ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi Motherboard - Closer Look at the K10N750SLI-WiFi

Article Index
ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi Motherboard
Closer Look at the K10N750SLI-WiFi
Chipset and Motherboard Features
K10N750SLI-WiFi BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup and Subsystem Testing
ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi Benchmarks
Gaming and Real World Performance

Closer Look:

We'll quickly cover the areas on interest on the motherboard without going into a lot of detail.  Please click the thumbnails below for a closer look at the motherboard.  At the end of the pictures, we'll cover a few thing that you may have or may not have noticed.

 CPU and RAM
CPU and RAM
Bottom Right
Bottom Right
   
 GPU Area
GPU Area
 Switch Card
Switch Card

 

Where ASRock has saved some money is on the single card/SLI switching method.  They use the older switch card instead of providing a built in IC solution that is selectable through BIOS.  When the SLI card is in SLI/XFire mode it turns each of the PCIe 2.0 16x slots into 8x slots and completely defeats the purpose of PCIe 2.0.  Regardless, most cards don't take advantage of the increased bandwidth of PCIe 2.0 and certainly most systems built around an Athlon 5000+ or better won't be running two 9800GTX cards.

 

ASRock has even saved more money with the switch card as they have labeled it "SLI/XFire".  Don't get too excited.  This board doesn't support both Crossfire and SLI - just SLI, but the switch would work on both boards as it simply routes extra PCIe lanes to the second slot.

 Slots
Slots
Power Connectors
Power Connectors
   
 Power and WiFi
Power and WiFi
 Audio Headers
Audio Headers

 

As with all boards designed for high-power graphics cards and processors, the K10N750SLI-WiFi uses a 24-pin main power connector as well as an 8-pin CPU/Auxilary power connector.  If you are using SLI cards, there is also a standard 4-pin molex connector to help keep the PCIe bus stable.  This isn't too important anymore as the additional power connector on high-end cards provides them power, but ASRock is trying to keep everything as stable as possible - and does a good job of it with the power regulation and all solid-state capacitors.

We'll cover some of the 750a SLI chipset features and the board specifications on the next page before we take a look at the BIOS and overclocking.