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Now that AMD has removed the ACC feature from the CPU that many companies have relied on to unlock the extra cores on these processors, it is up to the motherboard manufacturers to use their brains to come up with a way for consumers to get the 'free CPU upgrade'. Asrock's way of doing this is called UCC. This is a simple BIOS option, implemented into the board. The UCC allows the unlock of extra cores when the processor is capable.
Feast your eyes on the new X58 Extreme3. It is an incredibly attractive motherboard, based on the high end X58 chipset from Intel. We read all the new specifications on the board like USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0. Impressive as those are, we could not get over the sheer good looks of the board. The combination of black PCB with blue and white slots and connections should make the motherboard a coveted component as many consumers are looking for a nice blacked out motherboard to go along with their new black interior laced case.
Our newest motherboard in the lab today is packed with everything you'll need to complete an awesome home theater setup. Based on the newest AMD 890GX chipset, this board comes with its integrated HD 4290 GPU that fully supports DirectX 10.1 graphics through its digital video ports and capable of faster storage transfer via its SATA III and USB 3.0 gives up all the latest technology. But coming from MSI we know there is more than what meets the eye.
The newest motherboard from ASUS is a prime example of what ASUS is all about. The P7P55-E Deluxe is based on the Intel P55 chip-set, which is more or less the budget version of the Intel X58 chipset. After you read this review, you will see there isn't anything budget about it. The P7P55-E Deluxe is a fully loaded motherboard with more bells and whistles than a new Lexus. Built from components geared toward maximum performance, this baby is aimed at the individual who wants it all. You can expect everything from great overclocking to the newest standard in data transportation in USB 3.0 and SATA III.
Jetway was nice enough to send us over their XBlue-H55, which is also based on the cheaper chip-set. It is one of a trio produced by Jetway. The other two models are the BI-751 and the HI06. Each has its own set of unique features. Out of the three, the XBlue has the between layout, feature set and colors. We will be coupling the board with a new Core i3 540 processor, a known overclocker, to see what the board has offer in graphics and overclocking headroom.
Even with the overclocking abilities of the H55M-S2H, it is still aimed at the HTPC crowd. Of which, I am a proud member. In order to get this board going, you will want to mate it with one of the new Clarkdale processors. Adding a monitor or flat screen TV will have you viewing your favorite movies or more in all their glory. If you want to see if this board has anymore surprises, then you will have to read on.
The H55 is the newest thing to come from Intel. Not surprisingly, Asrock was right there to send out boards to all review sites. We have often seen this from the 'big' companies. The first of the boards released was the H55M Pro. As all H55 motherboards, the H55Pro-M is a micro ATX offering with dual 16x PCIe slots for Crossfire support, four DIMM slots and support for DDR3 2600. We definitely can't call Asrock a budget motherboard maker anymore. There are many more features the new board has to offer and we will discuss them as we look over it. Now,we really want to know how well it will overclock. We all want to get a little bit more out of the motherboard and processor to make it worth more for our money.