ASRock A55 Pro3 Reviewtacohunter52 - November 17, 2011
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Socket FM1 hardware may not be the most beastly hardware available, but it can still hold its own if used in a budget gaming rig or multimedia PC. In fact, AMD Llano hardware is priced perfectly for it! If you decide you're going to build a computer based around a Llano chip, you'll have two choices of chipsets, A75 or A55. Both perform very well for their price point. From what I've seen, with the A55 Pro3 being the only A55 board I've used, the only major difference between the two is that the A55s don't overclock as well. That being said, for $75 you can get a decent little motherboard that has both AMD Dual Graphics and CrossFire support.
As far as layout and features go, the ASRock A55 Pro3 did ok. The layout of the board was great, except for the fact that a majority of the SATA cables were not right-angled. As far as features are concerned, I would have liked to see a bit more. I know I can't expect much from a motherboard that costs $75, and what you're getting for the price is great, I just felt as though something more could have been done. The included software may have actually fed my need for more, but the included CD did not work.
As for the board's performance, well, it was great. I was expecting a slight performance decrease from the A55 chipset, but it was able to hold its own against the A75 boards, performing more or less the same as them on stock settings. The ASRock A55 Pro3 was held back in the overclocking race, but that's because it was clocked more than 300MHz lower than its competition. I would have liked to see a better overclock come out of this board, and I'm hoping it was just something as simple as a BIOS issue and that it doesn't affect every motherboard. Really, other than that, the board was great. In my honest opinion, the ASRock A55 Pro3 is a great bang-for-your-buck motherboard!
- Five Non Right Angle SATA Connectors
- Non Working Driver CD