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P45TS-R Onboard Devices

11-Way P45 Motherboard Shootout
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ASRock P45TS-R (Revision 1.06)
Northbridge Intel P45 Express
Southbridge Intel ICH10R
Voltage Regulator Four Phases
BIOS 1.00 (07/24/2008)
333.3 MHz (FSB1333) 333.5 MHz (+0.05%)
Clock Generator ICS 9LPRS918JKLF
Connectors and Interfaces
Onboard 1x PCIe 2.0 x16
3x 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)
6x USB 2.0
1x External SATA Pass-Through Connectors
1x IEEE-1394 FireWire
1x RJ-45 Network
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
Realtek RTL8111C PCI-E Gigabit LAN Connection
Audio
Realtek ALC890B Eight-Channel (7.1 Surround) Output
FireWire
VIA VT6308S PCI 2x IEEE-1394a (400 Mbit/s)

Two onboard controllers and three PCI Express x1 slots consume only five of the ICH10R southbridge’s six lanes, providing full bandwidth to all devices.

PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports and analog audio jacks are the P45TS-R’s only links to the distant past, with digital audio, six USB 2.0, eSATA, IEEE-1394 FireWire, and Gigabit Network ports dominating remaining space. The eSATA connection isn’t actually a port however, as it’s simply a pass-through connector for which a cable must be run internally to on of the Intel ICH10R’s internal ports.

The Realtek RTL8111C gets optimal performance from its PCI Express x1 interface, which provides the controller with more than twice the needed bandwidth for peak bi-directional traffic.

JMicron’s JMB368 also gets over twice the needed bandwidth via PCI Express x1. Its single Ultra ATA-133 connector is actually slow enough to use a PCI interface, but the use of PCI Express eases cable routing while freeing up a little board space.

ASRock uses PCI for its chosen IEEE-1394 FireWire controller, but eliminates complicated trace routing by putting it next to the southbridge. The VT6308S provides two 400 megabit ports, with combined traffic never exceeding the one Gb PCI standard.

Like ever recent ASRock motherboard we’ve tested, the ALC890B provides eight-channel (7.1 surround) output with a claimed 110db signal-to-noise ratio.

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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