ASRock ALIVESATA2-GLAN AM2 board (VIA K8T890CF) Review Intro 2/5
The board comes with 3 PCI, 2 PCIex1 and 1 PCIex16 slots. On the top left you would see audio codec, PCIe based GbE controller by Realtek 8111B chip. Towards the centre you will see the clk gen. At the centre is the VIA K8T890CF chipset. There is also a HDMI_SPDIF header connector on the top left hand corner of the board. This allows audio SPDIF audio to be output to a HDMI VGA card allowing the graphics card to output both audio and video thru its HDMI interface.
At the bottom left, you will see the 2 SATA 1 ports, 2 IDE channels supported by the VIA 8237A south bridge. 2 red SATA II ports are supported by Jmicron JMB363 chipset. Both SATA1 ports and SATAII ports support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions.On the right are 4 channels of DDR2 slots supporting DDR2-533/667/800 modules up to 8GB.
The back panel consists of PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse, 1 COM port, 4 USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 ch audio ports.
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