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ASRock G43Twins-FullHD

Michael Larabel

Published on 4 November 2008
Written by Michael Larabel
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Conclusion:

While the motherboard had worked well with Ubuntu Linux, the integrated GMA X4500 graphics was the troubling spot. With the driver that ships with Ubuntu 8.10 we experienced extremely slow performance and other problems while with the latest driver and using all of the latest bits (including GEM), we could not even start the X Server. In a few months time though much of the invasive Intel graphics work should hopefully be over and the stability regained.

Aside from the integrated graphics problems on Linux, the ASRock G43Twins-FullHD was a fine motherboard. This motherboard provides both DDR2 and DDR3 memory support to allow for a gradual and easy upgrade process, has integrated Gigabit Ethernet, supports all of the modern Intel LGA-775 CPUs, and has six Serial ATA 2.0 ports. At a price of under $90 USD, the ASRock G43Twins-FullHD is also a very affordable motherboard.

If you are looking at the ASRock G43Twins-FullHD or other G43 motherboards and intend to use Linux, you may want to use it in conjunction with a discrete graphics card until the recent Intel driver work has settled. If you don't intend to use the integrated graphics, you have nothing to worry about and this is a very affordable motherboard that worked "out of the box" with Ubuntu 8.10.

For pricing information and other reviews on the ASRock G43Twins-FullHD and other motherboards, visit TestFreaks.com.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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