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ASRock P43Twins1600 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel P43
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR3 1333 / DDR2 1066 *DDR3 and DDR2 are supported separately.

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The P43Twins1600 from ASRock is a great choice for an upgrade board. This LGA775 board supports both DDR2 and DDR3 memory so you can use your DDR2 memory to start and when you need more speed then you can switch the memory out for DDR3. The P43 chipset supports processors from the Celeron to the Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Extreme.

The motherboard has everything you would expect. It has 6 SATA ports plus an eSATA port for drives and an ATA133 header for legacy drives. There are 6xUSB ports on the back panel and 2 headers for 4 more ports. There is a 7.1 channel audio system with analog and SPDIF ports.

The motherboard supports overclocking and tuning with Intelligent Overclocking Technologiy and the ASRock OC Tuner. It also has jumper adjustments to ensure stable performance at any speed.

  • newegg Intel P43 Express Chipset for Intel CPU Based on the Intel P43 Express chipset, the ASRock P43Twins1600 supports Intel LGA 775 (Socket T) processors including the Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo and Pentium D series as well as the next generation Intel 45nm processors.
  • newegg DDR2 and DDR3 Combo Design The ASRock P43Twins1600 features four DDR2 and two DDR3 DIMM slots to provide the ultimate flexibility for system memory upgrades.
  • newegg PCI Express 2.0 Interface The PCI-Express 2.0 interface provides twice the bandwidth of PCI-Express X16 to handle the data load of next-generation graphics cards while retaining compatibility with current PCI-Express cards.
  • newegg Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity The ASRock P43Twins1600 features a fast Gigabit network interface for high-speed LAN connections at up to 1000Mbps data transfer rates with advanced security features to ward off malicious attacks. Gigabit LAN is ideal for supercharged seamless streaming of Internet audio and video content.
  • newegg eSATA Support The eSATA port on the back I/O panel provides easy setup and hot-plug functionality so you can back up photos, videos and other multimedia content on external devices with ease.
  • newegg Instant Boot ASRock's Instant Boot technology significantly cuts down system boot time, enabling you to boot up your Windows XP or Vista PC in just 3 to 4 seconds even after a full shut down.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsStill going strong!

Pros: This board has always been solid at stock speeds for me. Great features, plenty of connections, and dirt cheap when I bought it 2-3 years ago, along with a Pentium dual core E2180. I couldn't get much of an OC out of it at that point (as in, not stable at 2.3ghz, on a 2ghz chip), and assumed it was the mobo - so I backed it down to stock speeds, and have just had a stable computer since then.

Fast forward a couple years - I had not been using this computer lately, but am coming back to it to use as a home office PC. I decided to give OC'ing another go. I had used my original 2x 2GB DDR2 800 in another PC, so I slapped a stick of cheap DDR3 1333 in here....and bam, with little to no effort, I'm Prime95 stable at 3ghz on my trusty old E2180. NB voltage on "high", CPU voltage up to 1.4 (from stock 1.325), 10x300 (stock 10x200). CPU WEI went up to 6.4 from 5.1, breathing a bit of life into this older budget rig.

Cons: FSB jumper was a bit confusing to me at first.

Other Thoughts: I'm really quite thrilled to be getting some more life out of this setup @ 3ghz now, stable as a rock, with nice cool NB and CPU temps.

Pentium E2180, 2ghz @ 3ghz
AsRock P43Twins1600
2GB generic DDR3 1333 (@1200 with current FSB settings)
8800GTS 512MB
Seagate 7200rpm 320GB
Antec Earthwatts 500w PSU
Antec 300 case

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  • Kevin S.
  • 11/1/2009 10:53:11 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good.

Pros: Pretty amazing features and performance for the money. Using digital optical audio out, blu ray player and playing RPGs & Shooters with no issues.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I've owned this mobo for 13 months in a HTPC. In that time I have run XP32Pro, Vista32Ultimate and now Win764Pro. I have never had a problem with it. I must be one of the lucky few. There are many complaints in this review list and if these reviews were around when I tried to buy the board, I would have run away and looked at other manufacturers. Sounds like ASRock has zero support and that sucks.

I did update to BIOS 1.90 a month or so after I got the board - instant boot is cool when it works right. I have not overcloced, so nothing to report there. I have not tried DDR2 1066 or DDR3 memory - I will try DDR2 1066 soon @ 8GB, so I hope it works!

The rest of the primary configuration:

RAM: G.Skill 2 X 2GB DDR2 800 F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (stock cooler)

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  • Ward W.
  • 10/31/2009 5:03:08 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for a Year..

Pros: Have had a significant amount of time and this mobo has worked great. Used E7200 and E8400 CPUs and both fly. This has been in a LAN Gaming Machine. Also used DDR2 800 Crucial Balistix (4x1GB).

Cons: For the individual below, the screws come with the case! Also, the person that tried DDR2 and DDR3 together...are you kidding me!

Other Thoughts: Time to upgrade but it has been an excellent board.

