Based off of the 870 and SB850 chipset combination this board looks to pack a lot of punch for the mainstream user. Crossfire is supported via twin PCI-e 16X slots although they do run at 8x/8x electrical when both are populated. Processor support will include all of the current AM3 lineup with future support of course for the Phenom II X6 and X4 T series lineup. Powering the processor is a 4+1 phase VRM with a standard rating of 140W TDP processors.
Integrated into the board as well is ASRock’s UCC chip that should allow the unlocking of disabled cores, although its never a given that your CPU will unlock the feature is still useful and in demand. Power and Reset buttons are featured on board and even a Diagnostic LED for POST is on display. This should satisfy the needs of most users out there today.
Connectivity on the Extreme3 is good with 5 internal SATA 6GB/s ports and a solitary eSATA one on the back plate. USB 3.0 has twin ports along with the standard fair of 2.0 connections. Overall the ASRock looks to bring good features and Value to the latest in AMD Chipset design.
Availability is said to be in the coming weeks, though final pricing has not yet been determined.