K8S8X (SiS755) Review (1)
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Since its inception, ASrock has been making headlines in different regions for its cost/performance ratio. In Year 2003, we reviewed a number of ASrock boards and we are quite satisfied with its performance for its low price for entry level board.
In year 2004, ASrock again make waves by introducing their Athlon 64 board based on the SiS 755 chipset. As we know, SiS K7 chipsets were known for its stability and compatibility and its comparable to the bigger dual channel designs. Would the K8 chipset board be as good as the Ref board we reviewed before ? We will check it out.
At first glance, the ASrock K7S8X looks like another brand because of its deep blue colour. The board looks plain but is very clean. Paired with the SIS 755/964 chipset, the board supports 2 ports of SATA RAID 0/1 + 2 IDE channels making it very flexible in the choice of storage.
On top of that, this board comes with Boot Failure Guard. We tested it and it worked as mentioned in the specficiation. When we overclock it above certain FSB, it will not boot and the BFG takes over and asks if you want to reset to defaults by pressing F2.
The board comes with 6 channel audio supported using CMedia 9739 chipset. The rear panel has connectors for 1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors 4 x USB ports, 1 x RJ45 LAN connector, 1 x Parallel port (LPT1), 1 x Serial port (COM1), 1 x Audio ports (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in) and 6 USB ports.
Lets check out the gallery for more photos and BIOS features of this board.
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