ASRock 870 Extreme3
Released April, 2010
The Pros:Flexible design can be used for a basic media PC or a gaming rig. Can unlock multiple cores on multi-core CPUs. Runs very stable for months at a time, even at overclocked speeds.
The Cons:In Crossfire mode the PCI-E x16 slots work in 8x8 mode, slight bottleneck. Need a video card to connect a monitor, lacks any on-board video.
The ASRock 870 Extreme3 is a high-end motherboard. It is designed to be the base of all components of a PC. It features ASRock UCC technology, ASRock Instant Boot technology, and compatibility with ATI Quad CrossFireX.
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The ASRock UCC technology optimizes CPU performance, giving a large boost in speed to any CPU plugged in. The 870 Extreme3 uses ASRock Instant Boot technology allows for a fast boot up time once the PC is built and the operating system installed. It also helps save energy, making the user's PC more "green". The ATI Quad CrossFireX technology allows a user to plug in up to four ATI graphics cards in order to enhance the visual aspects of the motherboard, allowing smooth playback of HD media. When compared to another ASRock motherboard, the 790GX Pro, the 870 Extreme3 has some superior aspects, including Turbo UCC technology, and a Power Phase design for the CPU socket.
- ASRock UCC technology
- ASRock Instant Boot technology
- ATI Quad CrossFireX support
- Turbo UCC technology
- AM3 socket
- Support for AMD Phenom II/Athlon II/Sempron CPU lines
- Four DIMM slots
- Support for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM
- Six USB 2.0 ports
- One HDMI port
User Reviews (3)
flexible design can be used for a basic media PC or a gaming rig
can unlock multiple cores on multi-core CPUs
runs very stable for months at a time, even at overclocked speeds
overclocking is mostly automated and can be handled in just one click
nice high-end features included such as SATA3 and USB 3 support
in Crossfire mode the PCI-E x16 slots work in 8x8 mode, slight bottleneck
need a video card to connect a monitor, lacks any on-board video
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