automatic overclocking mode works only when you set all parameters by default including memory frequency and timings.

ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2

To all appearances, this mode significantly increases all latencies. Support for the external SATA interface, even if not quite elegant, also seems like a good point for this model, if you are thinking about an external hard drive with the most progressive connection method.

Memory is set to the standard frequency for a given memory module multiplier correctionif a manufacturer does not publish any ways to improve memory overclocking. Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: There are more chances that you will decide to add a much cheaper second video card identical to what you already have in your system than that you will use all 6—8 SATA ports and a couple of gigabit network adapters, typical of expensive motherboards.


There are just two USB ports on the rear panel — not much for these days. The PCB layout is rather tight.

You can enable an enhanced compatibility mode in BIOS, which can provide operating stability, if your memory modules are not quite supported by the motherboard. Conclusions You will definitely like this motherboard, if you want an inexpensive CrossFire system. The PCB has no empty seats – it’s the only motherboard on this chipset in the line of ASRock products, so it has a unique design. Noise level, dB A: We had to reset CMOS with a jumper.

ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2 Motherboard Preview

This is good news for newer power supplies as it means you won’t have to purchase a pin adapter cable. BioShock Infinite and Metro: We use all features of the motherboard in this test, including raising CPU voltage and adjusting multipliers and frequencies of system and peripheral buses, if necessary but if, for example, reducing Hyper-Transport frequency does not improve overclocking, we leave dhipset default multiplier.

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