The company ASRock has achieved significant results for the motherboards development. A modern ASRock motherboard is not a barrier for upgrading anymore. The motherboard ASRock K8 Combo has two processor sockets. This feature allows to update a processor of the previous generation for a newer one without an update of the motherboard and other computer components. This approach of ASRock is very convenient for an end user, though it is more expensive.
Simultaneously, ASRock proposes another solution for upgrading. If you are not sure that you will upgrade your system, then you should not buy a motherboard with two sockets. There is a motherboard, which has one additional slot. You can install there one more extension card with a new processor socket. If you need to upgrade your computer - obtain this additional slot, though it may look too complicated. Therefore, you can choose any of these methods for a painless upgrade according to your own wishes.
The motherboard ASRock K8 Upgrade 760 GX permits to use the first variant of upgrading. This is a budget device, which has some advantages that are unusual for this group of products. There are six USB 2.0 ports at the motherboard ASRock K8 panel. The system card has a reliable system for hardware monitoring ASRock U-COP, system Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G) and abilities for the processor overclocking.
Consider the following characteristics of ASRock K8 Upgrade 760 GX: the platform Socket 754; the support of the processors AMD Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 GX; the clock of FBS bus is 800 MHz. and there is also an opportunity for the support of 1000 MHz FSB.; the 5.1 sound codec; six external USB ports; the integrated network adapter 10/100 Mbit per second; the ATX form-factor; the size 229 x 244 mm.
The motherboard has the following chips: the northern bridge SiS760 GX; the integrated graphical kernel Mirage 2 with the support of DirectX 8.1 and 128 MB memory, distributed from the system RAM; the southern bridge SiS 964; the support of two Serial ATA ports with an opportunity for the RAID arrays organization; the dual channel network controller RealtekRTL8201 with the support of 10/100 Mbit per second mode; the audio codec CMEDIA CMI9761 with support of 5.1 sound.
Internal extension slots and ports for the ASRock K8 motherboard are the following: one port ASRock Future Upgrade; two slots PCI 2.3; one slot AGP 8x; two slots DIMM for DDR SDRAM PC3200/PC2700/PC2100 with the support of memory volume up to 2 GB.; two ports Serial ATA 150; two ports ATA-133; one FDD port; one three pin Molex-connector for connecting an air-exhauster of the processor's cooler; one three-pin Molex-connector for connecting a system cooler.
The back panel of the ASRock K8 proposes the next ports: two PS/2 ports; six ports USB 2.0; one parallel LPT port; one analogue VGA-output; one RJ45 network output.
The ASRock Future Upgrade slot is distinguishable among any other components, as it has an unusual bright yellow color. You can install an additional upgrade card to this socket. This way you can upgrade your system on the base of the ASRock K8 motherboard up to the Socket 939.