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ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv

The ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 775/ Socket T socket.

It has 8 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv

help iconCPU SocketLGA 775/ Socket Thelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetP965help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x4 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM8 GB DDR2help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR2help iconSATA 2.06
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR2 533 MHz
  • DDR2 667 MHz
  • DDR2 800 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots3help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 2 x fan header
  • Floppy drive connector
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • System Panel Connection
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • 1 x Serial Port
  • 1 x parallel port
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
  • 1 x Firewire connections
  • 1 x eSATA
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v1.x

ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv compatibility review

The ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv uses the Intel LGA 775/ Socket T CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the aging DDR2 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 800 MHz, and 4 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM. DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv has 6 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v1.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv's PCIe v1.x. The ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv supports up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves. Nvidia SLI is not supported.

The ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv has 7 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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