- AMD 890FX
- FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
- DDR3 2000(OC) / 1866(OC) / 1800(OC) / 1600(OC) / 1333 / 1066 / 800
Somewhat Misleading 05/06/2011
This review is from: ASRock 890FX DELUXE5 AM3+ AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Onboard buttons for CMOS Clear/Power. USB3 3.5" sled included with adapter for rear panel. Good power management features.
The rear eSATA port is not actually an independent port. It is switched with one of the internal sata ports. If you mount the eSATA drive, it will BSOD or kick one of your internal SATA drives. If you plan on using all your SATA ports, be wary of this. I've never once used a board from any other manufactured that behaved this way. The eSATA should have it's own channel or controller so that it does not potentially interfere with your internal drives. This kind of cost cutting should not be on a $180 motherboard. Another con is that the onboard PWM fan controller for the CPU fan does not ramp down my fan enough, even at the lowest level. The fan is running at about 80% RPM even with a lower power CPU that barely generates any heat and never goes about 40C.
The board seems stable so far, but there are some quirks that should make people hesitate at spending $180 on this board. If you need the cutting edge AM3+ support, then it might be worth it.
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