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ASRock shows off PCI-E 3.0 motherboards

ASRock shows off PCI-E 3.0 motherboards

Gold capacitors and PCI-E 3.0 support were features of many of the boards on show.

Last week, ASRock brought its Fatal1ty Global tour 2011 to London to show off a number of new motherboards the company is bringing to market this month, most of which sport PCI-E 3.0.

The new boards are the company's first to feature the new interface, and are easily identifiable thanks to their Gen 3 suffix.

According to ASRock, the new standard brings a number of benefits with it, such as a doubling of potential bandwidth per lane and a reduction in the coding overheads associated with passing data over the connection. However, it doesn't increase the amount of power available to a connected graphics card.

Despite the boards being available now, it will still be a while before you can take advantage of the new feature, as there aren’t currently any PCI-E 3.0 graphics cards available on the market. However, there are currently rumours that AMD’s forthcoming Radon HD 7000-series GPUs will support the new standard.

Even with a PCI-E 3.0 GPU and motherboard, though, you’ll still need an Ivy Bridge processor to enable PCI-E 3.0 support on the boards, and these aren’t due to hit the shelves until the first half of 2012. It’s interesting that ASRock is selling PCI-E 3.0 boards based on the P67 and Z68 chipsets, though, as this essentially confirms that both chipsets will be compatible with the future Ivy Bridge processors.

You can check out some photos of the boards that were at the event below. Is it sensible for ASRock to be selling motherboards with a feature that can’t be enabled for at least six months? Let us know in the forums.

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jakobfrimmel 3rd August 2011, 13:48 Quote
those mobos lookk good... :)
its funny how all the new motherboards are starting to look really good...
Unknownsock 3rd August 2011, 14:01 Quote
They look good?!

Their Fatality series is horrible imo.
I do like their design for their basic motherboards though.
RichCreedy 3rd August 2011, 14:10 Quote
ooooh shiny caps
hyperion 3rd August 2011, 14:36 Quote
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Is it sensible for ASRock to be selling motherboards with a feature that can’t be enabled for at least six months?
They might as well sell as many as they can now while there's still no competition because as soon as gigabyte and asus release theirs I doubt many will go for an asrock board, especially since asrock's prices aren't nearly as competitive as they used to be.
Bede 3rd August 2011, 14:46 Quote
Hideous looking colour scheme, even in a market that is known for them! Good news about IB being compatible with P67 though :)
fata1_666 3rd August 2011, 14:47 Quote
Im not a fasn of all this face paint and masks. just give me the board and make it fast!
Bindibadgi 3rd August 2011, 14:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by hyperion
Asus release theirs

I will just say that for us, right now we have none planned afaik. Out of respect I won't comment on reasons why in a competitors discussion thread, but you can ask in the ASUS forum if you wish. :)
hyperion 3rd August 2011, 15:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I will just say that for us, right now we have none planned afaik. Out of respect I won't comment on reasons why in a competitors discussion thread, but you can ask in the ASUS forum if you wish. :)

I'm guessing it'll be a quite a while before pci-e 3.0 bandwidth becomes necessary.
Parge 3rd August 2011, 15:12 Quote
Look gorgeous! Seriously mobo makers, a big part of my motherboard buying decision is on the look of it.
flaming_goat 3rd August 2011, 15:48 Quote
Has a cap manufacturer just started making gold plated caps lol. I think I prefer the standard look tbh.
Elton 3rd August 2011, 18:13 Quote
Looks like brass shells over regular caps.

Now if it was aluminum covered caps...
V3ctor 3rd August 2011, 18:37 Quote
Even caps are modded... nice... I want acrylic caps please...
Elton 3rd August 2011, 18:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by V3ctor
Even caps are modded... nice... I want acrylic caps please...

So you'd just see a regular capacitor through an acrylic shell? :p
Sensei 3rd August 2011, 19:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by fata1_666
Im not a fasn of all this face paint and masks. just give me the board and make it fast!

Here here
Waynio 4th August 2011, 03:58 Quote
I see a molex power socket on all these boards, that'll make it a PITA for tidy cables especially where it's placed if it's necessary to use it anyway, maybe it's just for tri sli crossfire users?.

Funky gold caps :D
mayhem 4th August 2011, 11:11 Quote
@waynio what do u expect Fatal1ty isnt know for its neatness nor its ability to be good. Its named after a idiot in gaming who touted his name like a prostitute.
Waynio 4th August 2011, 11:42 Quote
True :D
Jipa 4th August 2011, 12:36 Quote
Can't believe they still want to use the Fatality-brand... It was lame already when it first appeared half a decade go, since then it's been used by Creative and Abit, and what good has it brought to them? Just ditch it ffs.
Shayper09 4th August 2011, 12:39 Quote
Wonder if I can trade in my z68 extreme4 for a gen3, those things look awesome!

Imagine one of those, a GTX 580 Phantom, and a black power supply in a RV03? NOMNOMNOM
tonschk 6th August 2011, 03:57 Quote
Please remove the IDE connectors , give the mobo a old fashion look
trees415 18th August 2011, 08:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by tonschk
Please remove the IDE connectors , give the mobo a old fashion look

That's not IDE, its for a floppy drive, which is still relevant technology as long as XP is around.
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