|Northbridge||Intel X48 Express MCH|
|Voltage Regulator||Six Phases|
|333.3 MHz (FSB1333)||333.5 MHz (+0.05%)|
|Clock Generator||ICS 9LPRS916JGLF|
|Connectors and Interfaces||Row 6 - Cell 1|
|Onboard||2x PCIe x16|
|Row 8 - Cell 0||1x PCIe x1|
|Row 9 - Cell 0||3x PCI|
|Row 10 - Cell 0||2x USB 2.0 (2 ports per connector)|
|Row 11 - Cell 0||1x IEEE-1394 FireWire|
|Row 12 - Cell 0||1x Serial Port header|
|Row 13 - Cell 0||1x Floppy|
|Row 14 - Cell 0||1x Ultra ATA (2 drives)|
|Row 15 - Cell 0||6x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s*|
|Row 16 - Cell 0||1x Front Panel Audio|
|Row 17 - Cell 0||1x CD-Audio In|
|Row 18 - Cell 0||1x S/P-DIF Out|
|Row 19 - Cell 0||1x Fan 4 pins (CPU)|
|Row 20 - Cell 0||1x Fan 3 pins (Chassis)|
|IO panel||2x PS2 (keyboard + mouse )|
|Row 22 - Cell 0||1x RJ-45 Network|
|Row 23 - Cell 0||6x USB 2.0|
|Row 24 - Cell 0||2x External SATA*|
|Row 25 - Cell 0||1x IEEE-1394 FireWire|
|Row 26 - Cell 0||2x Digital Audio Out (S/P-DIF optical + coaxial)|
|Row 27 - Cell 0||6x Analog Audio (7.1 Channel + Mic-In + Line-In)|
|Mass Storage Controllers||Row 28 - Cell 1|
|Intel ICH9R||6x SATA 3.0Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10)|
|JMicron JMB368 PCI-E||1x Ultra ATA-133 (2-drives)|
|Network||Row 31 - Cell 1|
|Realtek RTL8111C PCI-E||Gigabit LAN Connection|
|Realtek RTL8187L USB||802.11g/b Wireless Network Interface|
|Audio||Row 34 - Cell 1|
|Realtek ALC890B HD Audio Codec||7.1 Channel Directional Audio|
|FireWire||Row 36 - Cell 1|
|VIA VT6308S PCI||2x IEEE-1394a (400 Mb/s)|
ASRock endows the X48TurboTwins-WiFi with a complete controller set typically expected of high-end motherboards, but differs from the norm by using a non-SATA add-in disk controller. Intel chipsets haven’t supported Ultra ATA devices since the P965, and ASRock would have likely left the board devoid of any add-in controller had this not been the case.
The X48TurboTwins-WiFi port panel provides PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, coaxial and optical digital audio outputs, IEEE-1394 FireWire, six USB 2.0 ports, a single gigabit network port and six analog audio jacks. Two internal SATA to eSATA pass-through connections are also found here, but enabling these requires some very messy internal cabling.
ASRock chose JMicron’s JMB368 Ultra-ATA controller, rather than one that supports both Ultra-ATA and SATA. It uses one of the chipset’s six unallocated PCI-Express pathways to provide optimal performance…typically to slow devices such as a DVD burner.
Realtek’s RTL8111C uses PCI-Express to provide full bi-directional bandwidth to a single Gigabit Ethernet port. The motherboard’s single PCI-Express x1 slot and two third-party controllers use up only three of the chipset’s six “spare” lanes.
ASRock uses VIA’s ancient 6308 series FireWire controller to provide two IEEE-1394 ports. At 133MB/s, its PCI interface is more than fast enough to provide full performance for two 50MB/s (400 megabit) connections.
ASRock is the only company we know of to use Realtek’s ALC890B audio codec, which the company rates at a respectable 110db signal-to-noise ratio.
ASRock continues to use the AW-GA800BT mini-USB card previously found in Asus WiFi products to provide 802.11g/b wireless networking. Realtek’s RTL8187L controller does the job nicely.