ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 Motherboard - Game Performance and Final Thoughts
As we fired up some gaming performance benchmarks, I struggled to find a good way to compare numbers with different platforms that BCCHardware has done in the past. As it turns out, this was pretty much impossible with the huge difference in hardware. We did include a simple 3DMark Vantage result however in order to sate your need for a gaming performance result on this board. Again, results vary by hardware, but you can see how it performs with the hardware we posted earlier in this review. Again, I included the results from the integrated HD 4290, but they aren't that impressive.
As you can see, overclocking yields a moderate increase here as well, but the bulk of the performance is from the HD 5870.
The original Far Cry games blew us away with its high detailed graphics, incredible field of view as well as amazing water effects. Far Cry 2 has left me feeling a little disappointed with its overall look as the game has a much grittier look and feel. That being said, it is still a popular game and it includes a very handy benchmarking tool. We ran a couple of resolutions with two detail settings to get a feel at how the motherboard affects performance in the game.
Once again, the results from FarCry 2 show that the integrated GPU is a little weak, but to be fair the game is very demanding. Still, when compared to a real GPU, anyone who plays games will certainly want to pick up a graphics card better than the on-board, but at least it gets you in the game at lower resolutions.
The ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 motherboard is very good choice for those of you looking to build a nice Phenom II system with tons of GPU and storage connections. It is a nice update to the AMD AM3 motherboards from ASRock as it now incorporates USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 (6Gbps) and eSATA 3.0 (6Gbps). It's nice to see that ASRock has included a special header and front-bracket to bring USB 3.0 to the front of your PC. It offers the standard 4 slots for DDR3 up to 1600MHz (stock) and up to 1866 (overclocked). Although the overclocking features look pretty robust, the end result is that it doesn't overclock very well - at especially with a Phenom II X6 CPU. This is a bit of a disappointment and looking around the web, I see that other reviewers had similar results. While it may not be geared for the tweaking segment of the enthusiast crowd, those looking for a motherboard with the latest features - including integrated Radeon Graphics, at a bargain price will have to look hard to find another board that can match the value. There's no question that it is great value - it's top notch.
- Fully loaded board with SATA & USB 3.0
- 8-phase power regulation for the CPU
- Silent cooling on Northbridge and CPU MOSFET
- Supports CrossfireX and all manner of VGA, DVI-D and HDMI connections - on-board
- 3x PCIe 16x slots for lots of expansion
- Front USB 3.0 Bracket
- Poor overclocking capabilities
- No rear
- SATA connectors are best mounted at 90° to the board so they don't interfere with long cards.
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