ASRock P45X3 Deluxe Motherboard - P45X3 Features and Specifications

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

Intel P45 Chipset Features:

P45The heart of the ASRock P45X3 Deluxe motherboard is of course the P45 Express chipset.  This chipset is made for the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad.  While the Core i7 and Core i5 processors are gaining popularity, I'm not sure how much longer the P45 chipset will be a viable option.  Below are some features and specifications of this chipset for the aging platform.

Desktop PC platforms based on the Intel® P45 Express Chipset, combined with either the Intel® Core™2 Quad processor or Intel® Core™2 Duo processor, drive performance and state-of-the-art technology to mainstream and performance platforms. The Intel® P45 Express Chipset supports the latest 45nm Intel® Core™2 processor family at 1333MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR3, Intel® Extreme Memory Profiles (Intel® XMP), dual PCI Express* 2.0 graphics and Intel® Extreme Tuning.


Intel P45 Express Chipset Block Diagram

1333/1066/800 MHz system bus Supports the Intel® Core™2 Duo and Intel® Core™2 Quad processors with Intel® Virtualization Technology◊1, and Intel® Celeron® processor.
PCI Express 2.0 interface The PCI Express 2.0 provides 16 GB/s bandwidth for platform graphics.
Intel® Fast Memory Access Updated Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) backbone architecture that improves system performance by optimizing the use of available memory bandwidth and reducing the latency of the memory accesses.
Dual-Channel DDR2 memory support Delivers up to 12.8 GB/s (DDR2 800 dual 6.4 GB/s) of bandwidth and 16 GB maximum supported memory size for faster system responsiveness and support of 64-bit computing.
Dual-Channel DDR3 memory support Delivers up to 17 GB/s (DDR3 1066 dual 8.5 GB/s) of bandwidth and 8 GB maximum supported memory size for faster system responsiveness and support of 64-bit computing.
Intel® Flex Memory Technology Facilitates easier upgrades by allowing different memory sizes to be populated and remain in dual-channel mode.
Intel® High Definition Audio
Integrated audio support enables premium digital surround sound and delivers advanced features such as multiple audio streams and jack re-tasking.
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology With additional hard drives added, provides quicker access to digital photo, video and data files with RAID 0, 5, and 10, and greater data protection against a hard disk drive failure with RAID 1, 5, and 10. Support for external SATA (eSATA) enables the full SATA interface speed outside the chassis, up to 3 Gb/s.
Intel® Rapid Recover Technology Intel's latest data protection technology provides a recovery point that can be used to quickly recover a system should a hard drive fail or if there is data corruption. The clone can also be mounted as a read-only volume to allow a user to recover individual files.
Intel® Remote Wake Technology Intel Remote Wake Technology allows users to remotely ‘wake up’ and access the home PC over the Internet while in energy efficient sleep mode. This unique feature enhances many existing usages such as remote media access, remote downloads, Instant Messaging, and receiving VOIP calls.
Intel® Turbo Memory Intel's innovative NAND cache designed to improve the responsiveness of applications, application load times, and system boot performance. Intel® Turbo Memory, paired with the Intel P45 Express Chipset, also allows the user to easily control the applications or data in the cache using the new Intel Turbo Memory Dashboard interface, boosting performance further.
Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s High-speed storage interface supports faster transfer rate for improved data access with up to 6 SATA ports.
eSATA SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. It provides a link for 3 Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.
SATA port disable Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports.
USB port disable Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports.
Intel® Quiet System Technology Intelligent system fan speed control algorithms use operating temperature ranges more efficiently to reduce system noise by minimizing fan speed changes.


ASRock P45X3 Deluxe Features & Specs:

The highlights for this motherboard are posted below, for full specs and features please visit the product page here.

  • LGA 775 for Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme / Core™ 2 Quad / Core™ 2 Duo / Pentium® Dual Core / Celeron® Dual Core / Celeron®, supporting Penryn Quad Core Yorkfield and Dual Core Wolfdale processors
  • ASRock DuraCap (2.5 x longer life time), 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
  • Intel® P45 + ICH10 Chipsets
  • Advanced V8 Power Phase Design
  • Compatible with FSB2000/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800, 4 x DIMM slots, Max. capacity up to 16GB
  • Supports ATI™ CrossFireX™
  • 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (blue @ x16 mode, orange @ x8 mode)
  • 6 x SATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
  • 1 x Powered eSATAII/USB Connector
  • Supports 2 x IEEE1394 ports (one port on back panel, one header on board)
  • PCIE Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
  • Supports ASRock Instant Boot, Instant Flash
  • Supports Smart BIOS, ASRock OC Tuner, Intelligent Energy Saver
  • 7.1 CH Windows® Vista™ Premium Level HD Audio (ALC888 Audio Codec)
  • Windows® Vista™ Premium 2008 Logo Ready
  • I/O Panel: 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port, 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port, 1 x IEEE 1394 Port, 7 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports, 1 x Powered eSATAII/USB Connector, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED, 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED