ASRock ALiveNF7G-HDReady
Written by Michael Larabel in Motherboards on 29 July 2007. Page 1 of 6. 16 Comments

It has been a while since we last reviewed an ASRock motherboard, but this budget manufacturer has kept churning out new and more innovative products. The ASRock motherboard we have our hands on for this Linux and Solaris review is the ALiveNF7G-HDready, which combines NVIDIA's GeForce 7050 and nForce 630a MCP with a wealth of integrated extras such as IEEE-1394a Firewire to offer a rather good package for its low price. This motherboard is also capable of handling 720p H.264 video playback with low CPU Utilization and HDCP decoding through supported software.

Features:

Processor
· Socket AM2 for AMD Athlon 64FX / 64X2 / X2 / 64 and Sempron processors
· AMD LIVE! Ready
· Supports AMD's Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
· FSB 1000 MHz (2.0 GT/s)
· Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
· Supports Hyper-Transport Technology

Chipset
· NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / nForce 630A MCP

Memory
· Dual Channel DDRII memory technology
· 4 x DDRII DIMM slots
· Supports DDR2-800/667/533
· Maximum 8GB capacity

BIOS
· 4Mb AMI BIOS
· AMI Legal BIOS
· Supports "Plug and Play"
· ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
· Supports jumper-free
· SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support

Graphics
· Integrated NVIDIA GeForce7 Series (NV44)
· DirectX 9.0 VGA, Pixel Shader 3.0
· Maximum shared memory 256MB
· Dual VGA Output: support DVI-D and D-Sub ports by independent display controllers
· Supports HDCP function with DVI-D port
· Supports 720p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback
· NVIDIA PureVideo Ready

Audio
· 7.1 CH Windows Vista Premium Level HD Audio (ALC888 Audio Codec)
· Chipset embedded HDMI Audio

LAN
· Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
· Giga PHY Realtek RTL8211B
· Supports Wake-On-LAN

Contents:

We have used ASRock motherboards over the course of several years, and even with the many different ASRock motherboards, they all generally have about the same accessories with the ALiveNF7G-HDready being no different. Included with the motherboard was one SATA 2.0 data cable, one molex to SATA power adapter, I/O bracket, ribbon IDE cable, ribbon FDD cable, and two driver CDs. The ASRock product packaging is rather simplistic with just a cardboard divider between the motherboard and all of the other contents, but we've actually never experienced a damaged ASRock motherboard from this packaging.

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