ASRock P45X3 Deluxe Motherboard - Closer Look at the P45X3 Deluxe

Article Index
ASRock P45X3 Deluxe Motherboard
Closer Look at the P45X3 Deluxe
P45X3 Features and Specifications
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup, HDD Testing and More
Synthetic System, CPU and Memory
Real World Apps and Gaming
Final Thoughts and Score

Closer Look:

Like many other motherboards, the P45X3 Deluxe from ASRock uses a completely passive cooling solution that seems to work very well.  If you plan on doing any extreme overclocking you will probably want to beef up the cooling - at the very least add a fan to create airflow over the heatsinks.  With that in mind, the cooling worked very well for us though and we were able to gain a FSB of 460 for some testing on this board.  435MHz FSB was rock solid - not bad for a passively cooled setup.  The heatsinks aren't very large and none of them get in the way of the CPU socket area or the graphics cards.

Cooling
Cooling

 

The rear I/O brings some of the "Deluxe" features that ASRock is claiming with this board.  The board still ships with legacy keyboard and mouse ports, but has a CMOS reset button just below those old PS/2 ports.  Moving down we see a pair of digital audio outputs in the flavors of SPIDF as well as Optical.  A nice touch on this motherboard is the nine USB2.0 ports on the back accompanied by a Power-Over-eSATA port and a single Firewire port.  These sit just above the GB Ethernet port and 8-channel audio block.  There should be something for just about everyone here.  If you need more USB ports than are included on the rear I/O you can get another four on the bottom of the board.

 Rear IO
Rear IO
 Bottom View
Bottom View

 

The spacing of the graphics card slots allows you to use a pair of graphics cards with very large coolers.  With two extra slots between the PCIe 16x slots, you've got a lot of options for aftermarket cooling - as long as your satisfied with blocking all other slots.  The DDR3 area is a little crowded and the slots are squeezed in pretty close to each other.  I had no issues using Crucial DDR3-1600 with heat spreaders in these slots.

 Slots
Slots
 DDR3 Slots
DDR3 Slots

 



The last thing that I'll mention before we jump into the specs and features of this board and chipsets, I thought I'd point out the six SATA ports that adorn the bottom right corner - as well as the Power and Reset buttons.  This isn't the most convenient place for the buttons, but they have come in handy when doing some preliminary testing.

SATA Ports
SATA Ports