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  • ASRock P43R1600Twins-WiFi & P45R2000-WiFi

    Phoronix: ASRock P43R1600Twins-WiFi & P45R2000-WiFi

    Last month we looked at the EP45-DS3L and EP45T-DS3R motherboards from Gigabyte. These two Intel P45 motherboards had turned out to be great contenders as long as you are using a newer Linux distribution that ships with a very recent Linux kernel. Today though on the review block we have two new motherboards compliments of ASRock. The ASRock P43R1600Twins-WiFi and P45R2000-WiFi utilize the Intel P43 and P45 Chipsets, respectively, but the duo share the Intel ICH10R Southbridge and both feature an integrated 802.11g WiFi module along with system memory support for both DDR2 and DDR3 standards. There are also a few other extras with the ASRock P45R2000-WiFi such as ATI CrossFire support, dual Gigabit LAN, and two eSATA connectors. What's important though is whether these relatively low-cost motherboards work under Linux, and we will tell you that today.

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    Page 5, line 3 typo, recommend J->H
    Also, while I'm giving recommendations,
    I make very few typos because I'm almost always looking directly at text as I type it. (85 wpm now)

    This comment may be removed when the typo is fixed.


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      A Ralink RTL8187L ASIC powers the integrated ASRock 802.11 g WiFi. This isn't the best [COLOR=#234865 ! important][COLOR=#234865 ! important]wireless[/COLOR][/COLOR] chipset, but it should work when using ndiswrapper and the Windows driver.
      The RTL8187L is a Realtek chip not a Ralink. Ralinks have excellent linux support without need of ndiswrapper.


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        If the device is usb (check lsusb when connected) then the rtl8187 kernel module would be already there.