ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi Motherboard - Gaming and Real World Performance

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

Gaming Performance:

We begin our gaming performance section with the new 3DMark Vantage.  While many will argue that this is not indicative of real-world performance, it is a simple and effective way to compare similar systems to judge how tweaking, drivers and different hardware can affect your performance.  This benchmark is effective at producing consistent results as it is scripted and 100% repeatable.  Once again we show stock 2.6GHz scores with overclocked 3.2GHz scores.

 3DMark Performance Stock
3DMark Performance Stock
 3DMark Performance OC
3DMark Performance OC

 

Overclocking the CPU brought the 3DMark overall score up a mere 218 points, but brought the CPU component up by 828 points.  In reality, games will be GPU limited - even at 2.6GHz rather than CPU limited.

 

Because we only have a single 8800GT in this machine we only ran a couple of game benchmarks - and those at stock speeds.  The GPU is the limiting factor here; especially in Crysis.  Crysis was ran at medium detail with no AA while CoD4 was ran at 1680x1050 at high detail and with 2x AA.

Gameplay Performance
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Real-World Performance:

We wrap up with a look at video decoding (watching) and encoding.  We've used several HD Video clips at 1080p and 720p on both WMVHD and Quicktime H.264.  The faster CPU on this system, combined with the 750a chipset that features the GeForce 8200 GPU (although no connector present) provides pretty attractive CPU load numbers and the system easily handles HD Video without so much as breaking a sweat.

HDVideo
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To encode video we used DVDShrink 3.2 and ConvertXtoDVD.  DVDShrink development has ceased a long time ago, but this program is still very fast and is multi-threaded.  ConvertXtoDVD takes your favorite video files and converts them to a DVD format.  This program is also multi-threaded.  We show both stock and overclocked performance below.

Video Conversion
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Final Thoughts and Conclusion:

The ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi motherboard has a long list of features that should put it in the "Premium" market segment.  It comes equipped with SLI (albeit at 8x/slot), GB Ethernet, 8-channel audio, firewire, eSATA, six additional SATA channels, 12 USB2.0 ports and 802.11b/g WiFi.  It does all of this for under $140 currently - much less than a comparable motherboard from another company.  The K10N750SLI-WiFi also proves to be a decent overclocker and has a lot of adjustments, voltage settings and performance tweaks to keep your system on the bleeding edge.  The only downside to this is that current AMD processors are not as overclockable as they used to be.  Regardless, the board will be able to take you to the limit of your processor with ease.

 

All in all there is really nothing to complain about with this board.  If you're looking to build an affordable gaming system that can run SLI video cards, this board is certainly worth considering.

Pros:

  • Feature rich board
  • Good, clean layout
  • Overclocks well
  • Nice little software bundle
  • Blistering fast wired Ethernet
  • Built-in WiFi

 

Cons:

  • Intelligent Energy Saver doesn't work under Vista x64
  • RAM slots are close together 

BCCRating

Top Pick

 

I'd like to thank ASRock for sending over the K10N750SLI-WiFi for testing.  Make sure you go and post your feedback in the form at the "Comments" link below.