ASRock K8 Combo-Z AMD Athlon 64 Socket 939 & 754 Motherboard Review

Manufacturer ASRock
Name K8 Combo-Z
Type / Chipset Socket 754 & Socket 939 / ULi M1689 Chipset
Dimensions +++ 21mm (43 mm radius) around the socket to the next capacitor or other parts of the mainboard – for further information see Fit for Fan. The overall size is 305 x 244mm.
Slots – 3x pci, 1x AGP master (1.5V 4x/8x), 2x S754 / 3x S939 DDR PC2100 – PC3200 (max. 2GB RAM)

+++ 1x Floppy, 2x UDMA133, 2x SATA, 1x serial (and 1x IrDA), 1x parallel, 2x PS/2, onBoard 10/100 Mbps base-T Ethernet, 8x USB 2.0/1.1 (4x internal/optional), 1x Gameport (mounting bracket isn’t delivered with the mainboard), 8-Channel AC’97 RealTek ALC850 onboard sound 6x connectors (1x int. Aux, 1x ext. S/PDIF, ext. Line in, ext. Mic, ext. Front out, ext. Side out, ext. Rear out, ext. Center/Subwoofer) and 2x fan connectors.

Vcore +++ BIOS between 0.80 Volt and 1.55 Volt in steps of 0.025 Volt / Jumper not available
Multiplier ++++ BIOS between 4x and 25x (1x up to 5x HT) / Jumper not available
FSB ++++ BIOS between 140 and 300 MHz / Jumper not available
VIO/VDD — VIO, VDD, VAGP not changeable
Performance**** +++ Ratings with HIS Excalibur Radeon 9600 Pro graphic card and Catalyst 3.6 ! AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (Socket 754) 3390 points with 3DMark 2003 AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Socket 939) 3513 points with 3DMark 2003
Manual and Labeling

++ Well readable, complete motherboard inscription and except the missing BIOS section it’s a detailed motherboard manual in different languages e.g. German, English, etc. Easy devaluation of the manual, because the BIOS is explained only in the manual on the CDROM, but in my opinion this doesn’t help if we’re in the BIOS !