ASRock Conroe 1333-DVI/H Motherboard Review

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Introduction

When it comes to motherboards, the mATX format is not something that most people are just biting at the bit to get their hands on.  While it has its place, it certainly is not mainstream.  Even though that is true, it has not stopped ASRock from putting a lot of time into developing these tiny motherboards.  They are perfect for HTPCs because of size.  They are also great for putting together a budget system because the price of these boards is… well… small, just like the design.  It is interesting to see how many of these boards Asrock has put out over the last year.  We have looked at no less than three here at Legit, and there were more that we did not get a hold of.  Asrock must be pleased with their performance in this market, but will you be pleased with the ASRock Conroe 1333-DVI/H?  Let’s take a look and see if this board catches your attention!  First off, let’s look at the specs!

Product Specifications

 General
CPU - LGA 775 for Intel® Dual Core Core™ 2 Extreme / Core™ 2 Duo / Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 / Celeron® D

- Compatible with all FSB1333*/1066/800/533MHz CPUs except Quad Core

- Supports Hyper-Threading Technology

- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology

- Supports EM64T CPU

*FSB1333-CPU will operate in overclocking mode. Under this situation, PCIE frequency will also be overclocked to 115MHz.
Chipset - Northbridge: Intel® 945G

- Southbridge: Intel® ICH7

Memory - Dual Channel DDRII memory technology

- 4 x DDRII DIMM slots

- Supports DDRII667/533

- Max. capacity: 4GB*

*Due to the chipset limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® XP, Windows® XP 64-bit, Windows® Vista™ and Windows® Vista™ 64-bit.
BIOS - 4Mb AMI BIOS

- AMI Legal BIOS

- Supports “Plug and Play”

- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events

- Supports jumperfree

- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support

 Audio, Video and Networking
Graphics - Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950

- Pixel Shader 2.0, DirectX 9.0

- Max. shared memory 224MB

- Dual VGA Output: support DVI-D and D-Sub ports with DVI Graphics-HDCP card by independent display controllers

- Supports HDCP function with DVI Graphics-HDCP card

Audio - 7.1 CH Windows® Vista™ Premium Level HD Audio (ALC888 Audio Codec)
LAN - PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s

- Realtek RTL8111B

- Supports Wake-On-LAN

 Expansion / Connectivity
Slots - 1 x PCI Express x16 slot

- 1 x PCI Express x1 slot

- 2 x PCI slots

- 1 x HDMR slot

Connector - 4 x SATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors (No support for RAID and “Hot Plug” functions)

- 1 x ATA100 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)

- 1 x Floppy connector

- 1 x IR header

- 1 x COM port header

- CPU/Chassis FAN connector

- 20 pin ATX power connector

- 4 pin 12V power connector

- CD in header

- Front panel audio connector

- 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 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

 Other Features / Miscellaneous
Hybrid Booster - CPU Frequency Stepless Control

- ASRock U-COP

- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)

Support CD - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version)
Accessories - Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield

- Floppy/ATA 100 cables

- 1 x SATA data cable (optional)

- 1 x SATA 1 to 1 power cable (optional)

- 1 x COM port bracket

- 1 x DVI Graphics-HDCP card

Hardware Monitor - CPU Temperature Sensing

- Chassis Temperature Sensing

- CPU Fan Tachometer

- Chassis Fan Tachometer

- CPU Quiet Fan

- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore

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 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit compliant
Certifications - FCC, CE, WHQL

Not to shabby!  They pack a lot onto this little board!  Let’s move on.

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