While most of the rage these days for Intel hardware is about the P35 and X38 Chipsets, for those looking at an economically-minded motherboard that may not support all of the latest and greatest features but can still work well as a Linux desktop, Intel's P965 remains a great option. One of the motherboards fitting this criteria is the 4Core1333-Viiv from ASRock, which utilizes the Intel P965 + ICH8DH while is still compatible with Intel Core 2 Quad 1333MHz processors. Through ASRock's AGI Express, ATI CrossFire support is also possible using this budget motherboard. But how well does the ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv work under Linux? We'll tell you in this article as we do our usual compatibility and benchmarking roundabout.
I have this motherboard, with a Q6600 and 4gb RAM (4 sticks of 1gb each). The bios shows 4096mb in the setup screen, but only POSTs 3264mb, and therefore linux can only use 3.18GB (I've tried both 64-bit and 32-bit with 4/64gb support kernels).
I can't find any relevant settings in the bios, and all the memory modules seem to work properly (with any 3, the bios posts 3072mb).
Does anyone know how to fix this? Michael, can you try a similar setup and post your results?