ASRock AM2V890-VSTA AM2 board (VIA K8T890CF) Review Intro 2/5
The board comes with 3 PCI, 1 PCIex4, 1 PCIex1 and 1PCIex16 slots. The PCIex4 slot is open ended, that means you could plug in a 16x card and run in x4 mode. On the top left you would see audio codec, VIA Fast Ethernet PHY chip. Towards the centre you will see the clk gen. At the centre is the VIA K8T890CF chipset. Near the PCIex1 is a set of jumpers to configure the PCIe slots to enable dual graphics feature by disabling PCIe2 slot and enable PCIe3 slot for x4 operation. 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. (yellow connector between PCI 2&3).
At the bottom left, you will see the 2 SATA 1 ports, 2 IDE channels supported by the VIA 8237A south bridge. 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, 1 Fast Ethernet and 7.1 ch audio ports.
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