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Unlike many well-known computer brands that started back in the past century, ASRock was founded not that long ago – back in May of 2002. Despite this relatively short period of time, the company quickly became recognized worldwide. At first, ASRock mainboards attracted attention due to extravagant combinations of seemingly incompatible CPUs, chipsets and various technologies. Then the company won the hearts of certain user groups due to their high-quality budget and mainstream solutions. However, in late 2007 we learned that the company was going to enter the expensive mainboard market. This information proved absolutely true: ASRock started offering solutions based on high-end chipsets, such as Intel X38/X48 Express that couldn’t be cheap by definition. At that time we didn’t have a chance to check out these new solutions, so we are going to correct this omission today, by reviewing one of the newest ASRock mainboards proudly bearing an impressive name of X58 SuperComputer. The name suggests that the board is based on the newest Intel X58 Express chipset and supports Intel Core i7 processors. However, let’s not reveal all the details here. We are going to start as always with the package and accessories.

Package and Accessories Bundle

ASRock X58 SuperComputer mainboard comes in a vertical box of relatively small size for a flagship product. It features a convenient carry handle. The exclusivity of the solution is stressed by “Limited Edition” words on the box:

There is a photograph of the board on the back of the box with brief description of its technical specifications, peculiarities and supported technologies.

Inside the box there is the mainboard itself wrapped in anti-static plastic and the following accessories:

  • FDD and PATA cables;
  • Six Serial ATA cables with metal connector locks;
  • A pair of power adapters for SATA devices;
  • Two flexible bridges for CrossFireX or Quad CrossFireX configurations;
  • Two bridges of different length for graphics cards in SLI configurations ;
  • A 3-way SLI bridge;
  • I/O Shield for the case rear panel;
  • Big user’s manual with brief assembly and installation instructions in multiple languages;
  • CD disk with drivers and software.
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