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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 11:06

Asrock intros Socket 939 board

Written by Fudzilla staff


Retro 790GX
Here's some rather strange news. Asrock is selling a new 790GX mATX board based on AMD's ancient Socket 939.

It packs four PC3200 DDR slots, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, as well as two PCI slots and a lone PCIe x1. There's even an eSATA port and the board features HDMI, VGA and DVI outputs, courtesy of Radeon HD 3300 graphics.

It all reminds us of AMD's golden era, the good old K8 days, but the board really isn't aimed at the nostalgic crowd. It's more of a replacement part or a convenient way to recycle ancient hardware and bring it up to spec, particularly in the video department.

At €61 it's good value, too. Bear in mind that your dusty K8 coupled with a 790GX should have no trouble wiping the floor with Atom based systems, so it's probably a better choice for HTPC rigs, despite higher power consumption.

You can get it here.

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+4 #1 BernardP 2010-10-19 12:13
I needed this 2 years ago when my MSI Socket 939 board died, forcing me to do a full upgrade to AM2+: mobo, CPU, DDR2.
 
 
+8 #2 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-19 14:56
Yeah, you and a lot of us as well... but think of it, mainboards die much faster than CPUs.

I like the move.

It would also be nice to see some HD5600 AGP cards for those that still have working AGP mainboards. Would make a nice upgrade for cheap.
 
 
+3 #3 Haberlandt 2010-10-19 17:50
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
Yeah, you and a lot of us as well... but think of it, mainboards die much faster than CPUs.

I like the move.

It would also be nice to see some HD5600 AGP cards for those that still have working AGP mainboards. Would make a nice upgrade for cheap.
AGP is for low performance cards. A Radeon HD 5670 is as fast as a GeForce 8800 GT, a card that has been in the market for years now and not a single AGP version.
 
 
+2 #4 Jaybot 2010-10-19 20:30
I'd buy one tomorrow - except it doesn't seem to be offered in the US. I've had a search on eBay for over a year, hits are rare and what's offered isn't worth the cash.
 
 
0 #5 JAB Creations 2010-10-20 00:14
The great thing about Asus is that they have lots of great ideas. The awful thing about Asus is they don't stand by their products, their products don't last, and if they do honor an RMA they will send you used junk. Too bad this board isn't from Gigabyte, I've purchased four of their boards all the way back to socket 754 and they all still work! Several friends have had Asus boards die. ...oh and ASRock is a subsidy of Asus for those who might try to say this isn't an Asus board.
 
 
-1 #6 yourma2000 2010-10-20 04:03
unless you have a spare socket 939 CPU and DDR stick lying around then I don't really see the point of this, if you're going to buy a new board then it may aswell be one of the cheaper models of the new 8 series chipsets, would be better overall performance
 
 
0 #7 octagonalman 2010-10-20 14:24
To JAB Creations
I actually trust Asrock more than Asus. The Asrock gear is much more innovative and their drivers website works much better than Asus'. I too have had Asus boards die but not Asrock. One thing I don't like about Gigabyte is their placement of SATA ports on uATX boards - they're obscured by any dual-slot graphics card.
 

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