ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional Motherboard - Testing: Part 2, Overclocking

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

 

CrystalDiskMark:

This next test wasn't so much of a comparison as just a point of reference for our test setup. For this test system we were using an Intel 320 160GB SSD. With this SSD installed these were the hard drive numbers we achieved.

According to Intel this drive is capable of Seq Read speeds of up to 270MB/s and Seq Write speeds of up to 165 MB/s. As you can see in the chart below the read speeds were a little bit below the specs provided from Intel but our write speeds were pretty much bang on.

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Overclocking:

While the AMD Phenom II X6 CPU's might not be the most overclockable CPU's available, we found that when paired with the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional motherboard we were able to get a decent amount of additional performance out of this combo.

The new UEFI (BIOS) interface is pretty easy to use when it comes to trying your hand at overclocking. This board has a bunch of features for overclocking that pretty much anyone could figure out. If you are a more seasoned overclocker you will also find pretty much every option imaginable to squeeze an extra point our two out of your system.

This board also features "Turbo UCC" which allows you to easily overclock, unlock CPU cores, and power saving options with the simple press of a button (X) while you are booting up your system. In the past overclocking has been an activity that involved a ton of trial, error, and research but with features like Turbo UCC you can literally be overclocked in minutes as opposed to hours.

Due to the limits of our CPU we weren't able to pull of any 20% overclocks, however, thanks to the easy features pushing our CPU up an additional 10% was a breeze and as you can see in our testing section was able to push our benchmark scores up a fair bit.

 

Testing Final Thoughts:

After all of the performance testing I think we could safely say that the 990FX board has outperformed the 890GX in the majority of the testing. In some more CPU intensive testing the 890GX might have had a bit of an edge but in more overall system testing it was normally a bit behind the 990FX. The performance difference between the two boards was really overall very minimal and I’d bet good money that you’d never see a real world difference between the two. In the majority of testing I’d say the difference between the two boards would be ~1-3% which isn’t a big enough reason to pick one board over the other.

Probably the biggest thing to point out was that the 990FX probably was able to overclock a bit better than the 890GX which is a good sign as I’d expect a motherboard more aimed at the “Enthusiast” market should be able to overclock better than a board that isn’t necessarily an enthusiast board.

In the next section we will go over our final thoughts and award a final score.