Asrock 880G Extreme 3 review

Kat Orphanides
2 Sep 2010
Asrock 880G Extreme 3
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
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It's a great board at a reasonable price, but you can get more features for the same amount of money elsewhere.



AM3, ATX, AMD 880G chipset, supports: Phenom II, Athlon II, Sempron 100

Asrock’s 880G Extreme 3 AM3 motherboard is a well-equipped ATX board with loads of expansion slots, SATA III, USB3 and an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics processor. Its three PCI-E x16 slots support ATI’s CrossFireX standard if you insist on having multiple graphics cards.

Considering the small performance increase, these slots are better thought of as additional standard expansion slots for peripherals along with the PCI-E x1 slot. There are also three PCI slots, allowing you to add cards that use this older connection standard.

The motherboard has six SATA III connectors and an eSATA port on its backplane. A supplied bracket allows you to add an eSATA III port to the back of your PC if you need one, though. The motherboard’s backplane also includes two USB3 ports, alongside four USB2 ports and a FireWire connection. The onboard VIA audio processor can output 7.1 surround sound via six analogue stereo ports or optical S/PDIF.

Asrock 880G Extreme 3

Overclockers and upgraders will be pleased with the onboard power and reset buttons, which make the motherboard easy to test before you go the trouble of connecting it to your case’s switches. There’s also a handy Clear CMOS button on the backplane, which allows you to easily restore your motherboard to its default settings. An LED display shows POST codes, making it easy to diagnose errors.

Despite an excellent range of features and a very reasonable price, the Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3's easy overclocking features give it the slight edge.

Basic Specifications

Processor socketAM3
Form factorATX
Processor supportPhenom II, Athlon II, Sempron 100
Processor external bus260MHz (2.6GHz HyperTransport)
Chipset north bridgeAMD 880G
Chipset south bridgeAMD SB850
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333/1600/1800
Maximum memory speedPC3-14400
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information


Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots3
Dual graphics architectureHybrid CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots0
PCI slots3
Fan headers3
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)AMD SB850 (6x SATA III, RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5)


Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Via VT2020 (5x analogue out, optical S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers6/4
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports1x PS/2, serial header
Other ports1x eSATA III, 2x USB3, 6x SATA III, DVI, VGA, HDMI
Cables included4x SATA
Brackets included1x eSATA
Software includeddrivers only

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment500MHz

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