ASRock N68-S UCC
Released February, 2010
The Pros:Plug-and-play compatibility right out of box, no need for reinstalls. Reasonable overclocking capabilities (+/- 0.5Ghz) for this price range. Overclocking options in the menu are intuitive and give good control over fans and cooling.
The Cons:Fans are louder than average, especially during startup. Not very stable with core unlocking. Incompatible with processors using over 95w.
The ASRock N68-S UCC is a microATX, NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset-based motherboard very similar to the ASRock N68-GS UCC. The N68-S UCC lacks one major feature that the N68-GS UCC boasts: Gigabit Ethernet (instead sporting 10/100 Ethernet).
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Otherwise, the two motherboards are identical as both feature: an AM2/AM2+/AM3 compatible CPU socket, support for up to 8GB of RAM and Unlock CPU Core technology.
The N68-S UCC's AM2/AM2+/AM3 compatible CPU socket boasts support for AMD Phenom FX, Phenom, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core, Athlon X2 Dual-Core, Athlon 64 and Sempron processors as well as multi-core Phenom II and Athlon II processors. Its dual DIMM slots provide the N68-S UCC with support for up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR2 RAM with data transfer rates of 1066, 800, 667 and 533MHz. Additionally, the N68-S UCC's Unlock CPU Core technology provides greater CPU performance by unlocking unused processing potential, effectively allowing dual-core CPUs to behave like quad-cores and quad-cores to behave as though they were hexa-core processors.
- AM2/AM2+/AM3 CPU socket provides support for AMD Phenom FX, Phenom, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core, Athlon X2 Dual-Core, Athlon 64, Sempron, Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2, Athlon II X4/X3/X2 processors
- Supports a max of 8GB of DDR2 RAM @ 1066, 800, 667 and 533MHz
- 1 x PCI Express x16, 1 x PCI Express x1, 2 x PCI
- 4 x SATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors with support for RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5 and JBOD)
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 7025 graphics
- Unlock CPU Core technology boosts processor performance
User Reviews (2)
Plug-and-play compatibility right out of box, no need for reinstalls
Reasonable overclocking capabilities (+/- 0.5Ghz) for this price range
Overclocking options in the menu are intuitive and give good control over fans and cooling
Smaller in width than many microATX cases, can really save some space
Inexpensive way to get a budget media server up and running
Fans are louder than average, especially during startup
Not very stable with core unlocking
Incompatible with processors using over 95w
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