ASRock N7AD-SLI Socket 775 nForce 740 SLI Motherboard

“Out with the old, in with the new”, “All good things must come to an end”, whichever worn out clich, you desire, one thing is definite: with the i7 processor now a reality, the end is near for the LGA 775. It has been a long run, much longer than I would have expected, comprising several generations of processors, from the last P4s, the Pentium D, and all of the C2Ds and Core 2 Quads. It has served us well, and many will mourn its passing.

Don’t expect to see a lot of new stuff for the venerable Socket 775. We’ll see some, but mostly we’ll see falling prices to clean out warehouses. It will be a good time for building budget-priced rigs with a lot of power.

nVidia, for one, has developed a new chipset for the LGA 775, the nForce 740i SLI. They took the bridges c55 + MCP51, used in the nForce 650i chipset, and built around it a platform for an entry-level SLI motherboard, to complement the nF 750i SLI and nF 790i SLI boards. Our friends at ASRock are the first to build a motherboard from the 740i SLI, the N7AD-SLI. They also have launched their new quick-boot system, ASRock Instant Boot, on this motherboard. Read on as we look at this latest offering for the LGA 775 processor.

The N7AD-SLI comes in typical ASRock packaging, with some specs and features on the box, and a long list of ASRock’s awards on the back.

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Inside, the board is in a static-free sleeve on a slab of foam, separated from the bundle by a cardboard divider.

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CPU: LGA 775 Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo / Pentium Dual Core / Celeron Dual Core / Celeron
– Supports FSB1600/1333/1066/800/533 MHz
– Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
– Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
– Supports EM64T CPU

Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 740i SLI

Memory: Dual Channel DDR2 memory technology
– 4 x DDR2 DIMM slots
– Supports DDR2 800/667 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
– Max. capacity of system memory: 16GB

– AMI Legal BIOS
– Supports “Plug and Play”
– ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
– Supports jumperfree
– SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
– CPU, DRAM, NB, VTT Voltage Multi-adjustment
– Supports Smart BIOS

Audio: 7.1 CH Windows Vista Premium Level HD Audio with Content Protection
– DAC with 110dB dynamic range (ALC890 Audio Codec)

LAN: Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
– Giga PHY RTL8211CL
– Supports Wake-On-LAN

Expansion Slots: 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (green @ x16 mode, blue @ x8 mode)
– 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
– 2 x PCI slots
– Supports NVIDIA SLI

Rear Panel I/O:
– 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
– 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
– 1 x eSATAII Port
– 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
– HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker / Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone

ASRock Unique Features: – ASRock OC Tuner
– Intelligent Energy Saver
– Instant Boot
– Hybrid Booster:
– CPU Frequency Stepless Control
– ASRock U-COP
– Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)

– 1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
– 1 x ASRock SLI/XFire Switch Card
– Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
– Floppy/ATA 133 Cables
– 2 x SATA Data Cables (optional)
– 1 x SATA 1 to 1 Power Cable (optional)

Hardware Monitoring:
– CPU Temperature Sensing
– Chassis Temperature Sensing
– CPU Fan Tachometer
– Chassis Fan Tachometer
– CPU Quiet Fan
– Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore

Form Factor: ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.2-in, 30.5 cm x 20.8 cm
– All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)

Certifications: FCC, CE, WHQL