ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi Motherboard - Chipset and Motherboard Features

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

nForce 750a SLI Chipset Features:

NVIDIA nForce® 750a SLI® MCPs deliver NVIDIA® SLI® technology for gaming performance at a great price. With PCI Express 2.0 for twice the bandwidth and NVIDIA® HybridPower™ technology for low-power quiet operation, nForce 750a SLI is the price/performance solution for the DirectX 10 gaming experience.

Intelligent Power Management
Plug in select NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU(s) and experience HybridPower technology. Unleash graphics performance for demanding 3D games and applications when you need it or opt for a quiet, low-power PC experience when browsing the web, word processing or watching HD videos.


SLI Performance, Great Price
Get as much as 2x the performance of a single card configuration with support for SLI technology. Play the latest DirectX 10 games at mind-blowing frame rates and resolutions without breaking the bank.



© 1998-2007 Epic Games, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Great DirectX 10 Gaming Experience
Up your game by pairing nForce 750a SLI with two GeForce 9 series graphics cards and experience next generation DirectX 10 games the way they’re meant to be played.



  • Designed for SLI technology
    NVIDIA® SLI® technology is a revolutionary platform innovation that allows you to intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics solutions in a single system with an NVIDIA nForce SLI MCP.

  • HybridPower technology
    Unleash graphics performance when you need it or opt for a quiet, low-power PC experience with NVIDIA® HybridPower® technology. Plug your GeForce GPU*(s) into an NVIDIA motherboard* for the ultimate control. Dial up performance when you game or watch video; go green and reduce noise and power consumption when you’re just surfing the web, emailing, and word processing.

  • NVIDIA Control Panel
    Easily adjust PC characteristics for maximum performance. Features NVIDIA System Monitor, so you can seamlessly monitor characteristics in an intuitive and customizable 3D environment.

  • NVIDIA® MediaShield™ Storage
    Suite of features that safeguards your most important digital media assets; always reliable, scalable, and accessible. Includes support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 configurations and up to six SATA 3Gb/s drives.

  • Networking with nForce
    NVIDIA networking delivers the highest network throughput at the lowest CPU utilization. The manageable and stable NVIDIA networking solution results in better networking management and a lower total cost of ownership. Only NVIDIA integrates this level of networking features to allow you to take your online experience to the next level.

  • FirstPacket technology
    Be the ‘King of Ping’ with NVIDIA® FirstPacket™ technology. Get the crystal-clear phone conversations and online gaming performance you expect. NVIDIA FirstPacket technology assures your game data, VoIP conversations, and large file transfers are delivered according to preferences set by you in an intuitive wizard.

  • PureVideo HD technology
    NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD technology is the combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video. PureVideo HD includes required content protection circuitry (HDCP) for playing the new Blu-ray and HD DVD movies at the highest quality possible, and is directly integrated with the leading HD movie software players. PureVideo HD delivers the ultimate high-definition movie experience on a PC.

NVIDIA® SLI® Ready SLI technology support with two identical SLI Ready graphics cards
NVIDIA Hybrid SLI Technology HybridPower™ Technology
GeForce Boost Technology
System Performance Tools NVIDIA Control Panel
NVIDIA System Monitor
Expansion Slots PCI Express 2.0 support
19 lanes, 4 links: 2 x8, 2 x1 or 1 x16, 3 x1
Up to 5 PCI Slots
CPU AMD Socket AM2+
AMD Phenom, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64
Memory DDR2 1066/800/667/533
Storage NVIDIA® MediaSheild™ Technology
Up to 6 Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s drives
Up to 2 PATA drives (Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33)
RAID configurations 0, 1, 0+1, 5
Networking Native Gigabit Ethernet connections
NVIDIA® FirstPacket™ technology
USB Up to 12 USB 2.0 ports
Audio HDA (Azalia)
Display On board display out
NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD technology

 

Now that we see what the 750a SLI chipset is capable of, let's take a look and see how ASRock has implemented this with the K10N750SLI-WiFi specs.

 

K10N750SLI-WiFi Specs:

 General
CPU - Support for Socket AM2+ / AM2 processors: AMD Phenom™ FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core / Athlon X2 Dual-Core / Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
- AMD LIVE!™ Ready
- Supports AMD's Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
- FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
- Supports Hyper-Transport Technology
Chipset - NVIDIA® nForce 750a SLI
Memory - Dual Channel DDR2 memory technology
- 4 x DDR2 DIMM slots
- Supports DDR2 1066/800/667/533 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Max. capacity of system memory: 8GB
*

*Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® XP and Windows® Vista™. For Windows® XP 64-bit and Windows® Vista™ 64-bit with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
BIOS - 8Mb AMI BIOS
- AMI Legal BIOS
- Supports "Plug and Play"
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, DRAM, NB, SB,VTT Voltage Multi-adjustment
 Audio, Video and Networking
Graphics - n/a
Audio - 7.1 CH Windows® Vista™ Premium Level HD Audio with Content Protection
- DAC with 110dB dynamic range (ALC890 Audio Codec)
- DTS (Digital Theater Systems) support
LAN - Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Giga PHY RTL8211B
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
Wireless LAN ASRock WiFi-802.11g module
- 54Mbps IEEE 802.11g / 11Mbps IEEE 802.11b
- Supports Software Access Point mode (AP mode) and Station mode (Infrastructure mode and Ad-hoc mode)
 Expansion / Connectivity
Slots - 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (green @ x16 mode, blue @ x8 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
- 3 x PCI slots
- Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ and Hybrid SLI™ GeFroce Boost
Connector - 6 x Serial ATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
- 1 x eSATAII 3.0 Gb/s connector (shared with 1 SATAII port)
- 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
- 1 x Floppy connector
- 1 x DeskExpress Hot Plug Detection header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x IEEE 1394 header
- CPU/Chassis FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- SLI/XFire power connector
- CD in header
- Front panel audio connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x WiFi/E header
Rear Panel I/O ASRock WiFi_SPDIF I/O
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x eSATAII Port
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker / Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
 Other Features / Miscellaneous
Unique Feature - ASRock OC Tuner
- Intelligent Energy Saver
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control
- ASRock U-COP
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- ASRock AM2 Boost: ASRock Patented Technology to boost memory performance up to 12.5%
Support CD - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version)
Accessories - 1 x ASRock WiFi-802.11g Module
- 1 x Antenna
- 1 x ASRock SLI Bridge
- 1 x ASRock SLI/XFire Switch Card
- Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
- Floppy/ATA 133 cables
- 4 x SATA data cables (optional)
- 1 x SATA 1 to 1 power cable (optional)
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF cable (optional)
Hardware Monitor - CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU Fan Tachometer
- Chassis Fan Tachometer
- CPU Quiet Fan
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
Form Factor - ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.8-in, 30.5 cm x 22.4 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design
OS - Microsoft® Windows® XP / XP Media Center / XP 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit compliant
Certifications - FCC, CE, WHQL

 

On the next page, we'll take a quick look at the BIOS before we jump into overclocking.