ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI Motherboard Review

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Introduction: ASRock – Smaller is better?

asrock alivenf6-dvi

ASRock continues with their small form factor development with the offering of this board.  Once again, as a reminder, this board was not meant to be an overclocking giant, or to be full of features to run a slew of drives or several USB/firewire devices.  This board was specifically designed for for the budget/HTPC minded that are looking for a quiet, easy to cool, and small sized board.  Let’s take a look at the specs and see what you do get…

 

CPU

- Socket AM2 for AMD Athlon? 64FX / 64X2 / 64 and Sempron Processors
- AMD LIVE!? Ready
- Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ Quiet Technology
- FSB 1000 MHz (2.0 GT/s)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
- Supports Hyper-Transport Technology

Chipset

- NVIDIA NF6100-430

Hybrid Booster

- CPU Frequency Stepless Control
- ASRock U-COP
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- ASRock AM2 Boost: ASRock Patented Technology to boost memory performance up to 12.5%

Memory

- Dual Channel DDRII memory technology
- 4 x DDRII DIMM slots
- Supports DDRII800/667/533
- Max. capacity: 8GB*

Expansion Slots

- 2 x PCI slots
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
- 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
- 1 x HDMR slot

Graphics

- Integrated NVIDIA GeForce6-class graphics DX9.0 VGA
- Pixel Shader 3.0
- Max. shared memory 256MB
- Dual VGA Output: Support DVI-D and D-Sub ports with DVI Graphics-SI card by independent display controllers

Audio

- Realtek ALC888 7.1 channel CODEC with High Definition Audio

LAN

- Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Giga PHY Realtek RTL8211B
- Supports Wake-On-LAN

Connector

- 4 x Serial ATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, JBOD), NCQ, and “Hot Plug” functions
- 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
- 1 x Floppy connector
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x Game header
- 1 x COM Port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- CPU/Chassis FAN connector
- 20 pin ATX power connector
- 4 pin 12V power connector
- CD in header
- Front panel audio connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)

Rear Panel I/O

HD 8CH I/O
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x VGA Port
- 1 x Parallel Port (ECP/EPP Support)
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x RJ-45 Port
- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker / Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone

BIOS Feature

- 4Mb AMI BIOS
- AMI Legal BIOS
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support

Support CD

- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version)

Hardware Monitor

- CPU Internal Temperature Sensing
- CPU Ambient Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU Fan Tachometer
- Chassis Fan Tachometer
- CPU Quiet Fan
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore

Accessories

- Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
- Floppy/ATA 133 cables
- 1 x SATA data cable (optional)
- 1 x SATA 1 to 1 power cable (optional)
- 1 x COM port bracket
- 1 x HDMR card (optional)
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF cable (optional)
- 1 x DVI Graphics-SI card

Form Factor

- Micro ATX Form Factor: 9.6-in x 9.6-in, 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm

OS

- Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / XP Media Center / XP 64-bit / Vista? compliant

Certifications

- FCC, CE, WHQL


Well, that is a look at all the specs, let’s take an up-close and personal look at some areas of the board.

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