ASRock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard - Testing - Part One

Article Index
ASRock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard
Specifications
Testing - Part One
Testing - Part Two
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASRock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard - Testing

Now comes the part you've all been waiting for..... Testing!

In this section we've paired the H61M/U3S3 from ASRock up with a brand spanking new Intel Core i7 2600k CPU to see what it's made of. This is the first LGA 1155 board that we've officially reviewed so unfortunately we don't have another board to compare it up against head to head yet (we've got another couple boards that we will be reviewing in the upcoming weeks which will provide even more test data to see how this board stacks up). Basically in this testing we are going to be comparing the H61M/U3S3 up against previous Intel motherboard as well as some AMD boards that we've tested in the past. This should hopefully give you a pretty good idea of what this board is capable of as well as help you determine how much of a performance increase you can expect to see with an upgrade from previous generations.

In all of our testing of the H61M/U3S3 motherboard we have used the following test system:

 

Testing - PCMark Vantage

This first test is a pretty standard benchmark from the folks at Futuremark that focuses on overall system performance.

We will be comparing the ASRock H61M/U3S3 up against the following boards we've reviewed in the past:

ASRock X58 Extreme 3 (full review can be found here)

  • Intel Core i7 920 CPU @ 2.66GHz
  • 6GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600
  • AMD Radeon HD 4870
  • Crucial Real SSD C300 128GB SSD
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64

ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 (full review can be found here)

  • AMD Phenom II X6 1050T
  • 8GB DDR3-1333 Memory
  • AMD Radeon 5870 1GB Video Card
  • Crucial Real SSD C300 128GB SSD
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
PCMark Vantage

The results of this test are pretty interesting when you compare then up against the other test systems.

HDD Testing - All 3 test systems were running SSD's with the H61M/U3S3 system running the slowest SSD yet it was able to still post up a pretty decent result and beat the X58 system.

Memory - In Memory testing the H61M/U3S3 came in last due to us running the memory at a slower speed (1066 MHz), obviously when comparing it to two systems that are running memory at a much faster speed we would expect it to come in last.

Games - This was perhaps the most interesting category as I was very interested to see how the onboard Intel HD 2000/3000 GPU would be able to perform compared to two systems that had Radeon cards installed. The final result was pretty good for that H61M/U3S3 as it was able to achieve scores very similar to a system running a Radeon HD 4870. In the past onboard graphics has been seriously lacking in power when it comes to gaming but it seems like the Intel HD 2000/3000 onboard GPU is able to do very decently and should be able to play a good majority of games available today.

Productivity, Music, TV, and Communications - In the other 4 set of tests we see the ASRock H61M/U3S3 at the top of the list (and in the Communications test almost double the next competitor). The new LGA1155 Intel Core i7 CPU really shines in these tests and as you can easily see is able to beat previous i7 CPU's as well as the competition without much issue.

 

Testing - 3DMark Vantage

This next set of testing will focus very heavily on the gaming abilities of our test system. We aren't expecting any amazing scores due to the fact that we are running the Intel HD 2000/3000 onboard graphics but it should be very interesting to see how onboard graphics have improved as of late (like we saw in the last set of tests).

We will be comparing our testing system up against:

ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 (full review can be found here)

  • AMD Phenom II X6 1050T
  • 8GB DDR3-1333 Memory
  • Integrated Graphics - AMD Radeon HD 4290
  • Crucial Real SSD C300 128GB SSD
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64

 

3DMark Vantage

For this set of tests we have matched the ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 up against our ASRock H61M/U3S3 and are going to have a battle between integrated GPU's (Intel HD 2000/3000 vs AMD Radeon HD 4290). Naturally we weren't expecting groundbreaking numbers but we found that the Intel HD 2000/3000 GPU proved that it was clearly the winner and the ASRock H61M/U3S3 test system scores almost 5x higher.

The Intel i7 2600k also helped the ASRock H61M/U3S3 system score much better than the AMD test system but it is pretty clear that during gameplay you should expect to see significantly better performance thanks to the Intel HD 2000/3000 integrated GPU.