Asrock X58 Extreme3 Review
Asrock Extreme3 Packaging and First Look
Straight away you can tell this isn't your standard Asrock motherboard. The box is about as fancy as anything we've seen with an incredible hologromatic sheen that looks amazing from every angle.
The main features of the Extreme3 are naturally the most advertised elements with the 333 support and Gulftown support writ large for all to see.
Flipping the box over and it's nice to see that Asrock have kept the colourful finish on the whole of the box exterior. The various features are also exceptionally well laid out with everything that you could want in a clear position. Motherboards, by virtue of having so many elements to convey, can sometimes have busy boxes, but here it's fantastic. Top marks Asrock.
Opening the box has a slightly less impressive effect. No seperate boxes or compartments and even the inside isn't black, but it's not a big problem. More a little disappointing after the epic exterior.
Inside we have a few full colour sheets showing the various software that's included. Along with a large multi-language manual, the obligatory driver disk, and some SATA, power and IDE cables. IDE. Huh?
Taking the Extreme3 out of the protective static bag we get our first look and can see a rather peculiar layout. Perhaps we've got used to the way 90% of motherboards are made these days, but to see a fan, a very empty area behind the SATA ports and, amazingly, both a IDE port and a floppy one really just looks jarring.