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When we last looked at the ULi M1695 chipset, what we found was a very attractive technology that allowed board manufacturers a great level of flexibility in solutions configuration. In our tests, the ULi M1695 reference motherboard was also a surprising performer going head to head with NVIDIA's nForce4 Ultra. At the time, we speculated ULi becoming a strong contender to NVIDIA, but of course we all know what happened after. Just before the year was out, NVIDIA announced its acquisition plans for ULi Electronics and in a few short months, ULi and NVIDIA has become one.
No doubt NVIDIA will want to position ULi-based products as entry-level, putting pressure on its competitors in both the performance and mainstream markets, but do not write off ULi chipsets just yet. From what we've seen, ULi is capable of delivering a stable platform and performs well enough for enthusiasts to take interest in. The M1695 in particular has unique capabilities which ASRock has taken to design the very interesting 939Dual-SATA2 motherboard. Since we've talked at length about the M1695 chipset before (you can view the full article here ), we'll skip the details and focus on what ASRock has to offer with this motherboard.
Within the ASRock939Dual-SATA2 motherboard package, though you won't find a plethora of accessories to unleash the full potential of the platform, ASrock has provided the bare necessities to get you up and running soonest possible:-
- 1 x SATA data cable
- 1 x SATA power converter cable
- 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
- 1 x floppy drive data cable
- I/O shield
- Driver CD
- User's manual
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