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ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard - Test System Setup and Comments

Looking for a good low cost board for your i7 lovin'? ASRock may have your answer with the X58 Extreme.

| Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 7, 2009 2:27 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ASRock

Test System

 

Processor: Intel Core i7 975

 

Memory: 6GB Kingston KHX12800D3T1K3/6GX (Supplied by Kingston)

 

Hard Disk: Kingston SSD Now M (Intel X25-M 80GB SSD) (Supplied by Kingston)

 

Graphics Card: Zotac GTX 280 AMP! Edition 1GB (Supplied by Zotac)

 

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 (with an extra fan) (Supplied by Cooler Master)

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate RC-1

 

Drivers: Intel INF 9.1.0.1007, ForceWare 190.38

 

ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 Motherboard

 

Comments

 

As I mentioned in the BIOS section, I had a few issues with memory. I could not use the normal 3GB kit we use for testing and had to test with a 6GB kit instead. But I also noted a few boot issues. Often after the test system was shut down for a few hours it would not POST properly. You could hear the board recycling in an attempt to POST.

 

The usual error code for the restart was D8, which according to the ASRock manual is when the runtime module is pushed to memory and the CPUID is stored into memory.

 

This would seem to point to some memory stability issues with this board, at least at POST.

 

The ASRock X58 Extreme lists Tri-SLI support; this was something that I was unable to get working at all. With three GTX 280s in the system the board would not post. It would shutdown at error code 83 and that was that. Even standard SLI was a problem; it would often take a few tries to get the system booted.

 

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