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  • Ken B.
  • 9/29/2009 8:36:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWatch out if you need more then four Gigs or 64 bit

Pros: Price and options and thats it! I like how you can have two memory type and all the HD outputs loads of USB and a lot of room to expand.

Cons: Then I tried to load XP Pro 64 with nothing but TROUBLE. I had eight gigs of DDR2 ram and two HD's I couldn't get nothing to load it keep giveing me error after error message couldn't load OS with the memory I had and when I only had two gigs of mem it worked fine. then I tried to update the BIOS well good luck doing that I had to send it back to ASRock which was okay then I put the replacement board in and the same thing happened. Just go buy something else that will let you use a 64 bit OS without having to use MEMORY REMAPPING!!!!!!

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  • William K.
  • 9/25/2009 9:12:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: Comparably inexpensive. ICH10 chipset flies! paired with core 2 duo e 7500 2.93 1066 fsb, and gskill 2gb 1066mh pc8500. very fast! Booted no problem, mem timings were correct, processor clocked correctly. Did not have to mess with any settings in bios.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I built 2 computers with this board ( and the above mentioned proc. and mem.) for my parents, one almost a year ago, and one 2 weeks ago, identical computers, they love them and so do I !! I'm running a p4 3g prescott w/ 2gb pc3200 and theirs is so much faster..........I need an upgrade!!

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  • Michael D.
  • 9/4/2009 7:30:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs...Had to RMA

Pros: This time around it worked smoothly.

Cons: I was very excited when I got home and saw the package. I opened it up and... no screws. They didn't include screws in the package. Luckily I had a lot of extras from the rig and had just enough to attach the mobo to the case.

Other Thoughts: It's ridiculous that they didn't include screws. Everything else has gone well, though.

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  • Michael D.
  • 8/27/2009 7:25:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHad to RMA

Pros: Inexpensive, comes with a lot of features.

Cons: The IO shield had lots of prongs sticking out that were difficult to bend back, and they kept the mobo from seating correctly the first time around. The PS/2 keyboard controller was DOA, so I was unable to enter the bios or setup windows, etc. USB-based keyboards didn't seem to work either. Sent it back for RMA yesterday.

Other Thoughts: It's my first time building a computer, this was very disappointing as it took me around 3 hours to get it all together, then I needed to take it all apart again.

Also, it only had one 4-pin power slot next to the CPU, but I'm pretty sure that a Core2Quad needs two 4-pins? Also, after pressing the Power button on my case, it took a few seconds before the lights would all come on and the computer booted.

I'd still recommend to a friend, mine was probably just an isolated case. For how cheap it is, failures are to be expected. :-\

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/23/2009 9:06:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreap Inexpensive Mother Board

Pros: Supports DDR3 RAM, not to expensive.

Cons: No firewire, only 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 slot.

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  • Walter V.
  • 7/9/2009 5:00:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsModerately Cheap board, works.

Pros: Well, it definitely suits my needs. It has a PCI-e slot, SATA II, LGA 775 CPU slot, etc. It even has some future-proof-ness with the DDR3 1333 slots. Basically, if I could get it working, I didn't have problems. There are a lot of settings for it, so that isn't an issue.

Cons: Only real problems were only minor things. Simple things that could've and should've been fixed before it was put on the market. Like, the CMOS battery is RIGHT UNDER where you'd put a Graphics Card, so to flash your bios, you have to take out the Card. Also, if you're attempting to overclock, and it doesn't work, it will not refute back to default settings or anything of the sort, or even previous working settings, it will just try random under-clocked variations, that would some times take about 5 minutes to try one combination. Although, this was my first ever attempt at overclocking. But, i did get it stable.

BIOS wouldn't update on XP 32-bit, but Windows 7 RC x64 worked fine.

Other Thoughts: If you're okay with a cheap-ish board that you'll have to work with a little bit, then this will work just fine for you.

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2 out of 5 eggsNo Dice...

Pros: This board was a cheap board that boasted to be the end-all be-all. And I am sure some of you will receive that board.

Cons: My board is at best limping. It was never able to have a very stable OC.

For a while all the USB ports on the beast just shut off and wouldn't work for a month... I finally went through and disconnected everything and reconnected it with a positive result.

Later the board decided to stop working while i was playing a game and using bittorrent. I tried to turn it off gracefully to no avail, so I proceeded to cut the power. After this it didn't want to give the "happy beep" so I pulled out the ram and switched it, and re-seated everything else. It finally gave the happy beep, but then I had to reinstall grub (boot loader) because it was spitting out "error 17."

Other Thoughts: I am not entirely sure what happened to the board to make it mess up multiple times. If i hadn't installed at least a dozen different motherboards in the past couple years, I might have thought that I hadn't put something on tight enough or the like. But because I installed it and know that every thing was "all good" as far as connections I am led to believe that the board is somehow at fault.

I would recommend holding off for a different board. I wish I would have.

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