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P45R2000-WiFi Onboard Devices

11-Way P45 Motherboard Shootout
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ASRock P45R2000-WiFi (Revision 1.06)
Northbridge Intel P45 Express
Southbridge Intel ICH10R
Voltage Regulator Four Phases
BIOS 1.30 (07/18/2008)
333.3 MHz (FSB1333) 333.9 MHz (+0.17%)
Clock Generator ICS 9LPRS918JKLF
Connectors and Interfaces
Onboard 2x PCIe 2.0 x16 (Modes : One x16 or Two x8)
2x PCIe x1
3x PCI
2x USB 2.0 (2 ports per connector)
1x WiFi Card Header (Customized USB 2.0)
1x IEEE-1394 FireWire
1x Serial Port header
1x Floppy
1x Ultra ATA (2 drives)
6x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
1x Front Panel Audio
1x CD-Audio In
1x S/P-DIF Out
1x Fan 4 pins (CPU)
1x Fan 3 pins (Chassis)
IO panel 2x PS2 (keyboard )
2x Digital Audio Out (S/P-DIF optical + coaxial)
1x IEEE-1394 FireWire
2x External SATA Pass-Through Connectors
2x RJ-45 Network
6x USB 2.0
6x Analog Audio (7.1 Channel + Mic-In + Line-In)
Mass Storage Controllers
Intel ICH10R 6x SATA 3.0Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10)
JMicron JMB368 PCI-E 1x Ultra ATA-133 (2-drives)
Network
2x Realtek RTL8111C PCI-E Dual Gigabit LAN Connections
Realtek RTL8187L USB 802.11g/b Wireless Network Interface
Audio
Realtek ALC890B Eight-Channel (7.1 Surround) Output
FireWire
VIA VT6308S PCI 2x IEEE-1394a (400 Mbit/s)

We prefer three internal USB 2.0 connectors to support six front-panel devices (ports, card readers, etc), but ASRock sacrifices two of its six ports to enable the Realtek WiFi controller. Those who don’t use the WiFi controller are able to reclaim not just the ports, but also the second PCI slot which is otherwise blocked by the WiFi antenna connection.

Six USB 2.0 connectors are adequate for most users, and some of us would gladly sacrifice a couple in order to support both the WiFi adapter and two extra front panel devices. Pass-through connections for eSATA devices require included cables to be routed internally for activation.

ASRock’s 802.11g wireless solution is a model that was previously retired by Asus, when Asus made the switch to Draft-N. ASRock has a good excuse for saving money here, since the later standard is still in the draft stage.

Two RTL8111C Gigabit Ethernet controllers use PCI Express to supply full bi-directional bandwidth.

The use of JMicon’s JMB368 is unique compared to competitors, as this PCI Express x1 part supports a single Parallel ATA (Ultra ATA 133) cable but no SATA or eSATA connections.

ASRock still uses the ALC890B codec, a part which can’t even be found on Realtek’s site. ASRock rates it at 110db signal-to-noise ratio, and our audio tests will show how it compares to lesser-rated parts.

We don’t often find FireWire on low-cost motherboards, but ASRock includes it regardless of other cost-saving measures.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. ASRock P45R2000-WiFi
  3. P45R2000-WiFi Onboard Devices
  4. P45R2000-WiFi BIOS And Overclocking
  5. P45R2000-WiFi Software And Accessories
  6. ASRock P45TS-R
  7. P45TS-R Onboard Devices
  8. P45TS-R BIOS And Overclocking
  9. P45TS-R Software And Accessories
  10. Asus Maximus II Formula
  11. Maximus II Formula Onboard Devices
  12. Maximus II Formula BIOS And Overclocking
  13. Maximus II Formula Software And Accessories
  14. Asus P5Q Deluxe
  15. P5Q Deluxe Onboard Devices
  16. P5Q Deluxe BIOS And Overclocking
  17. P5Q Deluxe Software And Accessories
  18. Biostar TSeries TP45 HP
  19. TP45 HP Onboard Devices
  20. TP45 HP BIOS And Overclocking
  21. TP45 HP Software And Accessories
  22. Biostar TPower i45
  23. TPower i45 Onboard Devices
  24. TPower i45 BIOS And Overclocking
  25. TPower i45 Software And Accessories
  26. ECS Black Series P45T-A
  27. P45T-A Onboard Devices
  28. P45T-A BIOS And Overclocking
  29. P45T-A Software And Accessories
  30. Gigabyte GA-EP45-DQ6
  31. EP45-DQ6 Onboard Devices
  32. EP45-DQ6 BIOS And Overclocking
  33. EP45-DQ6 Software And Accessories
  34. Jetway HI04
  35. HI04 Onboard Devices
  36. HI04 BIOS And Overclocking
  37. HI04 Software And Accessories
  38. MSI P45 Platinum
  39. P45 Platinum Onboard Devices
  40. P45 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  41. P45 Platinum Software And Accessories
  42. MSI P45D3 Platinum
  43. P45 D3 Platinum BIOS And Overclocking
  44. P45D3 Platinum Software And Accessories
  45. Test Hardware
  46. Benchmark Configuration
  47. Benchmark Results: 3D Games
  48. Benchmark Results: Applications
  49. Benchmark Results: Video Encoding And Synthetics
  50. Performance Analysis
  51. Onboard Audio Quality
  52. Power Consumption And Temperature
  53. Overclocking
  54. Conclusion
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