ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional Motherboard - Testing: Part 1

Article Index
ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional Motherboard
Testing: Part 1
Testing: Part 2, Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional Testing:

Thanks to previous reviews we have a pretty good idea what the AMD Phenom II X6 1050T CPU is capable of (we used the same CPU in our testing of the ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 Motherboard here). In this testing we are going to focus more on comparing the Fatal1ty 990FX Professional motherboard to the 890GX Extreme 4 motherboard to see how much of a performance difference there is. For this testing we have tried to recreate the test system that we used in our previous review as closely as possible to keep the results are accurate as we could.


Test Systems:

ASRock 890GX Extreme 4
ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional
AMD Phenom II X6 1050T
AMD Phenom II X6 1050T
ASRock 890GX Extreme 4
Radeon HD 5870 1GB
Radeon HD 5870 1GB
Hard Drives
Intel 320 160GB SSD
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GPU  Drivers
Catalyst 10.8 Drivers
Catalyst 10.8 Drivers


Let's get on with the testing!


PMCore Testing:

PMCore is pretty heavy on the CPU in terms of testing but as you can see in the next chart the 990FX chipset actually made a bit of a difference when compared to the 890GX.

As you can clearly see when we ran the test using multi-threads the 990FX was able to beat the 890GX but when we ran this on only one core the 890GX was able to win by a decent margin.



3DMark Vantage:

3DMark tests the overall gaming performance of a PC and its components. While 3DMark might not be completely accurate of all games it does give us a pretty fair overview of the performance you can expect with most games available.

The results of this test were in the favor of the 990FX when compared to the 890GX. While testing at stock speeds we found that the scores were similar for the CPU scores but the 990FX helped jump our graphics score by almost 2,000 points and overall the score jumped by over 1,000 points. Overall this improvement would amount to a little less than 5% which isn't that large of a number but if you are an enthusiast who wants to make your computer run as fast as possible you'd be happy to squeeze another 5% performance out of your system.

When we did the overclocked results we once again found that the 990FX was the clear winner and was able to put up some decent performance numbers.




Cinebench 11.5:

Cinebench is a good "multimedia" benchmark and it tests both the graphics performance (in the OpenGL test) and the CPU performance (in the CPU test).

After the first couple tests that we ran I was expecting pretty much the same results (the 990FX being ~5% higher than the 890GX).

In the CPU test we however found the 890GX was able to slightly edge out the 990FX. While the performance difference between the two boards was very minimal it was interesting to see. I'm not really sure how to explain why the 890GX would be a hair better, I guess it just is what it is.

In the OpenGL testing we found that the 990FX once again came out on top (like in the other testing). While the 990FX was able to come out slightly ahead, it wasn't by much and chances are good you probably wouldn't really notice the difference in everyday use.