ASRock A330ION ITX Motherboard - Closer Look at the A330ION

Article Index
ASRock A330ION ITX Motherboard
Closer Look at the A330ION
Specifications and More
Test Setup and Testing
Synthetic Testing Continued
Gaming Performance and More

Closer Look:

The ASRock A330ION is the first ITX motherboard we've looked at and you can't appreciate just how small it is until you see the rear IO barely fits onto the motherboard.  The Input/Output is pretty standard for a full-sized motherboard as it has a total of six USB ports (2 of which double as eSATA ports), VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, PS/2 keyboard as well as the standard 8 channel audio with optical output.  Also on the back of the board is a Gigabit LAN connector that seems to actually perform quite well.  We'll get into testing on the next couple of pages, but I was surprised that this little unit can actually perform as well in some of the subsystem tests.

 Rear IO
Rear IO

 

There should be more than enough connectors on the rear of the board as well as inside the system for most people to be happy.  When you consider that this board is about 6" square, you can't expect a whole lot.  ASRock manages to deliver quite a bit though.  Inside are the four SATA ports, PCIe 16x slot, extra USB headers and more.  Unfortunately, there is no support for Firewire.  I'd take Firewire over the Serial port that comes standard.

PCIe & SATA
PCIe & SATA
LAN & USB
LAN & USB

 

The power connector is a standard 24-pin affair, although I'm sure that they could do with something a little less.  ASRock keeps things standard though so that this board can be used in almost every case with pretty much any standard PSU.  This is pretty darn handy and the position of the power connection really couldn't be better - especially when installed in the Element Q chassis from Thermaltake.

 Power Connector
Power Connector

 

On the next page we'll cover the specs before we jump into testing.